Free workshop tools plans

In this section of our website you can find free plans for the workshop hand tools and machines that you can make by yourself. We tried to offer you the plans for tools that are simple enough so you could make it by yourself without big investments, and at the same time, these tools will be a great help when working in the workshop.

Anyone who has tried to make or repair something, quickly realized that it is practically impossible to do that work without the appropriate, quality tools. Tools are here to make our work easier and allow us to do our work quicker and better. Without the proper tool or machine, and without the knowledge on how they operate, do not even try to do any kind of work, because you will either get injured or spend much more time in doing some work, and what the worst thing is that you will probably do it wrong.

You do not have to spend a fortune to achieve good results in your work – instead of buying some tools and machines, think about making it yourself and enjoy the result. The quality of your work depends mainly on your experience and skills, but also on the quality of materials, tools and machines that you use. It is not enough just to have a good machine for the excellent work result without the skilled hands that will use them.

Drill press vise plan Wooden Mallet plan Trammel (beam compass) plan
Drill press vise plan Wooden mallet plan Trammel (Beam compass) plan
     
Sheet metal bench shear Try square plan Contour gauge plan
Sheet metal bench shear plan Try square plan Contour gauge plan

This category of our site contains a variety of DIY plans on how to make different kinds of tools and machines. In this category you can find plans with the tools dimensions and directions for their construction, and if you are interested in the proper use of tools, you can visit our category HAND TOOLS AND USE, or download and read some of the books from our category FREE TECHNICAL BOOKS.

Tools are one of the most important factors in the work of each craftsman, and the choice of tools and machines which you will own and use should be given a great consideration. It is not important only to have as much different types of tools as you can get in your workshop - their quality is also a thing that matters.

There is an old proverb that has a lot of truth in it: “A bad craftsman always complains of his tools. A good craftsman can use anything.”

Of course, almost none of the good craftsman will allow himself to use bad tools or not maintaining his tools regularly, because they are his basic instruments of work, so the purchase or manufacture of high-quality tools and care for them are the basic necessities of a good craftsman.

We can say that the quality of some craftsman work can be pre-estimated by the condition of his tools. The workshop does not have to be equipped with expensive tools or tools that are nice to look upon - a good craftsman is recognized for maintaining his tools in perfect condition.

Every good craftsman knows that the most important fact is not to own the most expensive tools, but the fact if that tools are functioning properly, if the cutting edges are sharp, the material out of which tool is made is appropriate and quality, and the handle of the tool has an ergonomic shape.

Wooden drawing board project plan Bevel square plan Cutting gauge plan
Wooden drafting board plan Bevel square plan Cutting gauge plan
     
Sliding bevel square plan Wooden marking gauge plan Panel Gauge plan
Sliding bevel square plan Marking gauge plan Panel gauge plan

 Each beginner should know that being a good craftsman does not mean just to own a set of expensive tools, but to go through a good practice in using tools, proper use of tools and then training of the acquired knowledge. - ”Practice makes perfect!”

Beginners should only purchase machines and tools that are enough for their initial steps. With the improvement of their skills in the workshop, they should buy tools that they feel the need for. Each craftsman has its own individual working methods, and in accordance with it, they supply their workshop. It is often the case, that one tool really helps and saves the time for one craftsman, while it is completely useless for the other one. Therefore, do not listen to dealers advises on what to buy. Their job is to sell as much as possible. You need to know exactly what do you need and why do you need it. A properly equipped workshop does not have any tools that are not in use.

While working, you will often require some specific tools that you can not buy, so you will either have to make it, or you will have to improvise. A special tool manufacture requires knowledge and time, and you should think twice about whether it is worth to make it.

If you are involved in carpentry or some other craft, it is not important to buy all the tools, power tools or machines at once, or to have a large space where your workshop will be – rather think carefully about which tools and machines you need the most, and you will purchase other tools in time, from the earnings that you will get by selling your products. If you are buying equipment for your workshop in order to earn money from this work, make decision about each investment based on expectation if it will bring you more money than it was invested in.

Mortise gauge plan - Locking screw version Mortise gauge plan - Wedge version Standing press plan
Mortise gauge plan - Locking screw version Mortise gauge plan - Wedge version Standing press plan
     
Engraving vice plan Shaving horse plan Mitre, 30 and 60 degrees gauge plans
Engraving vice plan Shaving horse plan Mitre/miter (45 degree), 30 and 60 degrees gauge plans
     
Sanding block plan Engineer sliding T bevel plan Center square and center line finder
Sanding block plan Engineer's sliding T bevel plan Center square and center line finder plans
     
Saw handle templates    
Saw handle templates    

As it is previously mentioned, you should have the high-quality tools, but this does not mean that you will have to buy the most expensive tools on the market. The most expensive tools in the fancy-shops are not always the best choice. On the other hand, do not buy cheap tool kits designed for amateurs either, because they are not the quality tools. With these tools you will do a few jobs and they will break up or deform, because the steel for their manufacture often does not undergo the appropriate heat treatment.

Ask around about who are the dealers that sell quality tools at a reasonable price. If you can, consult with the colleagues on where they have bought their tools and are they satisfied with it, or buy only from respectable tool dealers, who focus not only on earnings, but also on the reputation on the market.

The price of a high-quality tool does not vary much depending on the manufacturer.

Tools should be well maintained and should not be allowed to rust - this way they will quickly become unusable. Pay special attention if the tools are not used daily.

Oil the tools that you are not using often after each use, and always put them back on their place.

A special attention should be paid to the cutting tools. Their cutting edges must be sharp, because you cannot do quality work with a dull cutting tool. Sharpening some tool can be tedious, but if you sharpen it regularly - as soon as you notice that it is dull - the procedure will come quite easier, than when you wait and need to sharpen a lot of them at once.

Hand tools will always be present and necessary in the workshops, because the investment in specific machinery that could replace hand tool for the manufacture of  individual objects or small series of products is often not worthwhile. In the small workshops, those specific machines will not be fully employed, which is necessary if you want these machines to be profitable. Another reason for the hand tools endurance lies in the fact that each beginner has to master the tools and techniques of work in order to become a skilled craftsman. If the machines work instead of him, that is no longer a craft, but the industry. One more reason for the survival of hand tools is the fact that top craftsmen leave their personal mark on their work and each object they manufacture is unique. This can not be achieved with the machines.    
       
If your workshop someday grows into a serious and mass production facility and the power tools, machines and cordless tools become necessary, save your collection of hand tools as a decoration and memory of the beginning of your business.

Rules:
-    the tool is useless if you can not find it. Keep your workspace organized and hold each tool in its place in the workshop,
-    keep the tools in good condition. Protect your tools from rust and keep them sharpened,
-    use each tool only for the intended work,
-    always keep tools at hand, but take care so they cannot fall on the floor or machine,
-    do not use damaged tools,
-    Whether you use hand tools, power tools or machines, at first learn about how the tool is used properly and study all aspects of the safe use.