I made Wood Shop Essentials with the beginner-intermediate woodworker in mind. But to get the most out of it, you should have at least basic working knowledge of your power tools, making cuts, and shop safety.
Otherwise, I’ve made the plans very easy to follow and understand, so beginners can easily make sense of them.
Plus, these jigs and other tool enhancers are incredibly useful for beginners . . . and you won’t outgrow them anytime soon! In fact, I still use them myself for projects in the intermediate-advanced range.
If you need help getting over common beginner hurdles, the Wood Shop Essentials Video Training Vault has tool-specific videos geared towards new woodworkers.
My plans are all high quality, professionally designed, and come with a money-back guarantee.
You should also consider the potential cost of using free plans. Free plans come with zero support . . . and if they’re poorly designed or poorly explained, you may be left high and dry in the middle of a project. That means wasted time and wasted materials.
But when you join Wood Shop Essentials, you’ll get email support from me personally.
And I stand behind my plans 100%, so I also offer a 60 day, 100% money-back guarantee. That means I have a real incentive to make sure my plans are accurate and helpful and do what I say they’ll do.
That’s something you won’t get with any free plan you find online.
There are 3 options to join. “Lite” is a one-time payment only, and includes lifetime access to the Plans and Bonuses downloads page.
The “Standard” option is a recurring yearly membership fee, and includes the additional video content, a 5th bonus, and all updates and new plans while a member.
The “Lifetime” option is a one-time payment, for essentially “Standard” access, but without the recurring fee, plus updates for life and a complimentary USB flash drive.
Every plan as described on this page is a pdf file that you can download. You can download them as you need them, or you can download everything as soon as you join.
However you want to download the files, they are completely accessible from day one, and once you download the file, it’s yours to keep forever.
Once you have the files on your computer, they can be printed as many times as you’d like.
The only restriction, as stated in our terms, is that you do not redistribute the plans to others, paid or otherwise.
You can watch the videos over an internet connection on your devices, from inside the members area. There are options to automatically adjust the playback quality based on your bandwidth, which helps load video faster on slower connections.
Most of the training and projects inside Wood Shop Essentials focus on just three tools:
Table saw, router, and drill press.
With just these three tools, you can accomplish so many awesome things in a woodshop!
(To break down plywood you may need a circular saw)
You should also have some basic hand tools. For example, you’ll need a way to cut curves. If you don’t have a scroll saw or band saw, you can use a jigsaw, or even a coping saw.
You’ll also need a drill and a pocket hole jig.
In each project I lay out all the tools and bits required to complete the project — that way there are no surprises halfway through.
If you’re a complete beginner and have no tools, you’ll need to invest in the basics. To help you, as a member of Wood Shop Essentials you’ll get access to a bonus ebook, Setting Up Shop. This ebook includes shopping lists for all budgets, plus handy money-saving tips for your tool purchases.
All Wood Shop Essentials plans, as well as the included furniture projects, I make with both imperial and metric measurements included.
Depending on where you are, some items I use may or may not be easy for you to find locally.
I typically use Amazon to find items I can’t find easily in my area.
To make sure you can find what you need, when you join Wood Shop Essentials, you’ll get access to my Project Material Sources page. This page includes Amazon links to the items I vouch for and personally use when building my jigs and sleds.
Yes. I take the security of your credit card and other personal information very seriously.
That’s why I’ve partnered with Stripe and PayPal. They offer extra layers of protection, including an encryption layer on the transaction, to ensure that your payment information is safe.
Your card information will only be seen and handled by these payment processors. I will not be able to access your card information in any way. You honestly have a higher chance of credit card fraud at your local gas stations than you do using the Stripe or PayPal payment processors.
Don’t worry, included is a 60-day 100% money-back guarantee.
So you’re not risking anything at all!
Have a close look at all the material. If the projects and plans don’t help you make breakthroughs in your woodworking skills, just let me know within 60 days, and I’ll happily refund you.
You’ll have access to the current list of project plans for life, regardless of which option you choose.
All the plans and ebooks are digital only. That means you can download and view them on your devices, and you can print them as well. Video content is for streaming online, on your devices.
If your purchase includes the WSE Flash Drive, that is a physical item that will be shipped to you.
No absolutely not.
We are in no way affiliated with Ted’s Woodworking.
Wood Shop Essentials is made of plans that I, Adam Henley, actually create myself (minus a few that I purchased the rights to).
All my plans are up to date, modern, high definition, and in color.
Each plan is its own file, so you won’t have to scroll through hundreds of pages searching for the project you want. Just open the individual pdf file for the project you want to build.
Inside Wood Shop Essentials, you will NOT find scanned, low quality, outdated, public domain, or ripped off plans of any sort.