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The Journey of Creating Woodworking Plans: Creating and Selling Digital Plans

Updated: Feb 3, 2023

Have you ever considered turning your passion for woodworking into a business? One great way to do this is by creating woodworking plans to sell. And what better project to start with than a functional and stylish Tote Storage Rack as an example? I will take you through my journey on this process.


Check out Hilltop Sierra TIKTOK for the video series that goes along with this blog.


Step 1: Ideation The first step in creating your woodworking plans is to come up with an idea. Consider what features you want to include, such as the size, number of compartments, and type of wood used. Also consider functionality and how that might change overtime.


Step 2: Research Once you have your idea, it’s time to do some research. Look for similar products on the market, and see what features they offer. Consider what makes your product unique and how you can improve upon the design. Consider cost, availability of materials, and knowledge and/or skills required by the end-user.





Step 3: Prototype Creation Now it’s time to get your hands dirty and create a prototype of your product. This will give you a better understanding of the construction process, as well as allow you to make any necessary changes to the design. Making a model of the project will help you understand the construction process from a different viewpoint, which will add valuable content to your plans. I recommend using Sketch Up or Fusion 360.


Step 4: Refinement Once you’ve created your prototype, take a step back and evaluate it. What works well and what doesn’t? Make any necessary changes to the design and construction process to ensure that the final product will be functional and aesthetically pleasing. Think about the end-user buying the materials, what tools are commonly found in home workshops.


Step 5: Documentation With your product completed, it’s time to document the process. Start by

taking detailed photos of each step, and then create step-by-step instructions with illustrations. Make sure your instructions are easy to follow and include all the necessary information, such as the materials and tools needed. Start with something that you are familiar with, word document or PowerPoint.


Step 6: Marketing and Sales Finally, it’s time to market and sell your woodworking plans. Share your plans on social media, reach out to your network, and consider selling your plans on platforms like Etsy or your own website.


Creating and selling woodworking plans can be a rewarding and lucrative venture. With a little bit of creativity, effort, and patience, you can turn your passion for woodworking into a successful business. Good luck!"

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