Now that you have decided your new hobby will be woodworking, the next step is to choose the best possible plans to build out your wooden fantasies. If you get this stage right you will find that there is nothing more satisfying than creating something out of raw materials, using your own skills and hard work.
Let us not forget the added advantage of woodworking as well – that you have the potential to save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars that you would otherwise have spent buying these products from a store. All it will take is a good set of woodworking plans or designs, the correct tools for the project and you too could knock together a King sized bed for under $100. Sheets not included!
The beauty of working with wood is its inherent cost. Wood in itself is not
necessarily expensive, but when you buy a wooden piece of furniture you are
paying for the skill and craft that has gone into making it, as well as any
treatments applied post build. You cut out these first two steps when you make your own pieces by doing this yourself, saving you plenty of money.
If you choose the right woodworking designs, you will find that you can copy,
imitate and even better standard pieces of furniture already out there, maybe
even adapt your skills in the future and create bespoke items. One of the
reasons for this is that professional woodwork plans are created by actual
woodworkers themselves and they have designed these plans to enable even
novices to recreate the steps and projects laid down on the blueprints.
Any plans worth their salt should included two sub-lists. The first sub-list
should detail the amount and type of wood required to build out the plan. The
second sub-list should make you aware of which tools and extra you will require for the job. So this list should go into saws, hammers, planers etc as well as any adhesives.
Using glue is something to get your head around, the chances are you will be
using glue on your projects. You might have been thinking that you would create finely crafted interlocking wooden joints that hold together by the power of sheer will! But certainly in the beginning you will be using adhesives to cover
over small cracks and joints in the framework. The artistry of glue free joints
awaits you further down the line. That is not to say that you will always be
using glue, it will merely be an accompaniment to the nails, screws and hinges
which hold everything together.
On occasion it will be possible to gather three-dimensional plans for a
project. Now this is a good idea for getting a ‘feel’ for the design, but is
not something that should be followed religiously. What you should be doing is
following closely the text in the instructions so that you do not go wrong.
Images if not recreated accurately can be misleading, whereas text measurements should give a more accurate portrayal of the dimensions.
Before you purchase or download your woodworking plans, check for any updates or amendments, sometimes the author will improve on an old set of designs that could end up also saving you time and money.
Finally, if you do go down the digital route, be sure to print out these plans
on to paper format, you really need something you can scribble on and move
around without problem. The last thing you want to do is save hundreds of
dollars building a new wooden table and chairs set, but drop a hammer on your
flashy iPad, because you were following the woodworking plans on it!