Review of Ted’s Woodworking Resources

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I’m a keen woodworker always looking for my next project (the latest addition is the mud kitchen pictured to the right). Now instead of repeatedly getting let down by poorly presented plans, lack of detail or a comprehensive materials list I can now get on with the art of actually crafting. And you can too!

There is nothing worse than settling in to a project to find the plans don’t quite have the detail you need to actually finish a project, or they take you to a point and lack the detail on how to craft some of the finer points.

Introduction

For regular readers you will know that I’m always looking to maximise my time in the workshop, garage or shed. The best way I’ve found to do this and keep motivated is by having a regular stream of projects which I’m keen to get working on.

One of the best ways to keep a steady flow is simply by lining up interesting ideas well in advance from a workbook or online source. The issue is finding decent plans that are actually executable is increasingly difficult as the world is full of half baked or vague ideas and plans.

Today I’m looking to share my review of Ted’s Woodworking Resources with you. Ted claims he has 16,000+ plans that are execution ready – we will see if I agree!

At a glance:

  1. 16,000+ projects, plus regular free updates
  2. Detailed schematics and material lists for each one
  3. Video tutorials for some, but not all, projects
  4. Formatting could be improved to make more consistent
  5. Excellent value for money, particularly with current quarantine special offer

The good bits

If you want to start a woodworking project, you need all the necessary information, including schematics, blueprints, materials lists, dimensions etc.

That is where TedsWoodworking comes in. The plans are clearly drawn and there’re step-by-step guide of how the plan should be done and put together. I’ve wasted too much time and money buying collections of plans have the dimensions totally wrong without any indication of parts lists, material lists or the tools needed. If you’re one of those people who have bought plans like this in the past, this is the secret sauce which will level-up your hobby immensely. 

What’s included?

Included as part of Ted’s Woodworking you will get:

  • Diagrams which are detailed with a full set of dimensions 
  • Step-by-step instructions how to start your project 
  • Listings of the necessary materials for that particular project 
  • Listing of all the woodworking tools you will need 
  • The plans are easy-to-follow as the instructions are very clearly written and not complicated at all. Even if you are a total newcomer to woodworking you will  be able to learn all the techniques and the skills needed very quickly by following the concise and clear instructions. 

Assuming they deliver on the promises – that’s pretty much all you need to get cracking.

Video tutorials

Another thing which is so great about these woodworking plans is that there are videos included for some (not all) of the plans which helps when words alone can’t quite get you there! There is also a lifetime member acess included in the package and you get these extras for no cost to you as they are free with no additional charges at all! This alone is worth the entire price for TedsWoodworking. 

Areas for improvement

One drawback is it is a little disorientating when you suddenly get 16,000 plans laid our in front of you! Because of the sheer volume and choice the presentation is a little disorganized compared to how I would lay it out myself. Being fair to Ted I think it is understandable as it is very difficult to control that much data particularly as new designs are added weekly and over time the format of these evolves / improves, but I would suggest for future versions he reformat it.

It would also have been nice to have had video tutorials for all projects – but appreciate that is a pretty big ask! I would suggest that Ted surveys his audience and builds out further video tutorials across the most popular projects.

Lastly, it can take a while to download because of the size of the plans and detailed schematics. It is fine for me as I have quick internet access, but my father in law (fellow enthusiast, helps me with my projects as well!) also purchased the plans and it took a while for him to download them on a slower connection. There is a DVD which saves downloading (I’ve not tried this).

Conclusion

If you are planning to start on your woodworking project, this isn’t something you SHOULD use, it’s something that you would be insane not to. There is so much choice and detail it takes all the time away from the admin of woodwork and leaves the maximum possible time to actually practice our craft!

In terms of value for money I think it sits firmly as a ‘no brainer’. For the cost of a few beers & burgers (if you take advantage of the quarantine sale – regular price significantly higher) you could have a lifetime worth of projects ready and waiting to go with minimal hassle.

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