Shop Monkey: Monkey Business
What you can do
The best way to find woodworking plans is to go to the source. Either buy the books or borrow them from the library, subscribe to the magazines, or download the plans from the owner's Web site. Not only will you get the fully detailed, step-by-step instructions, you also support the woodworkers who painstakingly designed the project.
Bottom line: Whether you're buying plans or road-tripping with a GPS, heed that little voice that's guiding you to do the smart thing.
The Shop Monkey (aka Tom Iovino of Tampa, Fla.) blogs prolifically at
If you've received a substandard product for your money, or if the product fails to live up to its promise, your first course of action should be to request a refund. Any reputable seller will provide a clear return policy on their Web site. If you can't find such a policy, nor contact information for the seller, you may have some recourse through your credit card company.
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