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#1 posted 10-31-2016 01:41 PM

First off welcome and realise we all were in your shoes at one time. I think most like making things rather than doing plans and it takes a lot of work to do it right. I know a lot of people who like making jigs as much as making furniture and that takes a skill to draw it up.

If you just getting started, I’d reccomend I got a few good ones from them. I like them because you get the PDF and so I could keep it and print it as often as I like.

I know Norm Abrams retired, but he has good plans and his drawings were great. I still have one of his around somewhere. His website still has some.

Finewoodworking plans are very good high quality drawings, but I bought the country hutch plan from them and found math errors in it. I used it as a reference and built the bottom case and kinda took it on my own from there.

I think you will find thats what you will develop. Worst mistake I ever made when I was young (long time ago). I got some plans for a cradle for my first son. I took the cut list and cut all the parts to spec then started my build. Well as they say spit happens. It did not go quite that easy. Had to get some more stock to deal with the issues (that come up everytime).

Now if I start with plans, its just that a start, and I make to piece as it goes and life is so much easier. You will find you like certain parts of the piece but not others and you will put yourself into the piece.

Finally you will get to where you do your own.

Finally take some time and get to know a drawing program like sketchup or others. As you do one plan you can easily start with that and take components or scale it to something else easily.

I had one client who wanted one of my pie-safe’s but with some “minor” changes. I was able to do that in sketchup by scaling the piece. In the end his minor changes were turning a pie-safe into a bureau.

What ever you do….I mean this…. Stay away from “TEDS plans”.

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