Why I Didn’t Buy The 14,000 Woodworking Plans CD For $49.00

In our search for children’s bunk beds, we found the market saturated with site after site serving as a front for a huge woodworking CD. Perhaps you’ve seen it already. They offer 14,000+ plans for $49.00.

While we were impressed with the professional quality of the pictures, we were not woodworking enthusiasts looking for a life-time supply of hobby projects. We were parents with limited resources and woodworking experience, who wanted some sturdy, safe, and affordable bunk beds for our children.

I was unable to get much information on what specific bunk bed plans the CD actually offered. The slide-show of pictures they used looked highly professional, but the exploded views blew me away, and were not the style we were looking for any how.

It’s possible the CD does include plans we would like and could actually build, but we were unwilling to invest 50 dollars to find out. We ended up purchasing another set of plans from a nationally known woodworking magazine, for $10.00. The results were about the same. There were many detailed, professional looking photos and handy tips and techniques, but the project required lots of expensive materials, tools we didn’t own, and the instructions and pictures were overwhelming to a woodworking novice like myself. They seem to think that if they show you a detailed, exploded view, you’ll just somehow get how it’s supposed to be done. Maybe for those with a lot of woodworking experience, but not for us.

We needed a set of plans that guides us step-by-step through each procedure, and shows us a picture of how it’s done. We finally ended up drafting our own, based on pictures of models we liked, and which we thought would be the safest for children. When we were done, we went back, and made our own set of plans that explains everything line-by-line. The results were pleasantly surprising. Not only did the bunk beds look the way we wanted them to, but they were rock solid, and even meet national safety standards for children. I weigh over 200lbs., yet was able to climb all over these things with confidence.

So if you’re a wood-working enthusiast who wants a life-time supply of hobbies, 14,000 woodworking plans for $49.00 might be your best investment. If you’re a parent with limited resources and wood-working experience who wants sturdy, safe, affordable bunk beds for your children, we think you’ll appreciate our plans for only $7.00!

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Searching For Bunk Beds: Why We Settled On These Plans

I wonder if your experience is anything like ours.  Our kids needed bunk beds.  We were on a budget, and I had minimal tools and woodworking experience.  We searched high and low, and went through several phases before finally settling on the bunk bed plans now offered on this site:

First, we tried to find finished bunk beds at local furniture stores. Several places had the style we liked, but we ran into two main problems.  The beds were either sturdy and very expensive (in the $500 – 700 range), or they were affordable ($200 – $350), but flimsy and cheaply made.  The $200 Walmart version was made of thin wood, and there wasn’t even a finished display model we could inspect.  We priced another set for just over $350 at a furniture store, but they were made from cheap materials and the bed was wobbly.  After looking at so many beds, we thought we could probably make our own cheaper, and safer.

Next we looked for used bunk beds on Craigslist. Occasionally people do sell good used bunk beds online, or in thrift stores.  We found a few online, but unfortunately they had already been sold by the time we responded.  About a month after we built our own, the local thrift store had a half-way decent set on display.  If you happen to need bunk beds at the right time, you might get lucky and find a good set of used bunk beds.  We couldn’t wait for an indefinite sale, so we had to move on.

Third, we looked for free plans on line. This was a chore in itself.  While we found many listings for free bunk-beds, most were buried in ad campaigns for actual bunk beds or plans that cost around $10.00 or more.  The few free plans we found were not the style we were looking for, did not have the safety features we desired, and lacked the kind of step-by-step instructions we needed.

Our fourth phase was searching for good plans we could buy: Again and again, we ran into site after site that served as a front for a huge CD that offers 14,000+ woodworking plans.  Maybe you’ve seen it already.  We were impressed with the apparent professional quality of the display pictures.  The problem was, we are not woodworking enthusiasts looking for a life-time variety of hobby projects, but only parents who wanted a set of safe, affordable bunk beds for our children, that we could make with minimal experience and tools.  I was unable to get much information on what specific bunk bed plans the CD actually offered.  While the pictures they did show looked highly professional, the exploded views blew me away, and were not the style we were looking for any how.  Maybe the CD does have something we would like and could actually build, but I was unwilling to hand over 50 bucks to find out.  We ended up buying a set of plans for $10.00, from a nationally known woodworking magazine, and the results were about the same.  There were many detailed, professional looking photos and handy tips and techniques, but the project required a lot of expensive materials, tools we didn’t have, and the instructions and pictures were overwhelming to a woodworking novice like myself.

Finally, we decided to make our own plans. We modeled them after the style we like the most, and that seemed the safest to us for children.  Next we had to figure out ways to make it simple enough to build with common tools.  I don’t have routers, joint cutters, jigs, or even a table saw, and wasn’t about to invest hundreds of dollars just for this one project.  We were forced to come up with plans that we would actually be capable of building with our existing equipment and experience.  The results were pleasantly surprising.  Not only did the beds look the way we wanted, but they met the national standards for bunk bed safety, and they were rock solid!  My only regret is that I didn’t have these plans to begin with.  It would have saved me hours of time, and a lot of money wasted on trial and error.

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Easy To Build Bunk Bed Plans

We started this project with almost no previous wood-working experience, and very limited tools.  The original plans were scribbled on the back-side of an envelope, and were modeled after children’s beds we thought were the safest and sturdiest.  Our limited experience and equipment forced us to come up with a design that could be easily built with basic tools and minimal experience.  We were pleased with the results.  Not only did the beds look the way we wanted, but they were rock solid.  We wish we’d had our now finished plans back when we started this project.  It would have saved us hours of time.

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