Shop Monkey: Monkey Business
Ever been tempted by a Web-site offer of 14,000 woodworking plans for a ridiculously low price? The Shop Monkey bit on one of those offers and shares his experience.
I love family vacations. My wife and sons and I talk about the adventures we'll experience when we get to our destination. To make the most of our travel time, we sometimes enlist a trip planner to give us turn-by-turn directions and include suggestions for interesting side trips and attractions.
In the same way, I appreciate the help offered in woodworking plans, which serve as a road map for completing a project and offer tips for getting the best results. So, when I stumbled across a Web site offering me more than 14,000 plans for $49, well... they had my attention! Skeptical, but curious, I took a deep breath and ponied up the money to see what 50 bucks would get me.
The site was nice, but downloading all of those plans was going to choke my Internet bandwidth. For an extra $10, the site said, I could get a CD of the plans mailed to my home. So I did.
When the CD arrived, I popped it into my computer and found an impressive list of folders with PDF plans thoughtfully categorized by project types. Bedroom sets. Workshop stuff. Outdoor projects. The works. Each folder was chock-full of plans. They even threw in software so I could read and print the plans without having to download anything.
Great deal, right?
Not so fast.