Reply by runswithscissors

  • Advertise with us

Posted on Plans or No Plans ...

View runswithscissors's profile


3134 posts in 3272 days

#1 posted 01-26-2017 01:23 AM

The problem I have with cultists is that they assume that each piece is going to be cut individually out of a board of certain dimensions. But often, one may be buying or working with boards that may be much longer or wider or thicker than the plans require. So the problem becomes how to make use of this material in an efficient way—getting as many pieces out of the stock as possible, while avoiding waste. I realize some people can probably work this way with no difficulty, but my mind doesn’t work like that. So I often make up the plan as I go (after either sketching it out, or with a simple project, planning in my head. Part of that mental process is rehearsing how I will make the individual parts, how to dimension them, and what kind of assembly steps are going to work best.

I become impatient with Fine Woodworking’s step by step plans because they not only tell, but picture, steps that should be self evident. Ex. Measure for and cut the mortices; measure for and cut the tenons. Using appropriate clamps and glue, assemble the parts with the tenons pressed into the mortices. (Not a direct quote, obviously).

Well, duh. How else would you do it?

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics