How Good Are Your Blueprints?
Woodworking success requires high-quality blueprints. If you’re using low-quality plans – your work will suffer! Cuts won’t be even, joints won’t fit properly.
Here’s the challenge: There are thousands of woodworking plans online. How can you be sure you’re using only the best? Watch this video.
6 Things Great Blueprints Have
The best DIY blueprints include a few key items (which you’ll find in all of the 16,000+ plans in the Ted’s Woodworking collection). As you shop around for blueprints, be sure your plans include:
- Time/Skill Level: How long will a project take? What skill level is it ideal for? Great plans tell you what you can expect before you get started. Choose plans that are in your skill level (or a step or two higher, if you want to push yourself).
- Cut List: What type of wood will you need? And what size does it need to be cut to? Great plans include a detailed cut list. This shows you what type of wood you’ll need, and the dimensions that it needs to be. Great plans help you use up the entire board, helping to eliminate scrap lumber.
- Required Tools: Plans should include every tool and woodworking accessory you will need. Great plans also include alternatives, or give you hand-held tool or power tool options for every task.
- Materials List: All the non-wood materials you will need, including hardware like screws & fasteners, as well as accessories and supplies, like glue and clamps.
- Detailed Drawings: 3D diagrams give you an idea of how the finished project will look, as well as what you need to do at each major step. The best plans offer many 3D diagrams, and they should be printable.
- Photos/Video: Great plans include diagrams, as well as photos. And today, many plans include videos, which can help you walk through more technical aspects of a project.