A good set of plans is essential for woodworking and palletizing. You will find photos, material lists, and step-by-step instructions in a quality set of plans. It can be difficult to find quality resources for these types of projects. That is why we have compiled our top sources of detailed woodworking plans (not just pallet wood).
I discovered the YellaWood website two months ago. The company supplies Lumber to professionals and customers across the United States. It was a great idea to provide detailed plans for their customers. More than 40 projects are available. You can also access their free project plans book >> if you are brave enough to give your email address. I did this and the screen capture above is of one of their tutorials.
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We have been trying to be the best repository for pallet projects for four years. We have compiled the most detailed plans into a downloadable PDF, even though many of them aren't detailed enough to call a tutorial. We plan to add a video tutorial section next year... a work in progress!
Plans from the University of Tennessee
You'll find yourself back in 1999 when you visit this page. However, the University of Tennessee Extension has a collection of more than 300 building and equipment plans. All are available electronically for download. They were most likely scanned. This means that they are not only old-fashioned but also very useful and well-sorted. There are many plans that a boy scout will need! Enjoy!
My outdoor plans
Julian is a civil engineer and realized that there weren't enough plans available for outdoor projects when he purchased his house. In his spare time, Julian uses his engineering skills as well as his design expertise to create simple DIY projects. His site now has more than 800 projects, organized by category. The plans are all 100% free and very well executed. Many of these plans can be used for outdoor pallet projects. Julian, you are a great guy!
The Des Conf
Rayan is The Design Confidential's founding editor. He also contributes to HGTV, Domino, and Apartment Therapy. TDC allows you to sort projects by price, space, type, and so on. She gives projects a modern twist that I love (see example: Indoor Outdoor House Bed Playhouse + Outdoor Daybed lounge).
A completely different approach to woodworking. Anna White is a homemaker living in Alaska's middle of nowhere. Her site caters to woodworkers and contains tons of furniture plans that can be used with standard dimensional lumber found at most home centers. You can build most projects with a circular saw and a screwdriver or drill. Advanced techniques require a jigsaw. Mrs. White is an outstanding designer of plans that mimic furniture sold at retailers like Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel.
Sketchup 3D Warehouse
Google's free software also includes a resource center. You will need to sort through so many 3D models. You will need to sort the models. However, if SketchUp is used correctly, you can modify and customize the models that you have downloaded.
Crafftsmanspace offers free 3D models, vector patterns, and technical books. You will find a wide range of woodworking and metalworking plans available for free. These plans are both suitable for beginners as well as experienced craftsmen. You can also download 3D models for CNC machines and 3D printers.
Where can you find woodworking plans and instructions? We'll be sure