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Is Ted’s Woodworking a Scam? An honest review.

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Man working on a piece of wood Maybe one of Ted's Woodworking plans?

WHY AM I DOING THIS REVIEW ON TED’S WOODWORKING?

As many of you know, I like to be thorough, honest, and upfront about the products I review so that you can make an informed decision about the product before you buy it or pass it up. So, is Ted’s Woodworking a scam? Why do a review on Ted’s Woodworking plans, and what does that have to do with Veterans? Read on, my friends!

The short answer is no. Ted’s Woodworking is not a scam. I bought it, I used it, and I liked it (see pictures of my completed projects throughout this article). So, I decided to write a review on it. As for what this has to do with Veterans, many of us are still trying to figure out what we want to be when we grow up, and Woodworking can be an excellent way to make a living or supplement our retirement. Others of us need to find things to take our minds off of the past.  If you are thinking of starting a woodworking business, check out these tips for creating a small business.

WHY DID I BUY TED’S WOODWORKING?

Some of you may not know this about me yet, but I have an MBA, have been self-employed since I retired from the Army, and I have a bit of a business mindset. So, a while back, my oldest brother David and I had a conversation about Woodworking. He was contemplating quitting his job and becoming a full-time woodworker and wanted my advice on the matter. Here is some of his work:

epoxy egg in a woodworked basethree epoxy eggs with wood worked baseswood carved shell casing with a deer antler and brass casing

I have to admit, the man does AWESOME work, and anyone who bought anything from him would agree with that statement and would not be disappointed. As you can see, he incorporates a lot of epoxy and resin into his woodworking—way beyond my skill set. I am not an expert woodworker with a shop full of saws, lathes, planers, and routers. But, I enjoy working with my hands, and I had a few “honey-do” projects that my wife had been bugging me to do, and this conversation piqued my interest. Unfortunately, I don’t live close enough to my brother to have him do the work for me, so I headed off to the Internet to do some research and ultimately decided on Ted’s plans.

Three epoxy eggs on wood bases

I won’t bore you with the details of why I chose Ted’s plans rather than some others out there. But, I will tell you that there are plenty of people that think Ted’s Woodworking is a scam. I will debunk many of those rumors and opinions in this article. So, without further ado, here is my review of Ted’s Woodworking Plans.

Rumor #1 – “Ted’s Plans are a ripoff.” FALSE.

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Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I believe that rumor is false. As I mentioned, I am not an expert woodworker, so I am sure that lifelong carpenters and woodworking gurus will have more critical opinions than I do on the subject. But, is Ted’s Woodworking plans worth the price? Even if you only make a few of the plethora of projects available in the kit (like I have so far), it is money well spent. Not to mention, there is a 100% money-back guarantee, so if the scam claims were valid, I could request a refund.

I read a review written by a woman who claimed to be a kindergarten teacher that became a stay at home mom. In her review, she openly admitted that she did not have time to research woodworking plans. However, looking at her website, she stated that her job is to “conduct in-house product research.” If that is her job, why did she not “have time” to spend on this product? (Red flag alert!)

A deeper dive into her review showed that she is an affiliate marketer, and she was advertising a different woodworking program with an affiliate program of its own. NEWSFLASH! Your review just lost a TON of credibility in my eyes.

NOTE: Speaking of credibility, I also found a review by a high school woodworking teacher that had purchased Ted’s plans, and guess what? He did not think this was a scam either. He uses many of the projects in the classes he teaches at the school.

Rumor #2 – “TED” is a fraud scamming an illegal offer. FALSE.

First, I am no lawyer, and I don’t know for sure if this program is legal or not. Accusing Ted’s Woodworking of being “illegal” is a severe allegation. This product has been around for YEARS. They are a top-rated and successful company that I am sure a lawyer would love to pounce on if there was a legitimate case against them. One review claims that Ted’s Woodworking Plans are “stolen” and negatively impact 237 different woodworking companies. I wonder how many companies Amazon “negatively impacts” by being top-rated and successful.

cartoon police officer holding handcuffs and a police car

What laws are this company breaking, and why has there not been any action taken against them yet? It makes you wonder. If “Ted” is breaking laws, those affected would take legal action.  However, they have not.  Ask yourself why that is. You’ll have to decide for yourself. The fact that you are here is a sign that you do your due diligence, so congratulations on that either way!

Rumor #3 – “Ted” doesn’t exist. PROBABLY TRUE. (UNKNOWN)

DOES “TED” EVEN EXIST? shadow image of an unknown person

 

Truthfully, probably not. Because of all the sketchy reviews and scam claims I found, I decided to do a little digging myself (as you may or may not know, I used to be a contract background investigator?) Based on my findings, “Ted” is probably a fictional character or a pseudonym or a pen name created to protect his or her privacy. It is common for someone to use a pseudonym when they feel like their real name is not attractive or “doesn’t fit” their product.

drawing of Marilyn Monroe

Would Marilyn Monroe have become as famous as she is if she had stayed Norma Jeane Mortenson on the screen? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, “Ted” was probably selected as a name for marketing purposes rather than identifying a real person. While many people may feel cheated by this tactic, it didn’t bother me because I understand the business benefit of a name, and the fact is, regardless of what you call this company/person, the name DID NOT change the product in any way.

 

Rumor #4 – Ted’s Woodworking plans are “Too Good to be True.” FALSE

OK, here’s the deal with this one. This product is not perfect by any stretch of the word, but it is good.  Again, please don’t take my word (or anybody else’s) for it.  Check out this FREE BOOK to decide for yourself.

  • Are there 16,000 plans included? I have no idea. I wasn’t about to try to count them all. Suffice it to say; there are A LOT of project plans included in this product.
  • Are they all step-by-step? No. There are plans designed for all skill levels, from beginner to pro. So, even though the website says, “skill level doesn’t matter,” not all of these plans are suitable for beginners, and many professionals do not want or need step by step plans. Don’t worry, though; there are plenty of detailed, step-by-step plans included (see my screenshot sample of one such plan below.)
  • You have to keep in mind that this is a vast collection of different plans for various products. Unless you plan to turn this into a business, you will probably never build most of these projects. BUT, if you create even just a few of them, you will save enough money to make this purchase worth the cost.

Rumor #5 – Ted “stole” these plans from other sites. PROBABLY TRUE (Unknown)

stacks of books Ted's Woodworking has a library of plans!

Are the plans original or “stolen” from other sites? I don’t know if “Ted” is doing anything illegal or not, but the fact of the matter is that any digital product you find, anywhere, could be “stolen” from somewhere else. He could just as quickly claim those other sites stole the plans from him. Sure, you can find most, if not all, these plans in various universities, websites, books, and magazines for free if you want to spend the time digging for them.

Either way, his site has not been shut down, leading me to believe that he is on the up and up. Whether they are all 100% original plans designed by him or not is irrelevant. If he wants to take the time to consolidate all of these plans and videos in one convenient location for my use, it’s worth the price to me.

Should I buy Ted’s Woodworking?

man working on a guitar. Ted's Woodworking has guitar plans too.That depends. If you like the occasional DIY project or dabble as a hobbyist woodworker, this is an excellent addition to your arsenal.   Ted’s Woodworking categorizes most of the plans as “beginner,” “intermediate,” or “advanced.”

 

Plan categories (with multiple plans in each) include:

If I Buy it, How Do I Get it?

There are multiple delivery options for this product.  As a series of downloadable PDFs, you log into your account, locate the plan you want, and then you can download it. They also offer a DVD, but that is an additional $19.95, and I did not order that, so I can not provide you with any details on its quality.

Check out this FREE BOOK to decide for yourself.

Pros:

Very well organized – Includes categorized plans and a well-organized, easy to use member area.

Excellent Value – If you complete one or two of the projects presented in this program, it pays for itself. There are tons of good quality plans from which to choose.

Some Great plans – If you have something specific that you plan to build, chances are you will find a design for it in this program. Some of these plans are definitely worth making and potentially reselling; the Loft Bed, for example, is AWESOME!

Convenience – Remember, it is a digital download, so it’s completely portable. You can download the plans on your phone or tablet, or you can print them out.

Inspiration: Not sure what you want to build? No problem, scan through the categories for inspiration. Having everything consolidated into one easy to navigate location is inspirational in itself and helps you come up with ideas you never imagined.

Cons:

The Videos – The video are just poor marketing. Granted, they are a bonus item and don’t cost anything, but I still believe that the product is better without them than with them.   They added a hodgepodge collection of YouTube videos to the members’ area, but they’re not worth watching. You can find much better ones out there if you want videos. Fortunately, we bought this for the plans, not the videos!

Some downright awful plans – As with anything provided in mass quantity, you get some rotten eggs. Some projects in this program are downright awful. That means you will have to spend a little time filtering through them to find the high-quality one you want.

Conclusion:

All in all, I am happy with this product, and I would recommend it to others. I have completed several projects (shown below) using the detailed plans provided. If I need inspiration for a gift idea or want to build something, this is a great resource to use.

Handmade wooden end table Similar to those in Ted's WoodworkingSideview of handmade wooden end table

 

hand made wooden curio cabinet with door closed like in Ted's Woodworking Planshand made wooden curio cabinet with door open like in Ted's Woodworking Planshand made wooden barnstyle door made from Ted's Woodworking

44 thoughts on “Is Ted’s Woodworking a Scam? An honest review.”

  1. Wow, I really enjoyed this and though I haven’t heard of ted wood working before, I really liked the pictures I saw in this article and I would recommend this for anyone who wants a woodwork done for him and I will also get it for myself and my other family members as well

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    • Thanks Collinsss.  Full disclosure, like I said in the article, the first bunch of pictures were from my brother (he designed and built them.) They didn’t come from Ted’s Woodworking.  The pictures at the end of the article are mine :). Thanks again!

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  2. Well, going by the unbiased review and the clarifications you have made here too concerning this ted woodworking, I think it is safe to get it.I like the fact that you have explained so much about it and alaso cleared the air about the rumours too. I think on the overall, going by what you have shared, it is a great one and I might actually go for it. 

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    • Thank you Lisa. I’m glad you found my review helpful.  Of you are considering getting this, I highly recommend getting the 50 free plans I linked in the article.  They will give you a good idea of what to expect from it if you end up getting the whole thing.  Thanks again!

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  3. This is exactly the reason why we need to get the reviews from people who have actually made use of the pkatform or program and have used it to understand if it truly is good or not. I saw some other people saying that ted’s woodworking is nothing but a sham but I’m happy with this through post from someone who has actually used the platform.

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    • Thanks Jamie.  I agree!  A big part of why I did this review was to clear the air a little bit.  As you can see from my projects, the plans provided all the details and instructions I needed and I am no carpenter!  Thanks again!

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  4. Hello there, thank you so much for sharing this. this is a very awesome piece and a very detailed one. I’m really happy I came across this.  Learnt about Ted wood working a scam or an honest review. Thank you for your honest review and also clearing the air about Ted woodworking being a scam 

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    • Thanks Charity.  I’m glad you found this article informative.  I think it’s very important for people to get a true review of a product.  In my opinion, Ted’s is NOT a scam and I am very happy with it.  As you can see from the projects I did, it definitely saved me money 🙂

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  5. Great post on Ted’s Woodworking! I’ve only done 1 real woodworking project building a shelf for my snake tanks but I had a super fun time doing it. This seems like a really great product to generate some new woodworking projects. I’ll definitely be browsing their beginner section, for sure. Do you have any project recommendations out of those?

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    • Hi Dev.  Thanks for the reply.  I guess it really depends on your interests and needs as to which project to start with.  As you probably noticed from my pictures, I primarily did things that were straight cuts or didn’t require a lot of tools.  One that I think would be really cool to do in the free book is the collapsable band saw basket.  I haven’t made it because I don’t have a band saw but I am actually thinking about trying to do it with my jigsaw.  I think it will make a great Christmas gift and it is quick and simple.  Let me know if you end up doing it, I would love to see it and If I do it, I will be sure to post pictures!  Thanks again!

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  6. Okay, first of all:

    Holy MOLY, your brother is freakin’ talented! If he has a website, plug him in here for sure, and I can guarantee you commissions will flow in. Gorgeous, gorgeous gorgeous and when I have the money you bet I’ll be coming back here to get something from him.

    That being said, I’m no veteran but I have been interested in woodworking and this site looks really solid. I don’t have the time, space, nor money to do woodworking right now but in the future, I’ll keep Ted’s Woodworking in mind. Thank you!

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    • Thanks Christina!  Yes, my brother does awesome work!  (although if he reads these comments he may need to use his skills to widen his doors so his head will fit through them!).  lol  He does not have a website, and I would never accept a commission from him, but if you or anyone you know is interested in having him design and create something for you, let me know and I can get you in touch with him.

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  7. To be honest I didn’t know that you can buy plans for woodworking. I love see things made of natural products and wood feels so nice to the touch. Teds products look stunning and what a lovely hobby for someone who is retired or wants to make some extra income. Now I’ve seen this I would recommend teds woodworking. You never know, I might even take it up myself.

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    • Hi Michael!  Thanks for reading!.  I am definitely not an expert woodworker, nor do I have a shed full of tools.  But there are so many simple plans that don’t require many tools or skills to complete that I really enjoy.  I would encourage you to skim through the free book and see for yourself!  Thanks again!

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  8. Well, I did not know about Ted’s Woodworking and I haven’t come across it’s products too but I must say they are awesome.  It’s very important to emphasize it’s legitimacy too because in most cases, we find some  companies which seem to be too good to be legitimate. It’s good to do  any job you are passionate about for the best end products.

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    • Thanks, Kokontala.  I was skeptical when I first started looking into it, but as I stated in the article.  I found that the plans are more than worth it, and I don’t believe that Ted’s is a scam.  Thanks again!

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  9. Appreciate your Ted’s Woodworking review! Thanks for clearing the air against those rumors escalated by those who know little or nothing about it! I also read about rumors claiming that Ted’s woodworking plans are a ripoff, some claiming that it never existed, while others claiming that Ted’s plans are too good to be true.

    So, I appreciate you coming out to disclaim all these rumors. Kudos for using the high school woodworking teacher, who uses Ted’s plans in the classes he teaches, as a case study. This is a good claim against all the rumors.

    Thanks.

    Joyce

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    • Thank you, Joyce.  I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on my review.  I pride myself on doing my due diligence before I invest in something.  It is obvious to me that you do the same.  I gave a lot of credibility to that high school teacher (and he wasn’t the only teacher I found that uses these plans).  I am actually considering recommending the program to my local high school’s woodworking class.

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  10. I found this review to be very informative, it covered anything and everything id ask to the point. I enjoyed reading the review as well because i enjoy projects of my own, and for you to debunk the false accusations of the project is very nice because some people get the wrong feels of a product just because they give up to easily on the task at hand. Great Review !

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  11. l was looking for ”woodworking tutorials” and Ted Wood Working popped up on a number of searches. l read a few reviews by people who never purchased Ted’s Woodworking plans and had probably never used a chisel in their entire lives. Surprisingly, they called it a scam and as usual, pitched their affiliate products they are promoting.

    Thank you for this honest review and for posting the wonderful projects that you completed. Downloaded the free Art Of Woodworking Guide for a start and l am impressed with the 40 40 fully detailed, step-by-step project plans. l want to make some wooden stools for a start. Let’s see how it goes. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Thanks, Amos!  I really appreciate your feedback.  I would love to see pictures of your stools when you make them!  I think my next project is going to be the collapsable ban saw basket.  I think it is a cool idea, and it will make a great gift.  I don’t have a band saw, but I think I can pull it off with a jigsaw!  Thanks again, and good luck!

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  12. Hello there! I have not heard of Ted’s woodworking. But after reading this article and thanks to your unbiased opinions, this seems like a legit thing. I am sure many who were curious about this would want reviews like this before spending money on something that can be a bit expensive to invest in, but you really did the homework for them. The pictures of the wood work are amazing too. Thanks for this article!

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    • Hi Mike.  Thank you for your feedback.  I am glad you found it informative and helpful.  That was my goal in writing this review.

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  13. I really appreciate your review.  It seems genuine.  It’s unfortunate that there are people out there trying to tear down and tarnish the name of what appears to be a solid product just to promote another one.  I took woodshop in high school and it was one of my favorite classes.  

    I live in an apartment building with limited space right now so I don’t anticipate being able to do any woodworking in the near future.  Maybe I’ll try to see if there is some type of woodworking shop nearby me where I can pay to use their tools.  

    Your brother is really talented.  I really liked the bullet in a wooden bullet piece.  Is that some type of marble at the top?

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    • Hi Thomas, thanks for the response!  I like the bullet too.  I had to ask him about the top, and it is an epoxy resin (like the “Dragon Eggs”).  Best of luck to you in your future successes!

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  14. I guess now-a-day, when it comes to online programs, you just never know which ones to trust. I know most of these programs mean well. Some don’t provide enough information and the tools you need to get going. While others are on the level, but still entrepreneurs still worry about being scammed. I know the feeling well. It’s not fun losing your hard earned money to these type of businesses!

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    • Hi Rjkennedy.  Thanks for your reply!  You are 100% correct.  Many online programs are scams.  I hope that my review sheds light on Ted’s Woodworking to help people see that it is worthwhile.

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  15. Thank you for your thorough review. I think I downloaded one of his free plans a few years ago but was never able to do anything because I’m not set up with that many tools. And I never had time to really get into it but I love woodworking.
    It’s amazing how upset people get about “real” names. Even if it isn’t a real name there’s a ton of value so why make a fuss?!

     I’ll check out his plans again and see what all he has now.

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    • Thanks, Lindsay.  The free book has a bunch of plans (40 of them), and while many of them require a lot of tools, there are also some in there that only require a couple of basic tools.  I think I am going to try the collapsable ban saw basket soon.  I think I might be able to do it with nothing more than a jigsaw 🙂

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  16. Wow your brother’s craft looks amazing! Especially the one with the bullet embed, man’s got talent like no other. I have actually come across Ted’s Woodworking and wanted to buy that for my brother since he’s really into it but, I do have doubts especially if it’s helpful or not. Glad you cleared that up, definitely getting Ted’s book for Christmas 😀

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    • Thanks, Riaz.  I will pass your compliments on to my brother.  I liked the bullet too.  I think he made that as a gift for someone.  The antler was from the deer they shot, and the bullet casing was the actual casing the person shot the deer with.  An elegant idea for a “hunting trophy.”  Thanks again!

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  17. It’s a very thoughtful thing that you shared this article, there are lots 9f scams online that many people as re suffering from and it’s collecting their money without giving them anything in return. Reviews like this are very good and they will make it very clear to you what you do and what not to do.

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    • Thanks, Bolt.  Helping people make informed decisions about the products they buy is a passion of mine, and my goal is to provide thorough, honest information about the good and the bad points of the things I review.

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  18. Hello there, Thank you very for your honest reviews on Ted’s Woodworking. I love that you stated clearly the person and I think this platform is not a scam and very recommended on this platform. Thabk you for making us get the full idea of what we are facing. Great work from the other end of the game.

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    • Thank you, Miraclex.  I appreciate you taking the time to read my article and provide feedback.  I am glad that you found it informative!  Best of luck to you in your future successes!

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  19. I’m really glad there are guys like you out there. Meaning, people that actually care about the truth. People that are not looking for the smallest and most ridiculous incentive just to call something a scam. Or, even worse, people that are not researching stuff at all and writing reviews that basically are just a sale’s pitch. I mean, I can tell, for sure. You’re my kind of guy.

    The review itself is brilliant. Just loved the point on rumor #5. Indeed, 100% original or not, that’s completely irrelevant. 🙂

    Cheers.

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    • Thank you, Matiss.  I really appreciate your feedback.  My passion is helping others, so I must be as unbiased as possible when I write my reviews.  If I lie and try selling things through my reviews, I am hurting people, not helping them.  I would rather never sell a single thing from any of my posts than to have someone buy something that is a scam based on a review that I wrote.  Rest assured, if I think something is a ripoff, I will be the first to tell you to stay away from it!  Thanks again!

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  20. Hi there! It has been a while since I last came by any of your articles. Always a pleasure to hear from you Sir! Thank you for your very honest review on Woodworking! Much appreciated. I really enjoyed going through this one, thanks for recommending this. Really awesome for gift ideas tbh.

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    • Hi Josh.  It has been awhile.  I enjoy reading your responses, as they are always honest and insightful.  I will be publishing more stuff soon, so stay tuned!  I am glad you enjoyed the review of Ted’s Woodworking.  I hope you liked the book.  I am thinking about making that collapsable ban saw basket to give to someone as a Christmas gift.  Thanks again!  Talk to you soon!

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  21. I love woodwork; I create many beautiful things that most never think about. I hardly ever follow any plans unless there are mine. So many ripoffs on the net, just not worth spending the money on. Trim is my love, the cuts are hard, but I get them right; I have the tools and knowledge, but I always review what I am doing on YouTube; it’s free. 

    Wood is not cheap; at the moment, I am working on a unique project. I quoted way under because I want to get my reputation out. So I call it the cost of advertising. Nothing makes my day other than when I am working with wood. I love it, the tools, how you can make a piece of wood look so good.. 

    Teaching my partner’s grandkids how to use the tools and make something is fun and rewarding.

    All the best 

    Joseph

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    • Thank you, Joseph!  Because you are a woodworker with the tools and experience, your comments mean that much more.  One of the things that I found very helpful about the book was all of the information about the various tools and skills used in woodworking.  You are right; wood is expensive.  Ted’s book has a whole section on what to look for when buying lumber!  If trim is your passion, did you see the sections about cutting and shaping?  What did you think?  I found his techniques very helpful and easy to follow.  Thanks again!

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  22. I like your dig on Ted’s Woodworking plans. You did all you can to show us that Ted’s Woodworking plans are not a scam. If it was a scam, then why is this not being investigated or shut down as you’ve explained? That’s the most important and revealing question people should ask before calling it a scam. I’m with you on that. I also like your brother’s work. He has some good woodworking imaginations that turned out to be awesome. I would buy his works. Your works are also good to have as a living room set. I find them useful. If I had those skills and time I would have built me a nice little business. Thanks for the article.

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    • Thanks, John!  I appreciate you taking the time to read and reply to my article.  I am glad you found it helpful and informative.  It is gratifying to see that the “fruits of your labors” (so to speak) have benefited others.  Thanks again!

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