With over 16,000 DIY woodworking plans and projects included in Teds Woodworking, it almost sounds too good to be true. Is this really just a Teds Woodworking scam, or can you trust that a book like this will actually deliver on its promises? Here’s what I can tell you about Teds Woodworking. Hopefully this review addresses just about anything you were wondering about since I’ve done my best to cover it all.
The first thing I’ll talk about here is the fact that these projects cover all different types of things. It would be impossible to look them all over, but after spending some time with the product, you’ll find that there are both indoor and furniture blueprints (tables, chairs, bookcases, etc.), decks, doghouses, toys, outdoor sheds, bird feeders, and lots of other things that you can build. You can see a list of more examples here.
You’d get lost without a search function, but thankfully the database is well organized and you’re able to search by both category and keyword to find the types of projects you have in mind.
While every project does include some detailed instructions, there are also instructional videos included for those who prefer to see someone in action instead of read about how to do things. These are really helpful since you’ll pick up a lot along the way as you observe the techniques of these instructors.
Another thing that’s included in the package is a bonus book that tells you how to start your own woodworking business. This alone can obviously cover the cost of the Teds Woodworking guide if you choose to sell your work, but it can make for a pretty fun hobby and a great way to make some extra money. He’ll tell you where to sell your stuff, how to market it, and what kinds of things people are generally into (furniture seems to be a big one).
As for Ted himself, here’s some info about him. He’s an experienced woodworker and also an AWI (Architectural Woodwork Institute) member. He prides himself on being a great educator, which is why he felt that creating this resource would be a great way to put his skills to work – sharing blueprints with you that are not only professional grade, but easier to follow than the ones you’ll find in magazines and other publications.
As for whether this is a Teds Woodworking scam, it’s definitely not a scam. It’s always good to look these things up before you make a purchase, but this guide also has the backing of The Woodworking Association – in 2009, Teds Woodworking won their Reader’s Choice award. The product is also backed with a 60-day money back guarantee since it’s offered through Clickbank, which gives you some extra protection in case you’re overwhelmed or unhappy.
Otherwise, this is a no frills guide that really does offer a ton of ideas. If you’re into the idea of building stuff, you’ll be busy for as long as you want to be with all these blueprints.