The Absolute Answer
My woodworking abilities mixed with the right set of woodworker plans have made a contribution to a delightful spare time pursuit.
Here’s the BIG problem: Most plans and woodworking magazines will result in more pain than anything else. Why? Their diagrams are confusing, unclear, or even wrong and they often skip important parts. No wonder woodworking seemed so hard! Once in a while I come across a free plan that actually is everything a woodworking plan should be, but they are few and far between. And even if you do find one, it may not be the exact plan that is right for you. It’s really important to have many good plans to choose from.
The general rule of thumb for the beginner woodworker who is not overly familiar with working with wood, and has not yet developed and understanding and respect for the tools and equipment, is to walk before you run. In other words, choose a simple, inexpensive woodworking project. One where you can make mistakes and start over at very little expense. Take your time and do not rush. Use the initial woodworking projects a learning experience. Most importantly, pick something that you can use such as a small end table, a shelf, a fence gate, or even a small dog house or shed.
Years of frustration have taught me this one thing…
When you have decided to go forward and build your own shelf or a table, you will need to search for shelf plans. You can find dozens of plans online for free. It is a simple thing to search for the model you prefer, download them to your system and build your shelves on that.
One thing to keep in mind in the beginning is that it’s good to start with simple DIY woodworking plans where you can use hand tools to complete the project. You need to learn how to handle hand tools before you start using heavier tools. It’s very important for your safety that you learn much about the woodworking craft before you start using heavier tools.
The biggest problem with finding free furniture plans is that you can’t. It is almost impossible to find free woodworking plans much of the time. You can scour the internet for hours and come up empty handed.
You may spend hours looking and the lessons you walk away with are:
A good woodworking project plan online will have around 16,000 or more different plans.