The Ultimate Ted’s Woodworking Review

Ted’s woodworking plans sounds pretty good: 16,000 wooodworking plans plus some handy bonuses for $69.

There are good and bad reviews of the plans online, so what’s it really like? Is it legit? Is it a scam? Are the plans any good? Can you get your money back if you don’t like what you get?

My Ted’s woodworking review is here to answer all that. I’ll do my best to pull the curtain back and give you a good enough look that you make up your own mind.

I’m a paying customer of Ted’s, in fact I paid full price. (I show you how to get a $20 discount though). I’ve had the plans several years and I’ve had a good look at them. I’ve received lots of monthly bonus plans and guides and I’ve even used the support system, so I can tell you how that worked for me.

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Can You Trust Me? Or Any Reviewer For That Matter? (Disclosure)

Almost everyone that reviews a product like this either gets a commission for sales, (positive reviews) or they’re selling a competing product (negative reviews). Sometimes negative reviews come from someone who’s paying Black and Decker prices but expects DeWalt quality.

So you need to know if you buy the plans from this site I make a commission. I’ve become an affiliate of Teds Woodworking plans. It won’t cost you any extra and I’ll add my own bonuses to Ted’s plans (ebooks to help you with your woodworking.) And you can save$20 by subscribing to our newsletter. (Do it on our free birdhouse plans page).

I don’t promote rubbish because it harms my reputation and The Guy Shed reputation. It would hurt me financially.

Plus I’m doing my best to give you all the info you need to make your own considered decision.

Awesome Workbenches!

Teds plans have several workbenches ranging from nice and simple to these two beauties below.

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This is a mobile workbench with a built in clamping system, built in router table and plenty of storage. 48 pages of plans and instructions!

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This is a professional grade workbench with a wide end vice, pattern makers vice on the side and bench dogs. 7 pages of plans and instructions. 

Why Would You Want Thousands Of Woodworking Plans?

  • Mainly because it saves you time and money. You won’t have to search online (or offline) for the plans you want, and then pay for each plan individually.

Online plans sell for anything from $5 to $20 each. Or more! It doesn’t take long to add up. There are free plans online but if you can’t find a suitable one you’ll have to buy one. And it takes time to search all those different websites. But with your own stash of thousands of plans you just use one of them. You pay once and use the plans forever. And they’re less than a penny each.

Also

  • You can get a lot of enjoyment just looking through the plans and checking out the interesting ones. If you like browsing through hardware stores or reading your woodworking magazines browsing the plans will be just as nice.
  • Here’s a reason that’s a bit more controversial. More and more people are expecting society to completely break down in our lifetimes. Some say within 10 to 20 years. (I hope they’re wrong). If they’re right the best hope of survival will be in small self sufficient communities. With skill, tools and a comprehensive set of plans you’d be a valuable member of one of these communities.

 

Who Is Ted? Is He Even Real? And Does It Matter?

 

Ted Mcgrath is the man behind Ted’s Woodworking Plans.

He’s worked with wood since his schooldays, and while he’s semi-retired now he still teaches woodworking classes twice a week in a technical college. He had a massive collection of plans himself, and joined ranks with another former woodworking teacher to build this archive of over 16,000 plans which he now sells.

Some say that’s not his real name. Some say that’s not his real photo. And some say he doesn’t narrate his video himself.

Does it really matter?

Writers use pen names. Actors and singers use stage names. If Ted is doing the same I can’t see the problem. In fact, given the number of haters online it’s probably a wise move.

And having an amateur narrating a long video is horribly boring. Using a professional is standard practice on sales pages and it’s a lot more pleasant for you and me.

What’s far more important, are the plans value for money, does support work, can you get a refund if you don’t like what you get?

 

What Do You Get?

 

You get 16,000 plans covering a lot of different types of projects so it doesn’t matter what you want to build there are most likely plans for it. And that saves you money because you don’t have to buy plans individually. You could easily pay $10, $20 or even more just for one set of plans for one project.

These are downloadable plans. You get lifetime access to the members area where all the download files are. And if you want the plans on DVD you can pay extra to get them.

Note that you don’t get the Cad files for most of the plans so you can’t just jump into the Cad program and modify them. You’d have to draw the plans from scratch. I was disappointed when I realized this, but realistically speaking thousands of plans with CAD files would cost a heck of a lot more than Ted charges. In fact he’d probably have to sell plans individually to recoup his costs.

 

Plans include:

  • Beds
  • Bird feeders and birdhouses
  • Benches
  • Bookcases
  • Coffee tables
  • Decks
  • Desks
  • Dog houses
  • Green houses
  • Stables
  • Rabbit houses
  • Sheds
  • Wagons
  • Workbenches

Ted lists a hundred categories on his website “plus more”. I’m not going to list everything here because you can see it all a lot better on Ted’s site. If you haven’t seen his site head on over for a look. But remember to come back here and sign up to our newsletter to save $20 if you want to purchase them.

You Get Bonuses Too

You don’t just get the plans. Ted’s added free bonuses to sweeten the deal. You get:

CAD software. (Computer aided drafting. You can draw and modify plans on your computer). I’ve had a look at this and it looks good. It’s well featured and you can use both 3D and 2D. It has an extensive help.

If you’ve never used CAD before there will be a learning curve, and that’s because this is a good quality CAD program with lots of tools, not just a simple sketching program. You can definitely teach yourself to use it if you want to.

I’d suggest finding a few Yutube videos on using CAD to help you out. They won’t teach you this specific program but they can teach you what you need to know about using CAD in a user friendly way.

150 woodworking videos. Good if you’re like me and not an experienced woodworker. These are off Youtube and you don’t need to Buy Ted’s Woodworking Plans to see them. The advantage is that Ted has already found them and vetted them for quality. You don’t have to wade through all the horrific low quality videos to find the gems.

How To Start A Woodworking Business ebook. If you’ve ever thought of making some extra income from a woodworking or, or even turn it into a full time business this book is a good start.

This is a 20 page ebook that takes you through the basics of starting your own woodworking business. 

Woodworking Guides

If you’re a beginner the guides will be helpful. There are 7 of them and they range from 6 pages to 80 pages.

Free lifetime membership to Teds Woodworking so when new plans are released you get them too. If you lose all your downloaded plans, e.g. your computer crashes, you can download them again.

It’s a professional looking members area with links to all your downloads.

More Free Plans Every Month
Every month Ted sends a few bonus plans and/or woodworking tips and guides. I bought Ted’s plans a couple of years ago and I’m still getting free bonus plans and woodworking info every month

You Get Bonus Plans Every Month

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Just a few of the monthly bonus plans and guides I’ve received.

 

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What Are Ted’s Plans Really Like?

 

Imagine you were buying a shed full of tools from a closed down woodworking business for cents on the dollar.

You know most of the tools would be good. Many would be top quality, Dewalt, Metabo etc. Then there’d be plenty of 2nd tier tools like Ryobi. Not as powerful, not as robust but still totally fine. And there’d be some handyman quality tools including brand X from the local discount stores. Not so good, but if one of them was the tool you needed then you know it would still be usable. And last, there’d be a handful of broken tools that should have been chucked out but they were missed in all the excitement.

You know that despite the varying quality you’re getting a bargain.

Teds Woodworking plans are similar. There’s the great, the good, the okay, and a handful that shouldn’t be there. Overall, they’re a bargain.

Most have sketches, 3d drawings or photos, instructions and a cutting list as well as the plans themselves.

They come in a few different formats though.

 

Some Are Drawn By Cad and Are Awesome

Some plans are absolutely fantastic with plenty of drawings, 3d views and lots of instructions for the beginner. They were drawn with Cad (computer aided drafting) and they’re very clear and easy to follow. An unskilled beginner could follow them and build their project with a high chance of turning out a quality product.

 

Some Are From Pre Cad Days And Are Still Absolutely Fine

Other plans are from pre Cad days and have been drawn on a drawing board. There’s nothing wrong with that. Pre Cad days aren’t that long ago. In fact when I did my engineering degree in the 80s we didn’t touch Cad. All tech drawings were done with pen and paper.

These plans are still very readable and when I enlarge them on my computer dimensions, notes etc are still quite readable, but it’s not the same as enlarging a Cad drawing. They still have instructions, and yes, they’re generally fine for beginner woodworkers.

 

Some are Photocopies From Magazines, But Are Still Quite Usable

Then there are some plans that look like they’ve been photocopied from an old woodworking magazine, giving instructions over a few pages and drawings with dimensions. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it gives a real variety of plans to cater for different wants and needs. They’re still quite readable on a computer.

 

There Are Many Plans In Each Category So You Should Be Able To Find One You Like

You’ll find multiple plans in each category so you’re bound to find one you like. For example in the workbench section there are 15 workbenches. Some are for the workshop, and a few for gardening.

They range from very simple work benches with basic plans to a large workbench on wheels with 6 ft x 2 ft work area, built-in clamping, built-in router table and plenty of storage. (I want it!) It’s bigger and better than one I bought for several hundred dollars and still had to assemble. (Mine was only 2’3”x1’8”) These plans are 48 pages long with lots of drawings of individual components and lots of 3d assembly drawings. It looks complicated but with the drawings and instructions anyone could make it.

 

An Example: Treadle Chicken Feeder Plans: 22 pages, cutting list, detailed drawings, detailed instructions.

(I need to make this for my chooks)

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Are The Plans For Beginners, Experts…?

 

There are plans suitable for every skill level: beginners, intermediate and advanced woodworkers.

If you’re a beginner, look through the plans for the ones best suited to your skill level. There are absolutely heaps of plans with such detailed instructions a beginner can build them. You’ll get good value from Ted’s woodworking plans.

If you want to use plans more suitable for an intermediate for example, there are plenty of guides and tips to help you along the way. It will take you longer but take it easy and you’ll find learning more skills enjoyable.

Some plans are really only suitable for advanced woodworkers. If you’re not an expert yet, you can build your skills up over time.

What’s Wrong With Teds Woodworking  Plans?

 

Nothing is perfect, so what’s wrong with plans?

  • The sheer volume of plans means downloading can take a while.
  • You don’t just download one zip file. There are several dozen zip files and PDFs to download, divided into categories eg dressers, decks, playhouses. workbenches etc.  (Actually that’s good. You don’t have to download the whole lot at once, you can just download what you’re interested in).
  • A few of the photocopied plans are a bit rough. They’re still usable but not as good as they should have been.
  • Quality control could have been better. A few plans are included twice. A few plans are missing important stuff and shouldn’t be in the collection.

Finding The Plans You Want

 

The sheer volume of plans can be a bit overwhelming at first but finding the plans you want doesn’t seem to be too bad. Plans are organised into categories and I’m following my way around them alright.

Once you get to a category just open up the various plans and find the one that suits you. If you’re like me you’ll enjoy looking at the different styles of projects in a category.

The sheer volume of info also means that there may be tips that will help you make your job better and easier, but you don’t know they’re there, and you don’t even realize you can look for them. You may be struggling to glue and screw something square and there’s a tip to make it much easier but you just don’t realize it’s there.

I’d suggest spending a bit of time looking around all the different areas of the plans and guides just so you have an idea of what is available. Thankfully all the file names describe what they’re about fairly well.

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What’s the Support Like?

 

 Ted’s Woodworking has a support system for frequently asked questions or issues. I used it once when I couldn’t get into the members area. I contacted support and they fixed the problem. It was a while ago and I really can’t remember how long it took, but it was in a normal time frame for other support systems I’ve used.

 

What’s The Guarantee Like?

 

When I buy something like this online there’s always the thought at the back of my mind: What if I spend all this money and I don’t like what I see? What if it’s low quality junk?

So there’s a 60 day money back guarantee. Ted says “Simply email me and I will return 100% of your money back no questions asked”. 60 days gives you plenty of time to check the whole package out.

Ted’s woodworking plans is administered by Clickbank, a highly reputable third party provider so you can be sure any request for a refund will be honored. So if it really was a scam (spoiler: it’s not) and Ted didn’t give a refund you could always contact Clickbank directly for a refund. See how to do that here.

Are Ted’s Plans Value For Money?

My opinion: definitely.  You’re paying less than a penny each and most of the plans are fantastic quality with great instructions.

And, the plans cover a huge number of different categories from toys to sheds.

There are plans the beginner can use to make useful high quality projects that can save a lot of dollars compared to buying, and you get the satisfaction of building them. If you’re an experienced woodworker you’ll find plans you’ll like too.

The support system works, and if you decided you didn’t like the plans (unlikely) you can get your money back.

Good luck with all your projects.

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Your Bonuses From The Guy Shed

We appreciate you buying Ted’s Woodworking plans from The Guy Shed so we’re adding our own bonuses to give you even more value.

There are 5 classic woodworking ebooks.

The ebooks are from the early 1920’s, and they’re packed with valuable woodworking info and woodworking plans. Remember, the basics never change and what was valid 100 years ago is just as valid today.

Woodworking For Beginners (1900) Over 600 pages and 700 illustrations. Topics cover

  • Tools, wood, working drawings, and the workshop
  • Projects – toys, animal houses, sports and games equipment, furniture and misc items
  • House building for beginners – elementary principles, simple summer cottages, simple structures 
  • Boat building for beginners
  • Tools and operations
  • Table of contents and comprehensive index that are all hyperlinked to the relevant section so you can find what you want quickly.

A Boys Workshop (1884) 153 pages and plenty of illustrations. It covers the workshop and tools, projects, even archery (including how to make a bow) and knots hitches and splices. No index, but it has a hyperlinked Table Of Contents.

How To Make Mission Furniture (1909) 134 pages and 72 illustrations. 29 projects from a porch chair to a combination billiard table/davenport. Hyperlinked TOC

A Course in Wood Turning (1919) Hyperlinked TOC. Lots of illustrations and 72 pages including:

  • The lathe
  • Wood turning tools
  • Spindle turning
  • Tool processes
  • Oval turning
  • Duplicate turning
  • Faceplate and chuck turning
  • Spiral turning

Woodwork Joints. Hyperlinked TOC and index. 227 pages and lots of illustrations. A handy reference book.

 

How To Get Your Guy Shed Bonuses: 

After you buy Teds Woodworking Plans  either from our link on this page or from our newsletter, Contact Us via our contact form or email.

We’ll need your first and last name and receipt number. Then we’ll email you the download link.

What If You Don’t Like Ted’s Woodworking Plans and Get A Refund?

Not many people do refund (that shows how good the package is) but if you do, please keep our Guy Shed bonus ebooks with our compliments as a thank you for trying the plans.

If You Want To Build Some Awesome Projects…

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