Depending on the type of woodworking project the contents of a good plan may widely vary. For example, what a segmented bowl project requires versus an Intarsia project versus a carving is different. Here are a few common attributes of “good” plans I'm working on for a FAQ page. What do you think should be changed or added to the list?
An exploded diagram that shows all the parts and how the fit together.
Dimension information on individual pieces
A material list (it can be helpful to include vendor information for specialty items like hardware)
A cutting diagram (how you might cut the individual pieces out of a piece of wood to minimize waste).
Step-by-step instructions. Photos or illustrations of intermediate steps can be very helpful
Last edited by sawtoothwilly; 03-31-2012 at 11:39 AM.
Reason: last bullet point had typos
Note: the first two pictures, top to bottom, show the sample woods I bought to match: mahogany, walnut, oak, the bottom is the side of the table. The remaining 3 pictures are of the wood in question...