The Best Woodworking Plans

shelf_clock_openerWith each project we release, that includes the Line & Berry Shelf Clock released last Friday (read more about the clock here), 360 WoodWorking includes what we consider to be a full set of working plans. There’s a front and side view, patterns of most moldings and an exploded view. And we have them available for our members to print at 8-1/2″ x 11″ to take into the shop as they work.

Not only can you print the plans, but the views also open up online to a larger image so you can get in close to see any details. (You need to click the plans to get them to enlarge.)

My questions is, what plans do you find most useful? Is it the flat line drawings? Do you think that an exploded view is better because it shows you how the projects come together?

I’m sure that most of you will say that you like and use them both. But if you had only one from which to choose, which would it be?

— Glen D. Huey



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6 thoughts on “The Best Woodworking Plans

  1. As you predicted, both views are helpful for different reasons.

  2. I like the exploded view considerably more than the flat lines for the reason you mentioned. It gives me a better 3D(ish) view of how things go for me. And for me, personally, the way I interpret the plans, that is huge.

  3. The exploded view is a nice addition which helps to understand the assembly process. The other drawings are necessary.

    If you provided the SketchUp model (hint, hint), we could make our own exploded views, glean more dimensional details and easily modify aspects of the design.


  4. I’m a fan of a nice exploded view, with a good cutting list.
    I remember you teaching our Guild your Line & Berry.
    It was a lot of fun.

  5. I utilize the exploded drawing along with the dimension drawings you provide. The exploded drawing is always necessary to figure out that one piece I don’t understand at first glance. The hood filler in the case of the shelf clock. I can see how everything goes together with the exploded drawing. Section drawings always leave me asking questions, and I don’t have any interest in messing with Sketchup. Getting saw dust therapy time is difficult enough, no new software learning curves for me. Loving this issue, lots of great article. It’s greatly appreciated


  6. Perhaps adding a “fireplace view” for when things go terribly wrong?

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