Woodworking Is My Hobby and I don’t Have All Day!
I absolutely love woodworking, but the time I have to spend on my favorite hobby is frequently limited. Lack of time has never dampened my enthusiasm, but it has certainly made me more efficient. Our title today sounds more like a hair coloring commercial, but when you stop and think about it, time is not only money but time can also be opportunity.
In today’s atmosphere, it seems we are all looking for something free, and I will be the first to confirm there are tons of free plans for all sorts of woodworking projects on the web. I actually use some of them for examples for this website, but I rarely do so when I am serious about one of my personal woodworking projects.
Part of the reason is the unbelievable amount of time you will spend looking for the exact shelf plans and design you need while pouring through the millions (literally) of websites out there with free plans on them. Woodworking is my hobby not my day job unfortunately. Given this, if I want to enjoy my hobby when I can, then I don’t want to be spending hours and hours looking for something on the web when I could be building it already.
Other more subtle reasons exist too, that bear mentioning. If you do decide the time spent searching for shelf plans is of no concern to you, then be aware there are sites which require you sign up to get plans, sometimes free, sometimes not. Other sites, charge for more complete instructions or printable ones, etc. Just be careful, and remember the old saying, “You get what you pay for.”
If you are fairly new to woodworking and to following the directions of shelf plans or any other type of woodworking plan, you’ll be well advised to stick with those which give you the most and best information possible. Be sure there are step-by-step instructions with illustrations as well as lists of the tools and exact types of materials you will need to
complete the project.
While I’ve said it before, it bears repeating that safety is a major factor in many of the woodworking projects you may decide to try. These concerns invariably center around the quality of the construction and materials used. Whether you are building load bearing storage or pantry shelves, a piece of outdoor furniture, or a loft bed for the kids, you need to build these projects with the materials that will hold up under the use for which these finished items are intended.