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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Several Firsts


This was the first motorcycle I done. The plans come from http://www.woodcraftplans.com/osc/ . The bottom picture was taken while it was till in progress. I doublt I'll ever do another one just like it for several reasons. After doing the "Rocking Roarer" motorcycle, I like it better, it sells better, and it's just simply easier to build.
Being a motorcycle was not the only first that this plan was a part of.
While doing the gas tank and seat on this, I learned about compound cutting. I had never done anything like that before. Actually, with my limited experience at the time, I would have never have even imagined doing something like that.
This was also te first plans I'd ever bought. Before doign this project, I used to thumb though magazines and surf the net for ideas. Then I'd get in the shop and design something myself from the ideas I'd gotten. Well, I'd been eyeing this project for some time. I felt there was no way I could design anything close to it myself. So, I bought the plans. I found out that plans are worth multiple times the price you actually give for them. Actually, they save you money. I can't tell you how many times I have started designing a piece, only for things not to work out and me wind up with a bunch of scrap wood and an idea on how to start over from scratch. With plans, you are working with a design that's already been tested. While I don't complain about the experience I got before, plans have opened up a whole new world for me and really took my wood work to the next two or three levels.
So if you plan on doing woodwork, I urge you to go ahead and fork over the extra few dollars and buy yourself some good quality plans for whatever it is you want to build. Trust me. It will pay off in the end.

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