Woodworking plans can be quite confusing for first-timers or beginners. However, unless you know the working of the plan, you will not be able to complete the project. It is more or less like a roadmap that will guide you to a new destination. So if you are not aware of the direction, you might lose your way in the middle of the project. In this article, let us find out more about how you can understand the woodwork plans. So, read on for more information.
How will you identify a good plan?
Certain characteristic features will help you to identify a good plan from a not-so elaborate one. These are as follows-
- The blueprint must be present that will contain step-by-step instructions.
- The various materials that you will require for any particular project must be enlisted in the plan in details
- The primary, as well as advanced tools that you need for the project, must also be mentioned in the plan
- As far as finishing options are concerned, you must have few options for the same.
- The plan must also have the safety measures that have to be taken by the woodworker not just for himself but also for the workers that will assist him for the project.
Decoding the plan
You will come across many plans, and almost all will differ from one another. The more you go through such woodwork plans, the better grasp you will have on the subject, provided you can decode them. For in-depth plans on the subject, you can always refer to EW Wood.
Typically, a plan is made up of several lines, words, and symbols meaningfully placed together and one that is developed by a draftsman to convey the whole idea of the project lucidly. This plan or collection of lines, words, and symbols must be understandable by the woodworker.
If we take furniture into account, you will come across the following that has significance as below-
- The proposal drawing has scaled elevations that can successfully explain designs to the client
- Working drawing has elaborate details and views in the form of various sections. A woodworker understands the intricacies of these sections and lines
- Shop drawing is detailed even more as compared to the two above, and this is the drawing, which is roughly the final product that the woodworker will give shape to.
- As far as line weights are concerned, the 3 typical ones used include Bold, Light, and Regular.
- Break lines are crucial and imply any section that is beyond a marked point
- Hatch lines indicate the cut surface
- Centerlines with initial CL refers symmetrical drawings
Scale plays an important role too in the understanding of the woodworker plan. It is vital to understand or instead “decipher” the plan. Doing so will allow you to take a step forward and go on to decide about the remaining part of the project, namely, deciding upon the tools and fundamentals.