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Forum topic by OldBull posted 05-06-2020 03:17 PM 292 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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OldBull

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05-06-2020 03:17 PM

Paying for internet stuff, yeh right. Maybe I am a little quick to judge on this one. I am sure there are people out there who have recieved some free woodworking plans and decided to throw them out there for sale. But maybe there are some people who deserve it.

What are your thoughts on buying plans ???
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-- My favorite square is 40 grit sandpaper


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HokieKen

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#1 posted 05-06-2020 03:24 PM

Certainly there are some plans worth paying for. You won’t find them in the midst of 16 million plans for only $39.95 though. Woodsmith has good plans for sale and people like Mathais Wendel over at woodgears offer really nice plans for sale as well. As a general rule, don’t buy plans unless you’re buying them from the person/organization who developed them.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 05-06-2020 03:26 PM

Ken’s advice is spot on!

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#3 posted 05-06-2020 03:37 PM

Lee Valley has great plans! Have a few that may even get built. Someday:) What I need now are the plans for Bandits Carcass saw!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 05-06-2020 03:44 PM

^...Absolutely…^

My best standalone WW plans that I ever purchased was Bob Lang’s 21st Century Work Bench even though I had the article in October 2008 issue of Popular Woodworking that contained those same plans. The article contained some measurement errors and by ordering the CD I got the full SketchUp digital copy that was/is dead-on.

That said, focusing on the best legitimate WW source for your plans, is by far the best bet. BTW, here is how my bench turned out, particularly since it was my very first “serious” WW project:
https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/45812

I still have Bob Lang’s SketchUp CD, but I CHOOSE not to sell it to anyone. After all, Bob has earned the Rights (read copyright) to the design , and he deserves the $$$ from sales of same. Just my 2-cents…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 05-06-2020 05:10 PM



Lee Valley has great plans! Have a few that may even get built. Someday:) What I need now are the plans for Bandits Carcass saw!

- Andre

There are free plans available for Gramercy’s Bow Saw kits Andre. They could be pretty easily adapted and scaled up to be used for a larger saw.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Andre

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#6 posted 05-06-2020 05:24 PM

Ya I know, looked at them when I made the handles for a gents saw, found it easier just to pull the Gramercy saw carefully out of its padded box, gently trace the pattern onto a chunk of Walnut then repack the saw and put it back into the Safe!
Did buy the plans for the Traditional workbench from Lee Valley, found a open package for sale on the discount shelf:)
after studying them plans for hours this is what I ended up building, some similarities?
https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/196370

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 05-06-2020 05:47 PM

Plans? What plans? I usually just work from what’s in my head…..

-- Heyoka

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Andre

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#8 posted 05-06-2020 06:28 PM



Plans? What plans? I usually just work from what s in my head…..

- Heyoka

Agreed after all that is what my burn box was made for:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 05-06-2020 07:37 PM

Thanks everyone

-- My favorite square is 40 grit sandpaper

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 05-08-2020 02:02 AM

I guess if find a project you really like and don’t want to do the design work and figure all the dimensions of all the parts, buying plans save a s lot of time. I have bought a few for craft project where they give you full size paper templates. But most of time I design all my own projects and use a “design as you go” technique. I’ll make an overall sketch with the dimension I want to hit and then make part drawings along the way to get there!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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