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09-28-2017 03:19 AM

Just built a jewelry box from plans downloaded from Woodcraft. My success was due in large part to the detail provided. Anybody know of a good (preferably free) source for detailed furniture / project plans? I’ve got tons of downloaded copies of most magazines etc. but the Woodcraft plans were very detailed and even included the jigs needed. Could not have done it without them.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#1 posted 09-28-2017 04:11 AM

I am Certainly not going to tell you not to use plans. Most people do. But looking at your projects makes me believe that you are capable of compensating for basic plans. I searched the internet every way I could think of to find plans. The ones I did buy I was disappointed with because they lacked details. It forced me to use my mind to fill in those details.

Just my thoughts.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-28-2017 04:54 AM

Thanks for the compliment. I just feel like I need a few more under my belt. I’m still a relative noob and the plans helped show me the proper techniques for skills I feel I need to create my own designs. Although….as I look around the house at other stuff I’ve made and even sold, none of those had plans but none of them were very intricate either.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#3 posted 09-28-2017 06:45 AM

I’ve learned a ton over the years from Woodsmith. I’ve never found anyone’s plans as easy to follow as theirs. Instead of buying a bunch of individual plans from them, you might consider buying the back issues DVD and get most of their plans in a single package. You can browse their index here to see if you can find anything else you want to make. The search function is pretty handy for finding projects you want to make.

-- 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 09-28-2017 12:54 PM

Woodsmith is very good for detailed plans as lazyman recommends. I’ve used them for a number of projects.
Looking at your projects I’m with Monte. You need to step out of your comfort zone. I still use plan to some degree but usually modify and change things as I go.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 09-28-2017 02:14 PM has free plans that are well written. They tend toward simpler projects, but the have a few that I have made in the past. Videos of their show are also present so you can see the “techniques” used when building the project.

Worth checking out anyway 8^)

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#6 posted 09-28-2017 02:16 PM

Check out this thread … Plans or No Plans ...

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#7 posted 09-28-2017 05:08 PM

Check out this thread … Plans or No Plans ...

- Ron Aylor

Thanks Ron & everybody. Good points made and links to follow. I guess I could be obsessing/compulsing a little too much about needing plans.

A friend of mine has over 200 issues of Woodsmith Magazine since 1979 on disk and 3 or 4 seasons of the DVD’s as well. After looking through them I can see how they would be great thought starters but are easily adaptable to match materials I have on hand or available.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#8 posted 09-28-2017 06:08 PM

Don’t forget about books.

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 09-28-2017 10:49 PM

I do like the Woodcraft plans as well. Made this bench from them

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#10 posted 09-29-2017 04:12 AM

Found lots of skill building stuff @ Woodsmith including a whole book and plans for Shaker style furniture. I’m thinking this is on my list to make soon. Not something I could do well without plans.

As well as a whole book on duplicating the Green & Green style.

I guess I’m in an imitation/duplication phase right now. I know I can make finger and box joints etc. and make a good looking box or table. I just find it very challenging to try and reproduce stuff. Kind of like the jewelry box. Kind of a “how’d they do that?” kind of thing.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#11 posted 09-29-2017 04:24 AM

This isn’t a set of plans, Andy, but I think incorporating some secret drawers in one of your designs would be the sort of thing that makes yours stand apart from the rest. Just a thought.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#12 posted 09-29-2017 04:36 AM

Also not plans, but when I am looking for ideas, I like to do a search for whatever it is and click on the Images option. I find that just seeing the designs gives me ideas for my own creations.

I am certain that you have the skills to take an vision and figure out the internals.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#13 posted 09-29-2017 12:03 PM

Ditto all the way on Woodsmith. Though I don’t use store bought plans much any more if I am doing something for the first time I will search Woodsmith for a set to get me started. I’m trying my hand at making an infill plane from scratch so using a set of Woodsmith plans for that >>

I do still want to make a Windsor Chair and will definitely need plans for that.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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