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    Question Woodworking plans - Which is the best woodworking guide?

    Hello folks! I'm a woodworking newbie & I wanna invest meself in one of these woodworking guides but i cant make up my mind on choosing the best.

    which diy guide is better?
    Tedswoodworking or Woodworking4home?

    Tedswoodworking comes with 16,000 woodworking plans at a price of $67, but Woodworking4home is cheaper at $49 with 14,000 woodworking plans.

    has anyone bought these guides?
    are they good or scam?
    are they worth buying?
    please help me out!

    thanks & God bless ya'll

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    John, welcome to the forum. I don't own either of those books. I'd recommend that you enroll in a course if you want to learn how instead of spending the money on any books. Many local schools, comunity colleges offer begining woodworking classes and you'll get a lot more out it then you would with any Do it yourself books. Where are you located maybe someone is in your area and cold offer some guidance.
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    There is an article in the May 2010 issue of Wood magazine by Tom Lovino "The Shop Monkey" called 'Monkey Business" that addresses this very issue.

    Basically, the gist of it is that these 'collections' of plans are typically poorly done, that they may not actually own the copyrights to the plans, and that they typically lack the type of instruction that someone new to the craft might need in order to be successful.

    He suggests either going to the library and checking out the books or to subscribe to a few decent magazines.





    Quote Originally Posted by john lee View Post
    Hello folks! I'm a woodworking newbie & I wanna invest meself in one of these woodworking guides but i cant make up my mind on choosing the best.

    which diy guide is better?
    Tedswoodworking or Woodworking4home?

    Tedswoodworking comes with 16,000 woodworking plans at a price of $67, but Woodworking4home is cheaper at $49 with 14,000 woodworking plans.

    has anyone bought these guides?
    are they good or scam?
    are they worth buying?
    please help me out!

    thanks & God bless ya'll
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    Oh, And Welcome Aboard!

    Heres a link to the online version of the article.

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    Check out this site Some of them are broken links, but there are a lot of plans and ideas there.

    This one has a lot of tips
    Last edited by Dan Mooney; 05-19-2010 at 06:20 PM.
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    And thinking about it, I think you'd probably be best off just thinking about what it is you want to build. Pick a project of some sort, whether it's a simple box, a small table, some sort of 'thing'. I've had good lucking finding ideas and plans just looking online once I decide what it is I want to build first.

    Then come back here, and ask for suggestions on what projects others have built along those lines. I'm sure you'll get plenty of help and suggestions that would be more useful than wading through a cd full of pdf files
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    John, since both of the sites you pointed to are owned by the same company, the "plans" they are selling are likely the same. But you probably already knew that. Just sayin'.
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    Gee, John, where are you? Here I am looking for someone just like you to teach!

    Read the off-beat request thread for more info.

    If you are not local to me, we might still be able to work something out.

    Oh, the plan book(s). Hold off for now. There is a better approach.

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    What everyone else said
    And WELCOME
    Please put up where you are from and we will know more about how to help ya
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