Unless you design your own woodworking patterns and plans, one of the first things you will need when starting a new woodworking project is a pattern or plan to follow. In today’s economy we look for ways to cut costs when we can and a free pattern or plan is a great way to do that while creating fine woodworking projects. And thankfully there are thousands of free woodworking patterns and plans in public domain.
“Public domain” woodworking patterns and plans are those which are no longer protected by copyrights because the copyright has expired. They have no restrictions attached. Any plan that requires payment is not in the public domain and cannot be redistributed. Commercial use of copyrighted plans is considered to be an actionable offense. So before using free patterns and plans be sure to check the status of the copyright.
Anyone can use the woodworking patterns and plans from the public domain in any way they choose. Some believe the best plans can be found in the public domain while others think they have more errors and are more difficult to understand than the ones you buy. Therefore when using woodworking patterns or plans from the public domain, it is important that you carefully check them over before you start. It’s a good idea to read the whole plan for step by step instructions, diagrams and drawings, making sure you understand everything first. Remember the saying “measure twice, cut once”. That’s good advice.
The good things about woodworking public domain are that there are so many woodworking patterns and plans available, endless different types and styles and best of all they’re free. So gather as many plans from the public domain as you can and go forth creating fine woodworking projects and spreading happiness along the way.