Shop Monkey: Monkey Business
How can they offer so much for so little?
First of all, there are only about 6,300 plans on the disc, and many of them were simply repeated -- without explanation. And, about half of the "plans" I looked at were merely measured drawings. Not a word about technique or any project tips. Some woodworkers might be able to build it from a bare-bones drawing, but for most of us, that'd be like trying to drive from Tampa to Des Moines without a road map or GPS unit. It might be fun, but expect to make a lot of wrong turns along the way, and plan to spend twice as much.
Often, it appeared that the CD maker literally ripped plans from woodworking magazines or books and just scanned them, and at such low quality that it was often difficult to make heads or tails out of them. In others, important details -- such as exploded-view drawings and cut lists -- are simply not there. Or they were so poor as to be useless. Others were obviously downloaded from well-known magazine sites, still branded with the name of the magazine or Web site they were taken from.
Finally, I'm going to go way out on a limb and guess that the people assembling these discs haven't actually gone to the sources to get permission to reproduce the plans. The whole idea of someone making money off the hard work of others really doesn't sit right with me.
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