When you’re starting out with woodworking, finding the right beginner woodworking plans can be a challenge. How do you know if they are worth the paper they’re printed on? Here we look at some basic mistakes beginners make when they’re out looking for woodworking plans.
Many plans are available for sale on the internet. That’s a great thing, especially if you’re just starting out. But some of these plans are going to be more than just basic instructions on how to cut some wood. They’ll tell you about woodworking machines and what tools you need to complete your project. If you don’t have enough information to complete the task, then you won’t have enough material to complete it, and you’re just wasting money. Plans like that are probably not for beginners.
Look for beginner woodworking plans that give you plenty of information. You should know that you don’t necessarily need to have all of the tools you’ll need to complete your project. There are plenty of ways to complete a project without using the tools you already have. For example, you might decide to build a birdhouse first and then purchase the necessary tools to finish it.
Free woodworking plans can be found easily online. Look for sites that provide information about woodworking plans and projects. Look for sites that are not affiliated with any one company and are willing to give beginner woodworkers fair deals.
Woodworking plans are usually broken down into levels of difficulty. If you’re a beginner and just starting out, look for beginner plans that include simple projects. You might be surprised at how simple these projects can be when you’ve got the right tools and planning. Some people make their whole living building simple wood projects.
Make sure that the beginner woodworking plans you pick out are not just basic plans. In fact, many plans are geared toward the seasoned woodworker. Some are complicated and require more skill than what you’re likely to have working in your garage. Choose beginner woodworking plans that are appropriate for your level of experience, with plenty of detail and step-by-step instruction.
You will probably spend more time researching beginner plans than you would an advanced plan. It’s just human nature to want to try to improve what we have. And if you are like most of us, you’ll find that it’s easier to try to improve something that you’ve done yourself than it is to try to re-do something that someone else has already done. So it makes sense to do both.
Beginner woodworking plans should have illustrations in them. It doesn’t have to be very complicated. In fact, the simpler the plan the better. It allows you to focus on what the plan is telling you, which will help you build your project.
Finally, look for beginner woodworking plans that come with “how to” videos. It’s easy to get intimidated by a plan and not know how to solve it. With a video, you can watch the action step by step and learn from the experience. It doesn’t cost anything, and you can always view the video over again if necessary. You will soon find yourself ready to build something impressive.
Your first project won’t be perfect, and that’s part of learning. Many projects may fail to some degree and you’ll learn from that. What’s important is that you’re happy with whatever result you get. Build with pride and build with fun. That’s the heart of woodworking plans.