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Ted's Woodworking Review!
I recently came across a massive woodworking guide called Ted’s Woodworking. It claims to have over 16,000 in-depth woodworking plans with step-by-step instructions. After hearing about it from a fellow colleague in the woodworking industry, I decided to give it a try. After all, they have a 60-day money-back guarantee so I could simply get a refund if it was too good to be true. All in all, I was pretty impressed with what was inside. Therefore, I decided to write a detailed article on this product to give you an idea what’s inside through our in-depth Teds Woodworking review!
Price: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5
- Quality: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 4/5
- Organization: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 4/5
- Simplicity: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5
Keep reading to check out our Teds Woodworking review!
What Comes in the Package?
- Access to 16,000 woodworking plans
- Woodworking tutorials and training
- FREE monthly plans (no reoccurring charges)
- DWG and CAD plan viewer to modify and view plans from different angles
- How to Start a Woodworking Business book
- Over 200 pages of woodworking tips and tricks
Some of the projects you can build:
The first thing I noticed about Ted’s Woodworking is how many woodworking plans it contains. I must say, I was very skeptical of ANY guide containing 16,000 woodworking plans. However, after purchasing the product, it makes sense as to why it contains so many plans. Some of the plans are outdated and no longer practical. It’s almost as if they threw in a combination of old and new plans to reach the 16,000 woodworking plans they market.
While some of the plans are outdated, many of the plans are high quality, detailed, and simple to follow. The plans sort of remind me of assembling something you buy from the store. They break down every piece of wood and each piece is labeled by a number or letter. It then provides step-by-step instructions on what to do with each individual piece. It’s definitely a new approach to some of the other more intricate plans I’ve seen. Therefore, I really liked how simple it made things. Below is an example of the first page of a diagram to build a loft bed.
A Look Inside:
Another great thing about Ted’s Woodworking is the organization. You would think 16,000 plans would be all over the place. However, the plans are very organized as they are separated by category. Some of these categories include Desks, Boats, Log Cabins, Sheds, Chairs, For the Office, For the Workshop, etc. In total, it contains around 100 different categories organized in alphabetical order. It also labels each plan by the level of difficulty- beginner, intermediate, and advanced. I think this feature is useful for beginners who should only focus on the easier projects, or advanced users who want to build more complex projects. As a beginner, you should probably start with the simple projects and get familiar with the basics of woodworking. As you master a few projects in the beginner category, you could work your way up to building some of the projects in the intermediate or advanced categories.
DWG and CAD plan viewer
Another awesome feature worth mentioning in our Ted’s Woodworking review is the DWG and CAD plan viewer. To be honest – before purchasing Ted’s Woodworking, I’d never actually utilized a DWG viewer when looking at woodworking plans. However, I am very impressed with the functionality of this software. Essentially, rather than viewing a woodworking plan in 2D, you can rotate the model and view the plans from any angle possible. That way, you won’t be guessing on your woodworking projects. It’s always annoying viewing a plan from one angle and not knowing how it looks on the opposite side or underside. This eliminates that problem and gives you the confidence that you’re completing your project exactly how it’s intended.
On top of this, you can edit and create plans as well. You can do various tasks such as assign and place hardware, edit and alter joinery, assign materials, etc. Therefore, if you want to make a change in the plans, you can easily do this through the DWG and CAD plan viewer. You also have the ability to build woodworking plans from scratch. I personally have no idea how to do this, but it’s definitely something worth mentioning. Below is an example of what the DWG plan viewer looks like.
Who should buy Teds Woodworking?
I recommend Ted’s Woodworking to anyone who has an interest in woodworking projects or DIY related hobbies. It contains plenty of easy to follow plans with step-by-step instructions. Whether you’ve struggled with woodworking in the past or you’re brand new to the hobby – I think a guide such as Ted’s Woodworking plans could benefit anyone. The projects are filled with tips and tricks and a lot of useful information that will help you build an excellent foundation in woodworking.
For advanced woodworkers, I don’t think Ted’s Woodworking would be quite as useful. The guide seems to be geared mostly towards beginners, as many of the woodworking plans are in the beginner/intermediate category. Furthermore, the plans break down the specifics of a project in a way that may seem like common knowledge for experts in the woodworking industry. However, for the price – I think anyone could benefit from the guide and even the few good plans in the advanced category makes Ted’s Woodworking well worth it for anyone, including expert woodworkers.
Ted “Woody” Mcgrath
CEO of Ted’s Woodworking, Educator, Author, Member of AWI
How is Ted's Woodworking Delivered?
All plans are delivered to your email in PDF format. Therefore, as soon as you purchase Ted’s Woodworking, you have instant access to thousands of woodworking plans. They have an additional DVD set for $19.95 if you prefer to watch videos to assist in your woodworking projects. I personally didn’t purchase the DVD set so I can’t say whether it’s worth the additional money.
Pros and Cons
✅ Beginner Friendly- Teds Woodworking contains plenty of beginner level woodworking projects. Some of these projects include tables, chairs, a workbench, and dozens more! All projects contain a materials list, step-by-step instructions, and detailed schematics!
✅ Tons of plans to choose from- While some of the plans are outdated, there are literally hundreds of high-quality plans! Most of the plans are in full color, visually stimulating, and easy to follow!
✅ Organization- Plans are organized by category and level of difficulty. These categories range from “Coffee tables” to “Gazebos”.
✅ DWG and CAD plan viewer- The 3D plan viewing software will allow you to view wood models from any angle possible. This will make building a lot easier and ensure accuracy on your projects!
✅ Inexpensive- At only $67, Ted’s Woodworking is an excellent deal! You can easily spend that much on a power tool or lumber for your next project! In my opinion, after following just 1-2 project plans from Ted’s Woodworking, you’ve gotten your money’s worth!
❌ A few outdated plans- Some of the plans are old and outdated. I believe this was simply a marketing tactic to reach the 16,000 plans they proudly claim. In my opinion, this hurts the product because you must sift through outdated plans to find the good ones. However, there are hundreds of excellent plans available – making up for the few bad ones.
❌ Geared towards beginner/intermediate woodworkers- Around roughly 80% of the projects are in the beginner/intermediate category. Furthermore, the plans are extremely thorough and may go over basic information such as how to round over trim, cut curves, trim wood, etc. This may be an annoyance to experts in the field that simply want dimensions, materials, and steps from their woodworking plans.
They have a 60-day refund policy if you’re not happy with your purchase.
What's the verdict?
Whether you’re just starting out in the woodworking industry or you’re simply looking for some extra woodworking projects to build – I think Ted’s Woodworking could benefit anyone with a love for the craft. It’s filled with tons of projects that include detailed instructions containing everything you need such as cutting lists, materials list, step-by-step plans, and tips and tricks to guide you along the way.
Overall, I’m very satisfied with the quality of Ted’s Woodworking and I highly recommend it!
If you’re interested in learning more about Ted’s Woodworking or purchasing the guide, check out the free video here.