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Where do you find plans for woodworking projects?



Where do you find plans for woodworking projects?

Do you have sources where you buy them?

Do you use programs like SketchUp or simply draw out your ideas on paper to create your own?

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The only set of plans I've ever worked from were from Jay Bates. I like to make stuff up as I go along, or just look at an example and go for it.

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I make my own notes and rough sketches from pictures. I don't use purchased plans.
I like to build furniture. I've learned that there are standard heights and depths to most common furniture pieces. For instance, most all coffee tables are within 2" of the same height. It's that way with tables, desk and chairs. My advice is to Stay with standard sizes.
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Plans?? What is this of which you speak??

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There is this guy that keeps trying to sell his plans here but keeps getting banned.
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Ted? Didn't he steal all of his plans anyway?
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I ste- err, borrow ideas from pictures of pieces I like, then draw up plans in sketchup until I have something I like. Time consuming? Yes, but fun

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I'm actually surprised that I don't use more plans. I have 5 years of mechanical/architectural drawing in school (high school and college) and excelled in it. Throughout my working career I've used and drawn plans galore for all kinds of things but even though I have the software and capacity to draw whatever I need, I design and build mostly from scratch.

Recently I built a side bender for acoustic guitars and grabbed a large sheet of paper something came wrapped in to make a quick sketch to work out some things I had going in my head. This is what it looks like on that paper -


And same thing with the electronics -


So that's my real story on plans... for now, anyway.

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Chief's-Shop, Jay Bates, April Wilkerson, and (gulp) Facebook links. (I have an aunt who finds links from various outside sources.)

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Plans? Show me a picture of what you want and I'll make my own plans. Most of the time I'm good enough so I can just wing most of the project. If not I'll jump on the CAD and draw up what I can't envision easily.

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Oh yeah, I got some plans from Al B Thayer on this site too for a dovetail jig that I still haven't gotten around to building. The plans are awesome though, I recommend them.

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I still consider myself to be a novice. So far, I have built an end table, jewelry box, kiddie table and chairs, a mallet, and some shop cabinets. All of these were adapted from photos that I was shown and drawn up in sketch up.

I have built one item from plans I found on Anna White's website. My D-I-L requested a dress up cart she saw on there. Anna's plans are great.
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Keep in mind when you work from someone else's plans before long you have a bunch of parts that start looking more like a jigsaw puzzle to scratch your head over. When you draw your own plans you've thought the project out and know the purpose of all those parts and the correct order to assemble them.
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There are woodworkers that prefer to work from plans, saves hours spent reinventing the wheel, these days a simple web search will come up with an answer to just about any request, some are free, some are for sale, your choice.

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If it's something I've made before, I usually use my experience more than written plans. If its something that I think I can build from looking at a picture, then I create my own "plans". On larger items, I tend to search for free plans on the internet. I've also looked other projects posted by woodworkers and then ask if they'd be willing to share any advice or info. I have purchased plans from Rockler & Woodcraft, though their plans can be found on many other sites as well.

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Wood carvers have several sources:
1. Buy or find (Google Images) pictures, even children's coloring books are OK.
2. Buy what's called a "rough-out" that somebody cuts with a bandsaw and sells.
3. Force of habit = carving 30 Santas in a row, they all come out a little different.
4. Gaining inspiration from the pieces of wood. I'd call it "seeing things in the wood." I have piles of wood everywhere for that. Usually results in many 11" x 17" pages of drawings and away I go!
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I can design and build almost any contraption like my bowl lathe, but designing furniture or other wood working pieces doesn't get my creative juices flowing.
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In my sketchbook(s). The sketch that starts a build may be an original idea, or inspired by something I saw elsewhere. Sometimes what gets built now is from a sketch I drew decades ago. Sometime I'll sketch out what is on my mind to build today then go build it.
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It all starts with a rough idea, and than I build based on the materials i have laying around mostly. For me if I dont have the materials, i use a tape measure and paper/pencil and dream it up
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I'm a wood turner and I get my ideas from a couple of different places. First off let me explain that when I'm looking I block out colors and strictly look at designs and shapes. When I go shopping with the wife she will go to look at shoes or clothes and I will go look at lamps, candle stick holders, bowls, anything decorative that I can possibly think of that I may be able to get an idea from and I take a picture of it with my cell phone. When I need an idea to turn something I will look through my pictures get an idea in my head, pick out a piece of wood and start turning. I may change a few things on the design as I'm turning but that's usually the way I turn anyway except segmented turning.
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