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Teds Woodworking Plans Reviewed 2019

Ted's Woodworking Plans Review

Ted’s Woodworking package makes a big promise. It claims to have 16,000 detailed woodworking plans available with lifetime access for one low price. Is it too good to be true or is this the deal of the century?

Supposedly, Ted’s Woodworking has the world’s largest database of plans. Plus, there’s a long list of bonuses offered at no additional charge that can take you from beginner to expert, provide tips, tricks, and hacks along the way, provide you with software to create your own designs, and even give you step-by-step instructions to turn your woodworking hobby into a business. At the time of publication, the price for all of this (bonuses included) is just $67. In our opinion, that’s a steal.

But, if you’re taking the time to read a review, you probably want a bit more info. You’ll want to know if there really are 16,000 plans, if they’re any good, more about what’s included and if this whole thing is legit or it’s a scam to rip you off. These are all valid concerns, especially with how shady the internet can be, so we’ll go through all of the common questions one by one and share more detail about the package.

About the 16,000 plans

Okay, so we didn’t count one by one to see if there are actually 16,000 plans, but we can confirm that there are thousands. And they span every category you can think of. From billiard tables, rocking horses and document boxes, to dog houses, decks and sheds, literally everything you’ve thought about making out of wood is included.

We particularly love that there are multiple styles for each type of project, and there really are plans that are suited for beginner, intermediate, and advanced woodworkers.

Each of the plans comes complete with five features:

  1. A Cutting and Materials List
  2. Detailed Step-by-Step Instructions
  3. 3-Dimensional Diagrams
  4. High-Quality Photos and Videos
  5. Time and Difficulty Estimates

Let’s take a look at each of these features:

Cutting and Materials List

Each list is laid out in an easy and organized fashion. There are even notes included that provide helpful tips and tricks along the way that Ted has learned from experience. With these lists, you buy only what you need, and you can do it all at once.

This saves you from spending money on materials you don’t need, and it keeps you from making multiple trips to the hardware store or lumber yard.

This feature alone could pay for the cost of this program with just a single project!

Detailed Step-by-Step Instructions

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If you’ve ever tried following other people’s plans before, you might have been left scratching your head, hoping for the best, and then being disappointed when you see that the results of all your hard work and effort, not to mention the expense, resulted in failure.

These plans are different. They’re listed in concrete steps that are clearly written and easy to unde3rstand. There are even several images included so you can see exactly what things are supposed to look like as you progress.

With Ted’s Woodworking, there’s no more guesswork. The step-by-step instructions ensure your success.

3-Dimensional Diagrams

We all know that 2-d diagrams can leave you with lots of questions. You also open yourself up to a lot of mistakes, especially if you are forced to make assumptions or fill in the blanks.

Fortunately, each major step has a 3-d diagram associated with it, so you can follow along and ensure the accuracy of your progress. There are even exploded views to give you accurate views of placement. You’ll know instantly how everything fits together and what it should look like.

Another notable benefit is the inclusion of plans that can be submitted to permit departments for approval. If you’re building a stand-alone structure like a barn, shed, or even a home, there are plans that you can submit to your town’s council that can be approved. No fancy architect required!

High-Quality Photos and Videos

There are visual cues and detailed schematics at every juncture that walk you through the project step by step. It really is like having a master craftsman at your side.

Time and Difficulty Estimates

Knowing how difficult a project is and how long it takes is valuable information, and almost no one shares it! Armed with this data, you’ll know immediately if a project fits your skill level, and you’ll also be able to decide if it fits in your schedule.

Now you can pick only projects that align with your abilities and time constraints. Many of the plans available in Ted’s Woodworking database are one day or less from start to finish.

This saves you from spending money on materials you don’t need, and it keeps you from making multiple trips to the hardware store or lumber yard.

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With Ted’s Woodworking, there’s no more guesswork. The step-by-step instructions ensure your success.

This saves you from spending money on materials you don’t need, and it keeps you from making multiple trips to the hardware store or lumber yard.

At this point, you might be wondering if you can just find these plans online for free or in woodworking magazines. While some of these are available online and in magazines, most of them are not. Plus, let’s not forget the convenience of having ALL of these plans in one single place. We cannot emphasize that enough.

Think about it; what would you prefer?

Choose one of the options below:

  • Having a stack of magazines that you have to sift through every time you want to find a project.
  • Spending hours online looking for the plan you need.
  • Having thousands of plans available in one place digitally and available for printing at your fingertips.

Just about anyone would choose the third option. Admittedly, we’ve all got stacks of magazines lying around with our wish list of future projects, and we love the convenience of the internet to search for whatever we need, but having a massive database of plans at the ready for one low price is pretty neat, too.

It’s like Netflix, but for woodworking plans.

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Plus, have you ever tried building something from a plan you saw in a magazine or a free site? More often than not, the plans are garbage with missing steps and inaccurate info.

Many generic plans also assume you’re already an advanced woodworker, so they can use shorthand or skip vital steps to save space, believing that you’re experienced enough to “fill in the blanks.”  These plans also assume you have access to advanced and expensive tools that you might (and probably don’t) have. Some of the plans were even written incorrectly, so even if you were skilled and followed their instructions to the letter, you could still fail.

The plans in Ted’s Woodworking have all been carefully vetted and curated to match a strict set of quality standards. Again, that makes the $67 well worth the price!

So, regarding the plans themselves, whether you’re a hobbyist, a beginner or a professional, you’ll likely appreciate having this resource available. It really is like having a master craftsman by your side.

Why Is Ted Doing This? Does It Matter?

Every good problem-solving tool has a unique story behind it. There’s typically a reluctant hero that had a problem, had to overcome it, and then shared his new-found knowledge with the world to make it a better place. These archetypes exist everywhere, and Ted McGrath of Ted’s Woodworking is no exception.

Here is Ted’s story:


Ted McGrath’s grandfather built his family home from the ground up, including the furniture, and Ted always had a fascination with the craft. He wanted to be just like his grandfather, but he lacked the natural ability. After a series of embarrassing failed projects, Ted decided to go to school to learn woodworking. He also took design and drafting classes. Along the way, he met a master craftsman who helped him become the artisan he is today. Together, over the course of 20 years, they wrote thousands of plans and created step-by-step blueprints.

And thus, Ted’s Woodworking was born. It’s a vault filled with thousands of plans and resources to guide woodworkers of all skill levels and abilities all over the world improve their skills and get satisfaction from their hobby.

Ted claims that this project is the culmination of 20 years of gathering plans and resources for woodworking enthusiasts of all levels. The big question here is whether this story is real. It seems pretty far-fetched that two people could draw up 16,000 detailed plans even if they had 20 years to do it.

We’re fairly certain that the list is curated from a variety of sources, but at the end of the day, good plans are good plans. As long as someone who knows what they’re looking for provided them, then that’s good enough for us. In fact, we appreciate that the guru or gurus behind Ted’s Woodworking did all the hard work for us, and they provided this resource at pennies on the dollar of what it would cost to go out and find all these plans ourselves.

It’s like a membership site, but without ongoing membership fees.

Here’s where things really get good. Most people are probably already sold on the idea of getting 16,000 detailed plans for just a few bucks that are stored all in one place for easy, at-your-finger-tips access. But we’re just getting started with what’s included for the relatively low one-time fee.

At its core, Ted’s Woodworking is a membership site. But, and this is big, unlike other membership sites, you don’t have to continue to pay to be a part of it. All you do is pay once, and you’re in for life.

In addition to the staggering number of plans, you also get access to all the goodies on the site. This includes:

  • A library of woodworking video tutorials specially curated and categorized
  • An ever-growing library of plans that gets added to every month
  • 24/7 email support
  • All of the plans are available in real time online or downloadable directly to your computer

The Bonuses Sweeten the Deal

Other woodworking packages have already exhausted their value proposition, but Ted McGrath’s offering continues to deliver with bonuses worth several hundred dollars. You’re your one-time fee, here are the other goodies you can expect:

  1. DWG and CAD Plan Viewer CAD software is expensive and hard to use. But, Ted took care of that for you. You don’t have to pay for pricey CAD software. You can use this to edit, modify, and create your own plans. It’s listed as a $47 value, but we believe it’s worth even more.
  • 150 Premium Video Lessons
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You get full access to 150 premium woodworking video lessons hosted by professional woodworkers. The number of video lessons continues to grow, and again, only the best of the best is included in the membership area. This benefit is listed as having a value of $77.

  • How to Start a Woodworking Business Book Admit it. You’ve probably wondered if you could turn this hobby into a side hustle or a legitimate business. Well, now you can. This digital e-book goes through how to do it step-by-step. And, it helps to have all the plans available to provide a breadth of choice to your future clients!
  • Complete Collection of Woodworking Guides You’ll get over 200 pages of woodworking tips and tricks. You’ll learn how to save on material costs, get inside hacks into perfecting your technique, and more. This bonus is listed as having a $37 value.
  • 1 Year of Personal Email Coaching Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, being able to reach out to a guru to get your questions answered is priceless. They’ve listed this bonus as having a $97 value, but we could easily put it at ten times that amount, depending on how much handholding you need.

But, What If I Hate Computers?

We get it. Having to access everything online can be a hassle if you have a slow internet connection or you don’t love technology. Luckily, you can download everything and print it for use in your workshop or on the go.

There’s also a DVD package available if you’d prefer to view everything that way. However, this is an add-on, and you’ll have to pay extra for it. You can get one DVD for $19.95 that includes the plans, or you can get 2 DVDs that has the complete set of bonuses for $29.95.

What’s the Catch?

To be honest, there isn’t one. You pay the $67, and you get immediate access to everything we listed above. But, we should warn you of a few things we discovered along the way. We don’t think that any of these constitute as a deal-breaker, but given that this is an honest and objective review, it wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t disclose everything.

There are three things we encountered that made us think twice about Ted’s Woodworking program, but ultimately, we still think this package is a fantastic deal. We’ll share what we found and explain why we stand by our recommendation.

  1. Does Ted really exist or is he a persona? We strongly suspect that Ted McGrath is a made-up persona. He’s a cool and rugged character, kind of like the Marlboro Man or “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” At first, this left us feeling a bit betrayed, like finding out that Santa Claus doesn’t exist.

But then, logic and reasoning took over and we realized, that not only is this package fantastic, but there’s likely a team of people familiar with woodworking providing the content and support. How’s that for a win?

  • If “Ted” doesn’t exist, where did these plans come from? If you stop and think about it, drafting 16,000 plans yourself (or even with one partner) is pretty unbelievable. Common sense tells us that these plans came from a variety of sources. In our research, we uncovered evidence that some of the plans are available for free online and in magazines, and some came from professional woodworkers. The folks behind Ted’s Woodworking may or may not have purchased the rights to these plans, which gave us pause at first, but then we thought about the following arguments:

A. This program has been around since about 2011 or 2012, so if they were doing anything illegal, they probably would have been shut down by now.

B. Anybody who’s ever followed a cooking recipe knows that some things are in the public domain. Granted, there are a lot of recipes for mashed potatoes, but they’re not protected by copyright law.

  • Can’t I just dig around online and find all of these plans and videos? Maybe. You can find just about everything on the Internet. But let’s be real. Do you know how long you’ll spend digging around for a plan or buying plans piecemeal? Having lifetime access to an entire database for just $67 is an insanely good deal.
  • Do I need to pay extra for the DVD? No, absolutely not. It’s there if you want it. But even the support team at Ted’s Woodworking admits that it’s not necessary. It is helpful if you prefer to look at things on a big screen television and you don’t have a cable that connects your computer, though.

Bottom line: Ted’s Woodworking is truly the world’s largest database of plans. Some plans will apply to you and some won’t, but realistically, it would take you 43 years to complete all of these projects assuming you could do one a day (and many of the plans would take several days to do).

What we love most about this Ted’s Woodworking is that it provides a single place for us to access a wide variety of plans and most of them are more detailed and well-done than anything else out there.

We also love that you get immediate access the second you enter your credit card information. There’s also a 60-day money-back guarantee. The responsive support team will get back to you with answers to your questions, and they do honor the refund policy. You can even keep the downloads if you choose. You would, however, lose access to the members’ area and the updates.

Who’s it for:

  • Complete beginner
  • Amateur with hand tools
  • Seasoned pro
  • Entrepreneurs who want a business opportunity

Who it’s not for:

Someone who only wants one or two plans and that’s it.

Ted's Woodworking Plans Review