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#1 posted 01-31-2018 12:30 AM

How does everyone start a project. Do you use purchased plans, Magazine plans, or your inner creativity.

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Yes. I’ve built multiple projects from magazine plans (FWW, Wood, American Woodworker, etc). I’ve only built one from tweaked purchased plans (Split Top Roubo, Benchcrafted), I’ve drawn up detailed plans, loose sketches, and I’ve built things totally on the fly without even a sketch.

It basically depends on the project and my mood. As an example, I’ve built four beds so far. The first is entirely my design, sketched out on paper with critical dimensions. The second was similar, although much more complex because it was a platform bed with storage, a torsion box, and a bookcase headboard. I did full plan for that. The third was, IIRC, 100% faithful follow of a platform bed from FWW. The most recent is an adaption of the staked bed from Christopher Schwarz’s The Anarchist’s Design Book, which, frankly, didn’t really have “plans” so much as “here’s how you build this.”

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