Popular Woodworking Plans To Download – Where To Find Them

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Would you like to start learning the woodworking craft? Woodworking can be a very relaxing and rewarding hobby that leaves you with a feeling of satisfaction when you complete your project. It can also leave you frustrated if you don’t know where to begin!

First things first! You need to have an idea of what it is you want to build or create. If you are a true beginner you need to start small and then build on your success and experience. True craftsmen learn their trade over time and they learn from their mistakes. You will too. I suggest you start with a small woodworking project like a bird house, simple table or jewelry box. When that’s complete you will have a set of tools and a completed project, (completed being the key word)! You will also have a sense of accomplishment!

Now that you have a general idea of what you want to build you need to have a plan. The plans should be complete and tell you exactly what tools and materials are needed to finish your woodworking project. There are several places to get woodworking plans: Books, Magazines and the Internet.

You can always subscribe to a woodworking magazine if you want to try another alternative. An excellent publication is Fine Woodworking Magazine and it is available through Barnes and Noble at a discount. Magazines and books are great sources for woodworking plans, but you may have to buy a lot of magazines or books before you find the right project you.

While all of the woodworking plan magazines, books and internet links that I list here are excellent, the largest single source of available woodworking project plans can be found on TedsWoodworking.com. The plans are not free but they are available to download and it makes finding a woodworking project plan fast and easy. To go to Ted’s Woodworking .com, click here.

However, If you prefer books, here are a few suggestions:

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Building anything can be intimidating at first. Experienced woodworkers know the key to success is a good plan. A good woodworking plan is kind of like having a good road map before beginning a journey. Whether you’re building a woodworking project or taking a trip, if you have a bad plan you’re going to get lost!

Before you begin your search for a plan, think about what you might like to build. To generate some ideas, look around at your surroundings.  Go visit some furniture stores (and grab their catalogs on the way out).  Browse through some woodworking or architectural magazines. You will be amazed at what may spark your interest to try woodworking. Or, you may already know exactly what you want to build or need to build and want to get right to it.

What your woodworking plan needs to contain for it to be a success:

  • Blueprints with detailed assembly instructions
  • Materials lists must be thorough and itemized
  • Woodworking tools required for project completion
  • Finishing options
  • Safety tips

Now that you have some ideas in mind of the woodworking project you want to build and what a quality woodworking plan needs to contain, it’s time to find the woodworking project plan that is right for you.

Finding great woodworking project plans doesn’t have to be a chore if you know where to look! There are three basic places to find woodworking plans: woodworking magazines, books of woodworking plans found at the library and at home improvement stores, and online on the internet. The internet has dozens of sites and clubs for woodworking that offer woodworking plans. Review the plans carefully and realize that you get what you pay for. Most “free” plans are mere diagrams with little else to offer. Some woodworking plan offerings found on the web cost a bit more money but are extremely detailed and provide step by step directions. Not sure about you, but I don’t like to be left guessing. I’d rather buy a good plan that will ensure my success than try to go the cheap route and not finish what I started out to do.  Again, your journey will only go as smoothly as the plan laid out before you begin.

If you do get a woodworking project plan and have questions about it, I suggest you take it with you to your local home improvement store and ask one of the workers there for their help. Don’t be shy. The people working in these stores usually have experience in the building industry and are more than happy to share their experience with you and help you get the right materials you need for your project.

 

 

Simple Woodworking Projects for Kids

Wood Projects For KidsWood projects can keep kids busy and engaged while learning a new hobby. We discuss the 3 things you need to consider when picking out simple woodworking projects for kids.

Working with wood is really fun for kids but it also has some other benefits that parents might not normally consider. For example, when working on a wood project, kids get in touch with their creative side. Kids also use some of the skills they learn in school like basic math, geometry and logical order (depending on how simple or complicated the project is).

When picking out a woodworking project for your child, consider the following: How much time are you going to spend helping the child complete the project? If the child is young or the supervising adult doesn’t have a lot of time to help build the project, then choose a simple woodworking project plan, or better yet, choose a pre-cut wooden dollhouse kit. Several companies make excellent dollhouse kits that require simple assembly with glue. Once the dollhouse is assembled your child can show off their artistic side by deciding what color to paint the interior or exterior. Dollhouses are some of the easiest wood projects kids can build.

Note: Children require adult supervision when working with any type of glue or tools and should never be left unsupervised.

If you and your kids plan on making this adventure a bonding experience, pick a simple woodworking project that’s still fun, but slightly more challenging. Some examples of wood projects that your kids might want to try are: a toy box, a music box, a jewelry box, a classic pony rocker, a rocking horse, a flag case, a bird house, a wagon or a chessboard to name a few. There are excellent plans available and some of the woodworking hardware kits even include free woodworking plans.

Some larger woodworking projects for kids to also consider building are: bunk beds, a cradle, or a backyard playhouse. The backyard playhouse is my personal favorite because it will take a little time to build, the kids will help build it, and then they will spend hours and hours enjoying it while the weather is nice outside. For girls (or for fathers / grandfathers to build and give as a gift to his daughter / granddaughter) my favorites are the dollhouse kits. If you’re a father or grandfather and you build one of the wooden dollhouse kits with your daughter or granddaughter, I assure you she will treasure it always. Boys may find a mail truck bank kit or a buckboard wagon kit fun to build from wood.

So remember, when picking simple woodworking projects for kids; keep your time commitment to helping them complete the project in mind, keep the wood project related to something the child finds interesting, and last but not least, keep it fun.

Woodwork Crafts – The Beginners Guide To Woodworking

Woodworking is one hobby that can also be a rewarding profession if you love to work with your hands and build beautiful pieces of furniture from wood. When you learn the woodworking crafts and become a fine woodworking craftsman, you will be able to build all kinds of furniture, (table, beds, and chairs), with ease. You can then sell your completed woodworking projects and make a handsome profit.

It takes time to become skilled in the craft of woodworking. The nice thing about working up to that expert craftsman level is you will be able to build some really nice furniture for you and your family to enjoy. Imagine building a custom coffee table or grandfather clock and having it sit in your living room. It will be a topic of conversation whenever you have friends come over to visit. They will ask: How did you make it? Where did you get the woodworking plans? How long did it take to complete the project? What kind of wood did you use? What kind of tools did you use? How on earth did you make such a beautiful piece of furniture? As you discuss your work, a sense of pride will come over you and don’t be surprised if your friends ask you to make one for them too!

If you are thinking you are too old or too young for woodworking, think again! You are never too old or too young for such a fun hobby and it’s perfect for beginners!

Where to Begin in Woodworking?

Start with an idea in mind of what you want to build and then get a really good woodworking project plan that is geared toward beginners. There are several small woodworking projects for beginners available for purchase from online woodworking retailers. A few woodworking plan suggestions to get you thinking are: a jewelry box, a music box, a clock, a bird house, a chessboard or checkerboard, a rocking horse for a child just to name a few. Of course you can start out with as grand a woodworking plan as you choose. However, the chances are if you start out with a small woodworking project at first, you will have a better chance of completing the project.

Your woodworking project plan should include some lists! Lists of: woodworking hardware, the amount and type of wood required, and the required hand tools and power tools to complete the project. Note: A word of caution about buying woodworking tools. Only buy what you need to complete your immediate or upcoming project. This is important especially if you are a beginner and just starting out. Tools are not cheap. The beginner needs good woodworking tools, but you can easily break the bank buying lot of tools you may not use all that often. When you do buy tools, buy quality. Do a little research and compare products. Buy the best that you can afford at the time.

Here is my Beginners List of Woodworking Hand Tools:

A claw hammer, wood chisel set, a hand saw, a miter box with a saw (for cutting angles), a coping saw, finish punches, flat and straight tip screwdrivers, a rubber mallet (for tapping pieces together while not damaging the wood), woodworking clamps, a wood vise, a bench plane, a rasp, a tape measure, a 12” steel rule, a 6” steel square, and don’t forget the wood glue and a brush to spread the wood glue! Of course you will need a dry place to work and may need a pair of saw horses to work on.

Here is my Beginners List of Woodworking Power Tools:

Circular saw, a jig saw, a table saw, a belt sander (to remove larger amounts of material and level out larger surfaces), an orbital finish sander, a 3/8” electric drill, a 12v or 18v cordless drill.

Here is my Beginners List of Woodworking Safety Equipment:

Safety glasses, clear safety goggles, dust masks, face shield, hearing protectors, Nitrile disposable gloves

We could go on and on with listing more woodworking hand tools and more woodworking power tools here, but the idea is to buy the essential hand and power tools that beginners will need. You can always add to your toolbox as you gain experience!

Guidance for Beginner Woodworking Craftsmen:

You now have a great new hobby in woodworking, you have purchased your woodworking project plan and you’re really excited to start using your new woodworking tools, but how? Your woodworking project plan should provide you step by step directions and techniques to complete your project. But if you are unsure about what to do there is help available! There are several places that beginning woodworkers can learn about the woodworking craft. First, subscribe to one of the several woodworking magazines available. Every month the writers in woodworking magazines do a story on how to improve your woodworking craft. Whether it is showing you how to apply a finish to a completed project, or how to make a mortise and tenon joint, something new can be learned every month. Next, is buying instructional DVD’s like the ones created by Fine Woodworking Magazine. Instructional Woodworking DVD’s cover topics such as: mastering your table saw, how to use a router, how to turn wood projects, turning wooden bowls, and wood finishing basics. As you can see, there are many educational resources available for the Beginning Woodworker to learn the Woodworking Craft.

Woodworking Plans for Beginners | Choosing the Right Woodworking Plan

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When getting started in woodworking it’s important to choose a plan that matches your ability. If you have never built anything from wood before then choose the easiest plan you can find. Woodworking can be a very rewarding hobby if you start small and build on your successes. With each project completion, review what went right, what went wrong and how to improve on the next woodworking project.

For the beginner, forget about trying to design your own woodworking plans. At this stage you need to work on your skills. After several ever larger and complex woodworking projects, you can give making your own woodworking designs a try. For now, get good at woodworking; build your skills and your confidence.

So what do you want to build first? A bird house? A small table? A doghouse? A chair? Or perhaps a plant stand or a jewelry box sounds like fun to build. Whatever you choose, keep it simple at first and at a skill level you feel comfortable with.

There are several places to get woodworking plans: Books, Magazines and the Internet. A home improvement store will have books with woodworking plans and so will Amazon.com. Amazon.com is also a good source for discount woodworking magazine subscriptions. An excellent source for downloading woodworking plans from the internet is Ted’s Woodworking. Scores of people have turned to Ted’s Woodworking for their woodworking plans and for good reason. TedsWoodworking.com has over 16,000 popular woodworking plans available to download now, filled with all types of furniture plans you can choose from and start today. More plans means more choices and the likelihood you will find the woodworking plan that is just right for you.

Once you have the woodworking design or plan, some pre-construction planning needs to take place. Before beginning your work on the project, be sure your plan has the following points covered: Detailed instructions, Tools needed, List of materials, Shopping lists, Assembly diagrams, Finishing options, and Safety tips. If your woodworking plan lacks any of these points, consider how each item needs to be handled. If you are uncertain, seek advice from one of the professionals at The Home Depot or your local building supply store. The bottom line is this: If you plan out your work and think it through before you begin, the whole project will go smoothly from start to finish. A smooth project has a better chance of being a completed!

Now you have your woodworking plan, you have planned out your project and have all your shopping lists. What are you waiting for? Go get your materials and get started building your first woodworking project!

The Beginners Guide To Buying Used Woodworking Tools

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Shop now for used and reconditioned woodworking tools

Whether you’re an experienced woodworking craftsman or a total rookie you can save money by purchasing used woodworking tools instead of new tools. Used woodworking tools still have plenty of useful life left in them and usually are being sold by someone who is looking to find a good home for them.

Where to buy used woodworking tools

When looking for used woodworking tools, several sources come to mind.

The first is garage sales and estate sales. Many people buy tools with great intentions but after a few years of the tools collecting dust in the garage or cellar, the original owner is ready to part with them. That’s good news for you because you just know that they have barely been used and the seller needs the cash. The next place I would look is in the local classified ads and the local thrift paper or penny saver newspaper. Weekend flea markets are another good place to find used tools, and lastly I would look on eBay.

When buying woodworking tools, be sure to inspect them closely before parting with your money. Yes, there will be some wear on them, but they should not be worn out. Hammer handles should be tight in the hammer-head. Saws should be still sharp, not bent or missing teeth. Hand planes should have blades without any nicks or gouges. Chisels should not have any deep gouges in the cutting edge (although chisels are fairly easy to get sharpened). Rulers should have legible markings. If you are buying power tools, be sure to ask the owner to plug them in and demonstrate that they actually work. Don’t forget your most important tool and that is your Eye Safety Glasses or goggles!

When buying tools, be sure to buy the tools you need to complete your project. Your woodworking project plans should be telling you what tools and materials you need to complete the project. Be sure you have the right tools for the job. If you cannot find the tools you need used, then by all means, go to your local home improvement store and buy new. While you are there, ask the floor person if they have a bargain bin or a section where returned tools are on clearance. In this slow economy it’s not unusual for people to by a tool for a home improvement job and then return it when they are done using it. You might pick up a good used power tool like a circular saw just because someone decided to return it to the store.  By the way, if you have any doubts about what tools you need for your woodworking project, your local home improvement store is a great place to get advice from the pros who are happy to help you.

We also have a large selection of used woodworking tools that have been reconditioned to be as good as new. Many of these reconditioned tools are sold at lower prices. Please check out our used woodworking tools for sale by clicking here.

 

Teds Woodworking Review – Pros and Cons

Ted’s Woodworking Review

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Created by Ted McGrath, Ted’s Woodworking is one of the most popular woodworking plans and projects packages online today. In this Ted’s Woodworking review we will take a look at this product and see what are the pros and cons of this package.

Ted’s Woodworking Review – What Exactly Is This Package?

Created by Ted McGrath, a professional woodworker, educator and AWI member, Ted’s Woodworking is a massive collection of more than 16,000 woodworking projects and blueprints which you can easily follow to build your own home furniture, garden chairs, dog houses, bird feeders, sheds and many more.
Ted McGrath spent the last 2 years putting together his woodworking package and according to him this package is the most comprehensive online today.

However, with so many woodworking packages out on the market and on the internet today, is Ted’s Woodworking really worth the money?

To answer this question and to find if this package is really for you lets talk about some of the pros and cons of Ted McGrath’s woodworking package.

Ted’s Woodworking Review – The Pros And Cons

The Pros

Suitable For Different Levels

There is no doubt that many woodworkers can benefit from this package. Beginners will find these woodworking plans’ clear and concise nature gives them a solid foundation to build their first projects as they build their confidence to move on to more complex carpentry projects and increase their skill level. Advanced and professional woodworkers will appreciate the huge variety of projects and the time-saving value of having a high quality set of plans waiting for virtually any challenge.

Very Useful Bonuses

When you order Ted’s woodworking package you will also receive these 3 bonuses:

1. Free drawing and CAD plan viewer

2. 150 premium woodworking videos

3. The Complete Woodworking Carpentry Guide

The complete woodworking carpentry guide (a 200-page guide with carpentry tips and tricks) is very useful for beginners and the premium videos can help any woodworker to hone his carpentry skills.

Surprisingly Organized

With 16,000 plans, you’d expect Ted’s Woodworking to be pretty disorganized. However I found it pretty easy to find the exact project I wanted.

Money Back Guarantee

The product comes with 60-day money back guarantee and if you are not completely satisfied with what you get, you will receive your money back.

The Cons

It May Take Time To Download The Package

The size of this download package is not small and if you have slow internet connection it may take you a couple of hours to download all the blueprints.

In this case it may be a good idea to upgrade to the DVD edition (you can do it at the members’ area).

May Be A Little Overwhelming At First

Just because there are so many woodworking projects and plans, the members’ area can be a little overwhelming at first. However the plans are organized by category and once you get started, you will find it is not difficult to find what you are looking for.

Ted’s Woodworking Review – The Bottom Line

Overall, there is no doubt that Ted’s Woodworking is a very comprehensive and detailed woodworking package that comes with a great amount of solutions for any kind of woodworking project you might think of.

There are other great woodworking packages online and some of them are cheaper than this one, but I seriously doubt that you will find any package that is as comprehensive as this one with its thousands of detailed instructions for all kinds of projects, great bonuses and very good customer support.

I hope that you found this Ted’s Woodworking review to be helpful for you, all the best!

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Woodworking Projects Made Easy With Woodworking Plans

Have you finished any DIY woodworking projects before? If you’ve done it, you’re aware of the fact that good construction requires some really good planning. If this is your first try it’s important to make sure that you’ve got a plan before you start.

It doesn’t have to be difficult to come up with a plan for the project you’re considering to start with and the project will much more likely become as you want it to be if you take yourself time to plan everything carefully before you start using your tools.

One easy way to find a good plan for your woodworking project is to look online. The net is full of interesting woodworking plans for DIY projects and you will be amazed by how easy it is to find one that seems to be suitable for you. You will in most cases be able to choose between hundreds, or even thousands of woodworking plans and most of them are really good and easy to follow.

When you’ve decided what plan you would like to use, take a closer look at it. You might need to search a little on the internet in order to learn more about woodworking before you’re ready to start. It’s important that you have some knowledge on the topic before you start building something yourself.  It’s more difficult than you might think and it’s easy to get hurt unless you’re careful.

If you’ve read plenty about DIY woodworking projects on the internet but would like to get some answers to things that you think are difficult to understand, it’s wise to register for a member account on a forum regarding woodworking. You will soon discover that there are several forums to choose from and other members will be able to help you get an answer to every question you might have.

The most important thing when you’re into woodworking is the safety. You always need to be aware of the fact that you can get hurt if you’re not careful. This is important to keep in mind even if you’ve completed many woodworking projects before. It’s actually easier for experienced constructors to get hurt since they are usually more careless than beginners.

As you can see you need to do three things to start with. Find a good woodworking plan, learn as much as you can about woodworking and be as careful as you can when you start working with the project.

Woodwork Plans For Beginners – How To Choose The Right One

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Woodworking Plans and Projects

All rookies need to find woodwork plans that matches their skills. The best thing to do is to start with an easy project that you will be able to finish. Finishing a project will most likely make you feel very satisfied and it will probably be the first of many woodworking projects for you.

In the beginning you don’t have to come up with your own woodwork plans. It can be a bit tricky to create woodwork plans and you can use already existing ones in the beginning. You will be able to find plenty of them on the internet but also in magazines and books. You don’t even have to buy all the books unless you want to, you can visit the library and borrow a few suitable books with woodwork plans.

It’s important to remember that every woodworking project needs to be planned. You will be able to avoid making unnecessary mistakes if you’re using woodwork plans for all your projects and it will help you save a lot of time as well. There are many reasons why you should spend enough time on the planning part of your work before you go ahead with the constructing part. The chance that you will succeed and achieve the result you would like to get is much larger if you’re using one of the good woodwork plans that can be found in books and magazines. You can also use something that you find on the internet but it’s important to remember that you have to check the accuracy before you follow one of these since the internet is full of unverified information.

As soon as you get more experienced you might want to come up with your own special woodworking plans. It will make all your furniture more exclusive and special since they won’t look exactly like the furniture that other woodworkers create. It’s certainly a lot more fun to create your own items without copying someone else plans and this is necessary if you would like to have the woodworking craft as your profession in the future. It’s actually possible to make a lot of money from woodworking if you’re skillful, patient and careful.

It’s not always easy to choose woodwork plans for rookies but you should try to use books and magazines instead of the internet as often as possible since you will get more accurate results by doing that. You should also start to create your own woodwork plans as soon as possible since that will make woodworking even more fun. To learn how you can download over 16,000 woodworking plans, Click Here!