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Who is America’s top expert when it comes to woodwork plans and projects?
Some might say Bob Vila, popular home improvement expert and celebrity. He is certainly a candidate.
Others might name Scott Phillips, host of the well-known, PBS show, The American Woodshop.
Still others, probably only one, would nominate, Tim “The Toolman” Taylor. OK, maybe that dates me, but he is still fun to watch.
However, because of his new, massive publication, I am going to suggest that America’s top expert for woodshop plans just may be Ted “Woody” McGrath. He may not be as entertaining as those guys, but I think you will find him even more helpful.
Ted is a professional woodworker who lives in Slater, Iowa. He has been a carpenter for 36 years. He is also an educator, so he knows his way around a wood shop. He can probably even tell you how to build a woodshop, or how to furnish a woodshop. Woody is a card carrying member of the AWI, the Architectural Woodwork Institute. The AWI was founded back in 1953 as an organization to support professional woodworkers, suppliers, and manufacturers. It is a non-profit organization with a membership of about 4,000 people. The AWI publishes an incredible quarterly magazine called, Design Solutions. Design Solutions helps to inform architects and other design professional. It discusses what is true architectural woodwork and the lasting benefits of including it in their designs.
What makes Ted Mcgrath so unique is that he has recently compiled and released a massive and comprehensive package of woodworking projects and plans with more than 16,000 plans. These plans included detailed drawings, schematics, building designs, blueprints, even “how to” videos. So, whether you are looking for Bed Plans, Bedroom Plans, Bench Plans, or Bird Feeder Plans, you will find them here. You can literally find out how to build a cradle, or how to make a clock. In fact, his package, can literally teach you how to build a wishing well, or how to build a windmill for your backyard.
When I scrolled through the extensive list of wood plans I really got excited and wanted to build something, whether I needed it or not. Let me just say, that if you have a woodwork project coming up soon, you will be 99% sure to find plans for it in this package. And, you will be glad you have it, because it will literally save you time and money since you will have a list of the materials and tools you will need. I have wasted both time and money buying more than I needed, or finding out later, that I did not have all I needed and having to go back to Lowe’s several times. That is so frustrating.
If you have kids and ever need to help them with a school woodshop project or if you are a teacher who has to put projects together, then this is a must for you. You will be so glad you have it and can print out a simple set of plans and instructions whenever you need to.
Can I prove that Ted Mcgrath is America’s top woodwork guru? Not really, but take a look at his offering and you can be the judge.
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