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Is anyone familiar with this site: Free Woodworking Plans
Mikes Woodworking Projects ? Mikes Woodworking Projects
150 Free & Highly Detailed Plans. Free & Instant Download Now.
You need to register, for free, to get the plans. Since I've long since learned that there are no free lunches, I am leery about registering on a site I don't know. One the other hand, our old time ideas of privacy, are just that on the net - old-time and out of date. But still . . .
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I don't know about that site, but steer clear of anything mentioning Ted and his thousands of free woodworking plans ---scam, scam, scam.

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too big of a gamble for me...
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As the internet grows so does the scammers and spammers . There are still some good sites that give away good plans but plenty more that just want you email or other personal information.

That are some good sites one is steve goods scroll saw patterns link below
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As the internet grows so does the scammers and spammers . There are still some good sites that give away good plans but plenty more that just want you email or other personal information.

That are some good sites one is steve goods scroll saw patterns link below
Scroll Saw Workshop Catalog
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Hank most of those are scams so beware. If they don't ask you to register then it's more likely to be legit and there are free ones out there. I bought a book on H. H. Windsor's furniture plans that had been published in Popular Mechanics shortly after 1900. Not long after I found the same thing on line for free. I'm guessing the copyrights ran out decades ago. Truthfully, if you see a picture of something you like, you should be able to reproduce it within reason (I have no hopes to ever be able to reproduce a Roentgen piece because I lack the skills). The Windsor furniture was meant to be produced by novice woodworkers with moderate skills from lumber available at the local lumberyard so the basic design may not be something you want to build but they can be a great source of inspiration. Gene Howe recently built a chair in that design but his had curved arms, something you would never see on an original.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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I agree on the scam artists. I prefer to look for pictures of things I want to make then look for drawings and schematics for that kind of piece. But after awhile, you'll be able to figure out how to do things. There are ultimately a finite number of ways to do a particular project.

The more I do, the less I accomplish.
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The shopsmith site has some plans
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I think I have filled in my spam account details for a mike's site, which gave me a link to the 150 plans, and subsequently tried to sell me the 14000 plans for Ted's woodworking.

An easy way to pick up crappy sites I found was to search on the site 3 or 4 times for the same terms, and get back different results each time. I was looking for "wing back chair". and was expecting 5 results max. but when you get responses on the same search terms of 34, 67 and 98 respectively, (or something like that) - you realize its a randomised result "count"

soon the scammers from teds will most likely start a payload for ransomware - which pays better than a ted's plan subscription
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We've had a few scammers post on this forum offering a prize for best woodworking plan. They of course sell those plans that are submitted on sites similar to those mentioned or maybe even the same sites. Whether anyone collects the prize I don`t know. We (the Mods) give them the boot when we see them.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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