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FREE Woodworking Charts



Q: What is Adobe Acrobat Reader? A: Adobe Acrobat Reader is a computer program that reads our chart and allows you to display and print the information on your particular computer. Adobe Acrobat produces a file type (.pdf) that is compatible with most all computer types, including IBM compatibles using Windows 3.1 and Windows 95, as well as Apple Macintosh with a 68020 or greater processor, or Power Macintosh. You will need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader v.3.0 on your computer to view and print your charts.

Q: Do I have to install Adobe Acrobat Reader on my computer? A: Most new computers are shipped with Adobe Acrobat Reader already installed. Since so many files are now being offered on the internet in Adobe Acrobat format, you'll be able to use this program for many other applicatons. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader v.3.0 installed on your computer, don't worry. It is easy to install, and it is free to download from Adobe. Remember, you only have to install Adobe Acrobat Reader once to be able to use your charts. The instructions for downloading this program is linked from the FREE Charts Page.

Q: Do I need any special fonts installed on my computer? A: No, we've embedded all the fonts required for the plans within the Adobe Acrobat file.

Q: Are the drawings, photos and text all in the same file? A: Yes. No need to have several programs open at once to use the charts. The pages that appear on your computer screen are just like those found on the pages of WOOD magazine. Note: The downloadable plan typically uses a few more pages than the magazine. This is because we've enlarged most of the drawings to make them easier to read on your printed out version.

Q: Will the drawings print clearly using my inexpensive printer? A: Yes. They should print fine using most dot matrix, inkjet, and laser printers. We?ve made the drawings as large as possible, typically filling up the entire 8.5 x 11" page.

Q: Can I use the charts offline? A: Yes. The file is downloaded onto your hard drive or floppy disk to be used whenever or as many times as you like.


My printer won't print the text Try setting the print quality at normal or economy rather than best quality or reduce dpi to 150 rather than 300 dpi. These settings are selected in the printer setup or printer options.

Patterns are not printing full size Make sure your printer is set to print at 100% and that "print to fit" is not checked. These settings are selected in the printer setup or printer options.

HP printers Make sure you are using the latest printer drivers. Printer drivers are available from Hewlett Packard's web site: Printer driver installation instructions are also available at their web site.

I can't save file after it downloads Adobe Acrobat does not have a save function. You must save the file when you download the file. Download the file again, except this time try right-clicking on the download button or link to plan file. A menu window will open. Select "Save target as" or "Save link as" to save the file to your hard drive. Once saved, you can open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Download is interrupted, I can't get the file. Turn off your screen saver and try again. Check your online service time-out settings, they may need to be increased or disabled.


Comments (7)
david_k_hays wrote:

Board foot chart is just a set of pictures of some woods, no chart.

7/10/2012 04:18:04 PM Report Abuse
Wilmot Persaud wrote:

Thanks Wood.These charts would prove useful.It would be great if we can get a list of the number of screws per pound. Thanks. Willy P

3/22/2012 01:36:19 PM Report Abuse
tcollett4 wrote:

Thank you for the information it will come in handy! Thanks Bolynx

3/22/2012 10:11:32 AM Report Abuse
bigbassman37 wrote:

To Woodmagazine & Steve, thanks ever so much for all of the free down loads.

10/21/2011 01:58:36 PM Report Abuse
shasebroock wrote:

Thank You Wood Magazine for these EXCELLENT resources. I printed them all and have them all handy in my shop. Thank you! Steve

7/22/2011 08:17:25 AM Report Abuse
pawpawtip wrote:

just finished downloading all pdf's & charts no problems here thanks wood. pawpawtip

8/12/2010 02:14:44 PM Report Abuse

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