A hugely important aspect of any woodworking project is the plans that explain to you what you’re to do. Having good woodworking plans can mean the difference between a successful or dreadful ending to your project.
Your plans are a paramount component of any project. The woodworking patterns and scroll saw patterns are necessary to plan your project and create accents in your piece. An effective set of plans will give you step-by-step instructions, as well as illustrations and diagrams to lead you from beginning to end. You can purchase plans, get them for free on online or create your own plan.
You can get woodworking plans for free on the Internet, or you can buy them there as well. There’s a good chance that the ones that you buy will be more detailed and complete but this isn’t always true so do your homework before purchasing.
There are patterns available for just about any project you wish to take on, from a simple little box for holding your paperwork or office supplies, to more complex plans such as chairs, tables, or bookshelves. You likely know someone who started their woodworking career creating bird feeders. A lot of websites offer plans for creating decorative items children’s toys. Just type in the project you’re looking for in Google or your favorite search engine and there you go. One good tip is to put the project in quotes and then type in the word free next to it and only free listings should show up. This will save you a ton of time.
If you want to get out of the house, grab a cup of coffee, and head over to your favorite bookstore such as Barnes and Nobles you’ll find a ton of books dedicated to woodworking that feature more patterns than you’ll be able to complete in a lifetime. These are usually of higher quality than the freebies you’ll find online, as well as more straight forward.
Also, if you head over to the magazine stand, most woodworking magazines will contain patterns and plans for what ever project they happen to be featuring. You may want to subscribe so that each month you’ll have a new fresh pattern delivered to your mailbox. These are generally of high quality as well if they’ve made it into the magazine. Magazine editors aren’t going to print anything that may lose them subscribers.
You may be new to all of this and feel a bit overwhelmed, not knowing where to start. Everything takes practice and you’re not going to be a pro right off the bat. So start simple, take time to learn to read the plans, and as your skills increase, so can the difficulty of your project plans. Before you know it, you’ll be creating masterpieces that will have your family and friends oowing and awing over your work.
Greg K. Hansward –
About the Author:
Concentrating recent findings in furniture projects, Greg Hansward writes articles at large for http://www.insidewoodworking.com . You can learn about his abstracts on woodworking plansat http://www.insidewoodworking.com