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Teds Woodworking Review

by Ellen Thomas (2019-06-01)

No matter if you develop your own plan or Teds Woodworking get it from somewhere else, there are several items that should be in your plan. After you have decided what you are going to build, your next step should be to make an initial estimate of your time and cost. A common mistake of the novice woodworker is to grossly under estimate either one of these. Do not forget to include the cost of new tools, time to research for buying, and time to learn how to use them.The next step in your plan should pertain to your materials. There should be a comprehensive materials list. It is frustrating when you are starting to assemble your piece and your work flow is interrupted because you are missing some item that had been accidentally left off the materials list or it was incorrectly listed. If multiple assembly pieces are to be cut from the same piece of wood, be sure it is clear how to lay these pieces out.The last item in your plan is the assembly. Detailed step-by-step instructions are a must. These instructions should reference assembly diagrams. The number of assembly diagrams needed is dependent on the complexity of the project. Do not be embarrassed to do some type of dry run assembly. Doing this might highlight some assembly problems that you might not have anticipated. Sometimes building a prototype out of cardboard for a mock assembly can be helpful.It cannot be stressed enough that with all projects, big or small, easy or hard, a woodworking project plan that provides all of the necessary detail and steps required to create an item will give your project a better chance of success. If you are expending your time, money, and effort to make an object that will be useful for you or another, it only makes sense to begin from a good starting point, which is a good set of directions that are provided in good plans.