Let’s say you’ve got an exciting new woodcrafting project planned.
Of course, it’s very exciting to be at the beginning stages of such a project, and no doubt you might already even be able to see the finished project in your mind.
You’ve got your supplies all set, as well as your tools. But wait; do you have your woodcraft plans in place? If you don’t, you should. You definitely need them.
Even for the simplest projects, woodcraft plans are vital for making sure that your project will come out successfully.
Working without one “blind” is foolish and might even be particularly expensive for you, both in time and money.
Have a Plan Before you start your Project
Here are some reasons that having a plan in place before you begin your project is necessary:
First, when you plan your project, you’ll need to account for the time it will take you. This is something many people skip.
They’ve got their materials in place, and have planned other supplies and costs monetarily quite well. However, because they consider “time” to be a free commodity, they forget about it. But your time is just as valuable as anyone’s, and this, too, needs to be allotted and accounted for.
If you begin your project without having specific measurements, including angles and depths, widths, lengths, etc., you’ll waste a lot of time as you have to adjust your expectations based on what you come up against.
If you have defined woodcraft plans laid out, you’ll know exactly what lengths of wood you need to cut, what angles you need to make, and how you’ll need to shape the pieces you’ll cut for your project.
You’ll greatly reduce if not eliminate guesswork, and have a much more clear plan in place. This, in turn, will save you both time and money, in terms of wasted time and even materials, because a good plan helps avoid waste in every area.
Step 2: How Much You’ll need to spend on your Projects
Next, determine the money you’ll need to spend on your project.
If you plan your projects well in advance, you’ll be able to budget just what you need, including the grade and type of wood, and the supplies and tools you’ll need.
This will allow you to budget for new tools you don’t already have in your workshop. It will also save you time because you won’t need to be running out to make trips for a piece of wood you forgot, extra wood because you made a mistake on one piece, or to go buy a particular tool you need but don’t have, for example.These types of slips can definitely lead to both increased time costs and, yes, monetary costs as well.
Whether you buy your woodcraft plan or get one for free, you’ll need one. And if you need to buy one, don’t worry.
It will save you more money in the end than you’ll spend on it to begin with.
Step 3: Clear Cut Plan on Paper
It’s likely that you’ll be much more frustrated with your project if you don’t have a plan than if you do.
Even if your vision of it is “crystal clear,” as they say, it’s no substitute for a clear-cut plan on paper. It’s about like knowing in general where San Francisco is if you live in Idaho, but then thinking you can get to San Francisco without a roadmap or GPS.
Yes, you could incessantly stop and ask for directions, or even more foolishly, simply drive in the general direction and hope you get there, but it’s much better and more efficient, not to mention more enjoyable, if you have a map to help you get there.
So save yourself, your health and even your neighbors’ ears (not to mention your kids’, if you have any) the trouble of colorful language or worse, and put a woodcrafting plan in place.
You’ll have a lot of fun with your woodcrafting project, and will reap lasting benefits from it.
Having woodcraft plans in place before you start your project will only help make the process more enjoyable. 🙂