When it comes to crafting a woodworking plan, the best place to start is with a pen and paper. This is the most efficient way to quickly develop ideas and get your project off the ground. Once you're satisfied with your sketch, it's time to move on to the next step. Over the years, I have refined my methods, but the core principles of how I create my
woodworking plansremain the same.I wish I could say that I now have a library of hundreds of woodworking plans, but that's not the case.
It took me about a year of posting videos on my YouTube channel before I decided to make woodworking plans for some of my projects. This last step has made a huge difference in the success of my plans and they have sold well.So, if you're looking to create your own woodworking plan, here's what you need to do:
Step 1: Brainstorm IdeasThe first step in creating a woodworking plan is to brainstorm ideas. Think about what kind of project you want to make and what materials you'll need. Make sure to consider any special tools or techniques that may be required for your project.
Step 2: Create a SketchOnce you have an idea of what you want to make, it's time to create a sketch.
This will help you visualize your project and make sure that all the pieces fit together correctly. You can use graph paper or a computer program like SketchUp to create your sketch.
Step 3: Make a List of MaterialsOnce you have your sketch complete, it's time to make a list of materials. This list should include all the lumber, hardware, and other materials that you'll need for your project. Make sure to double-check your list and make sure that you have everything you need before you start building.
Step 4: Create Detailed PlansNow that you have your materials list ready, it's time to create detailed plans for your project.
This includes making detailed drawings of each piece and writing out instructions for how each piece should be cut and assembled. If possible, include diagrams or photos to help illustrate each step.