Easy woodworking projects are simple to do if you have detailed woodworking plans. In this article I’d like to give some ideas for those just getting into woodworking and give some suggestions for simple woodworking projects to get you started. If you start small it won’t be long until you are ready to begin looking for woodworking plans for professionals!
So what are some simple woodworking plans you can start with? Some great beginner projects for wood working include simple bookshelves, magazine holders or a birdhouse. The good thing about these beginner projects is that they are simple and practical at the same time as almost everyone would have a use for these items.
The one thing you need to make sure you do first is to have project plans before you buy that first piece of wood. Nothing is worse than spending your time pulling nails, tearing apart your project and running to the hardware store for more lumber and supplies. Never start a wood working project without first having detailed project plans.
A big mistake many make is starting off with a big project. I recommend that you don’t do that. Start small and simple. Yes, you might dream of building the perfect shed or the perfect dining room set but don’t plan on starting off in wood working with those projects. So once you have decided on what you want to build and have your woodworking projects planned it’s time to get the supplies you need. Keep in mind if you are just starting out you don’t need to buy expensive power tools.
You can start out with hand tools and build almost any project. Of course, once you get experienced and decide to move on to more advanced woodworking projects you may want to invest in some power tools just to make the job a bit easier and less time consuming. But with the tools you probably already having laying around the house such as a hammer, paint brush, hand saw and measuring tape you can complete many wood working projects.
Now, if you are like me you might feel overwhelmed at the mention of woodworking projects. However, in this electronic age you can find plans on the internet. Now I will tell you that it is not always easy to find the plan you need on the internet.
I’ve also come across several sites that promise free woodworking plans and then when you go to view the plan they ask you to pay for it. I’ve also seen plans that don’t provide good details, more than one view of the project or a complete list of materials. So be sure to take your time and find the right woodworking project plans before starting.
Not long ago I was a complete novice when it came to wood working. What I quickly learned is that wood working projects are easy if you start with a complete plan. It can often be harder to find a good plan than it is to actually build an item.
Getting Started in Woodworking is Easy When You Have a Plan.
I can handle all the basic wood working tools, it’s just that I can’t visualize and plan out my next great project. Sure, there are plenty of things I want to build – a bench, sheds, desks and even toys. I just didn’t know how to plan and design my project. My first project was a storage bin. I ran to the hardware store and picked up the wood and nails. Only to return later to buy more wood because I had made incorrect cuts. It got even worse when I later discovered I was using nails that were too long, I didn’t notice the nail went all the way through the wood and I ended up with a nasty cut on my hand.
Not All Plans Are Created Equal.
So I went on the internet looking for some woodworking project plans that I could download. I found one site that had several great plans. So I picked a plan for an awesome looking magazine holder. Clicked the download button and found out that this site that offers all these “free” plans wanted me to pay $18 for the project plan.
After more searching I found a site that really was offering free plans but they lacked photos and detailed sketches. Let me tell you that these are a must if you are looking to build anything,
The Perfect Woodworking Plan.
So what should you look for in a Wood working project plan? Obviously easy to read sketches and photos of the completed project are a huge requirement. A detailed material list and a listing of the required tools should be included. It is also a big help when the plan gives you the estimated time to complete the project and offers some idea of the skill level required for the project.
If you are tired of looking all over for great plans click the link below to learn how to get 14,000 detailed wood working projects.
We all know how important good planning is for just about everything in life. We also all know how important the internet and computer have become as tools in planning. Woodworking is no different. You obviously need a good plan and until recently the only way to get your hands on plans for woodworking projects was to buy books or magazines with only a limited amount of plans in them. Today things are different. Thanks to the internet you can have thousands of plans for your woodworking projects available at your finger tips.
Now you need to be careful because not all woodworking project plans you come across on the internet are created equal. You want full plans with material lists, clear diagrams and instructions. If you get your hands on the right database of plans you will have the first key step for everything you would ever want to build. It is frustrating to work from poor plans that don’t show clear details and leave you guessing. Chances are you’ll guess wrong at least once and have to restart part of your woodworking projects.
I was very happy recently when I came across a treasure trove of thousands of plans for woodworking projects on the internet. After many false starts with other plans I pulled off the internet, I finally found a site that offers complete woodworking plans. I am talking about several thousand plans that include step by step instructions, photographs, and diagrams. It contains plans for small projects like bird houses, shelving, toys and plans for large projects like sheds and furniture. Basically I found plans for every woodworking project you could ever want to take on.
With the help of these plans I was able to start on small projects and quickly gain the confidence to take on some large wood working projects. There are over 14,000 wood working projects in the database so I will never run out of ideas for projects that I can build. I’m not limited to the few dozen wood working plans you would find in a magazine or book. This is a complete set of plans for woodworking projects for just about anything you would want to build. And you aren’t limited to one plan per project type; there are plenty of plans for different furniture, birdhouses, sheds or whatever you are looking to build.
It doesn’t matter if you are a starter or experienced at woodworking projects there is something in this massive collection of plans for woodworking projects.
Wood working is one of the most rewarding hobbies that a person can be involved in. The reason most people fail or give up on woodworking projects is that they get frustrated.
The two golden rules for wood working are:
Measure Twice, Cut Once
Obviously you don’t want to waste the time and money making incorrect cuts or running back and forth to the hardware store twenty times! This is actually an easy step once you get in the mindset and take your time before putting the saw to the wood!
Have A Plan
Without some woodworking projects plans your project will to go on..and on..and on. If you actually even “finish” the project you end up with a wobbly table or a crooked shelf. Obviously not all of us have the skill or background to draw up plans on our own. So this usually meant the frustrating process of going to bookstores and hardware stores in search of the prefect plan for your project.
The good news is now with the internet this has changed! With a few mouse clicks you can have thousands of wood working project plans for everything imaginable. Of course this doesn’t solve all your problems. Too often an internet search for woodworking plans leads you to a site that charges you $10 or more for one plan… a plan they often advertise as free!
So I was excited to come across a huge database of over 14,000 wood working project plans! The plans are extensive and include projects for beginners and for experienced wood workers. Step by Step plans ranging from sheds and chairs to bird houses and planters.
This has worked out so well for me (a very inexperienced wood worker just a year ago) that I am now contemplating my first big project. I’ve used the plans for small projects like shelf’s and making some containers for my wife. Now I’m looking at making a desk. Which I never would have attempted just a few months ago, but now that I have a suitable plan I’m headed
to the hardware store to get the supplies I need.
Check back soon and I will show pictures of my progress on my new computer desk. If all goes well this summer I might build the shed out back that I have always wanted but never got due to the high cost of buying one from Lowes or Home Depot.
Hi everyone! I’m a woodworker and blogger, and this is my woodworking blog. In my blog, I share tips and tricks for woodworkers of all skill levels, as well as project ideas that you can try yourself.