When we were kids, we would draw imaginary homes and dream houses complete with furniture and stuff. We would build them with blocks and take them apart when we wanted to. Creating woodworking plans is not like that. It takes a lot of time, expertise, precision and skill to create a plan that will result to a functional and appeal 3 dimensional structures. This is not a simple guide that will tell you to stick pieces of wood together to create a box or a bed. Descriptions must be easy to understand and images must be vivid to make it easier to do the project. The aim of this plan is to give you all the tools you need and do the project right, the first time.
To create woodworking plans, you have to have a vision of how the structure or object will look like. Draw the image as you envision it to look like. Color and shade the image to reveal the actual final look that you want to achieve. This is the main goal of the crafting expert when they receive these instructions. It should be clear and functional. Balance the aesthetics and useability in order to make it appealing to interested woodworking experts.
The drawing will not be implemented with numbers and lines, showing dimensions in a 3D way. The height, width and length are included, and it gives the impression of how big the piece will actually be and if there are some nuances when it comes to the size and overall aesthetic appeal of the object.
Now, you have to break the woodworking plans down to its individual pieces. It would be most advantageous if you show different sides and perspectives of the actual finished drawing before you carry on with drawing individual pieces. You have to note what materials are most preferable. Will the structure use lumber or plywood? These sketches should be detailed enough since the woodworker will use these to create the samples for each panel with the given measurements and designs. Every curve should be effectively rendered and realized as well.
List down the materials that will be used for the project. Also, put a list of alternative options to give more variety for the woodworker especially if the supplies for the woodworking plans are not easy to find. This is an important aspect for novices.
Write down briefly but vividly the process that the woodworker should follow in creating the woodworking plans. Be descriptive and keep it brief yet clear.
If you already did this project, you might want to put images of how you did it in a step by step manner. You can post these on your blog and submit it to DIY sites and woodworking forums. If you wish, you can also edit a video that contains the instructions in detail but is polished and optimized for web viewing. As you can see, creating woodworking plans is as difficult as creating the pieces themselves. Once you find a great one, try to create the actual design and then afterwards, use this as a template for other unique ideas that you may have. Do not forget to share those ideas to others.