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08-20-2016 05:15 AM

Many years ago (20-30) I built quite a few furniture projects such as cabinets, hutch, bed, night stands, childrens’ furniture, etc. I bought excellent plans from Furniture Designs, Inc. in Glenview, Illinois. At the time they had an extensive catalog of plans. Where is a good source for well designed and documented furniture these days?

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#1 posted 08-20-2016 05:26 AM

Far and few between sorry to say, just have todto the internet thing but not out there like they used to be. WoodCraft, Rockler, but the seem to be all the same. I got a set from Furniture Design in the 8os, perfect, cost about $15.00 or may be a bit less. Wood Worker Magazine, but I think have to be a member. Some on the Shop Smith web site. Then there are a few scam/bogus sites out there, dont go to them.

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#2 posted 08-20-2016 07:18 AM

Ted’s Woodworking / Woodprix

don’t pay for the plans! – Scammers

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#3 posted 08-20-2016 01:09 PM

Personally, I like the plans that Woodsmith magazine has though they may not have specifically the styles you are looking for. You can search their back issues here though you may have to purchase their back issue library to get full access:

Some free downloadable plans here from their TV show on PBS:

And they also have individual plans you can purchase:

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 08-20-2016 01:20 PM

Woodsmith is a good source and so are books and magazines. Popular Woodworking is one of my favorites. In addition to the magazine they have all manner of books and videos available.

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#5 posted 08-20-2016 09:16 PM

I have a DVD of all the Fine Woodworking magazines since the magazine was started. This source contains hundreds or maybe even thousands of plans from what I considered in the past to be the best woodworking magazine. Almost all current woodworking magazines also have a website from which you can buy plans. There is always Norm Abram’s “New Yankee Workshop” website which offers plans from the projects he has built for TV audiences through the years. All these sources cost money but I have no objection to paying for good intellectual property.

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#6 posted 08-20-2016 09:18 PM


-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 08-21-2016 12:51 AM

I used to love the projects in Shop Notes magazine.
Can’t understand why they quit publishing it.
It was the only magazine I always renewed for multiple years.

I think you can still get all the old issues on a DVD here

Would definitely be worth checking out.
They were published by “August Home Publishing”, who I think also publish Woodsmith.

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#8 posted 08-21-2016 01:26 PM

Here’s a link to free plans from popular woodworking. I’ve never tried any of them…

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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