If you have recently discovered woodworking as a hobby or have been doing it for years one of the most important things that you will need is a good solid woodworking plan to follow. People who have experience know how much time and energy they expend looking for the right plan for their next project.
You will find that projects you start will sit unfinished if you are not working from a complete and comprehensive plan to start with. This is both costly in terms of materials and the time that you have invested. From my personal experience I find that if you start with a high quality step-by-step plan the likelihood of completing a project that you will be proud of is greatly increased.
Some people will choose to start a project without any plan and just work from their own expertise and experience but for the majority this is not the right way to go. The problem that many have encountered is choosing the right plan for their own personal ability.
Sometimes people will choose a plan and soon find out that it is not what they actually needed. It may require more experience than they have or they may not have the correct tools that are needed for completion. There are several things that you need to know before you decide on a specific plan and we are going to review these in order to help you.
Here is a checklist to help you come up with the right plan for you…
1. Make sure the plan fits your level of experience in woodworking.
2. Review the plan before you start and make sure that you can complete it in a reasonable amount of time.
3. Decide if you are starting this project because you enjoy working with wood or if you simply like the piece. If you are doing this because you like the piece make sure you have the experience to tackle it. If you do not you will become frustrated and probably will not finish.
4. Look at the cost. Make sure that you can build it yourself cheaper than you can buy it.
5. Look at the space where you plan to put the item and make sure that it fits in with the rest of the room.
6. Always make sure that the plan you decide on has detailed drawings. You will not believe how much this adds to the probability of completion.
7. With the advent of CAD (Computer Aided Design) many plans will provide exploded views along with dimensions. This will make it a lot easier.
8. Make sure the plan gives you quality drafting. Can it be easily read?
9. Finally, look at the cost of the plans. Are the reasonably priced and providing you value?
In conclusion, taking the time to choose the correct woodworking plan and information for you will greatly increase the enjoyment and sense of accomplish you will get. Make sure you have the tools needed and follow the checklist when deciding on your plan. You will find that you will be tackling more and more complicated projects over time as your expertise progresses.