I have been aware of “Ted’s woodworking” with his “16,000 woodworking plans” for some time.
From time to time I get emails from people who want to buy an ad on my website to try to sell the plans.
If I have the sense that they are new to advertising, I point out that I don’t take ads for the “16,000 woodworking plans” scam in my initial response, because that’s usually what they are trying to sell.
On review, it’s apparent that Ted’s Woodworking (and woodprix.com) is a clever sort of scam. Basically, whoever it is behind ted’s woodworking and woodprix.com encourages affiliates to sell the plans, paying 75% commission on a $67 “product”.
That sounds very attractive, especially if you believe the claims about conversion rate (percentage of people who buy) on the site.
Enough people believe the get rich hype and sign up as affiliates to try to sell the plans. This creates a huge number of affiliates. Each affiliate, in turn, creates links back to Ted’s Woodworking, which raises Ted’s profile to Google, and makes tedswoodworking.com the second search result on Google (after ads) when searching for “woodworking plans”.
Even affiliates that never sell a single copy help boost Ted’s page on Google. And if you find Ted’s Woodworking using a Google search, Ted doesn’t have to pay anybody a commission.
So even affiliates that never sell a single copy help Ted. I suspect the primary motivation for having affiliates is to boost Ted’s page, rather than generating affiliate sales.
Online Woodworking Programs
That’s the reason I always look online for links on books/guides that are easy to follow step by step and offer the complete plan when I have a project in mind.
I’m aware that I have to pay for it given that I will be able to achieve what I want with lesser building blocks and puzzles to solve.
So when I saw and read posts about the so called package completed from Ted’s woodworking plans boasting a list of 16,000 resources, I was excited. I was like, “Yes! This is going to be helpful for sure!” And I was then sure that I was on the right place at the moment.
Here’s what happened next:
I bought the package on the fly without even thinking much. It sounded awesome, and for the price, it’s a steal! (Well, it seemed to be.)
After getting the book, I set out to go through the whole thing. I was also thinking maybe I’ll find well defined ideas, even not exact with what’s in my mind and somehow some PDF downloadables and links for project diversity will be there.
Well, it indeed had thousands of plans within the package with detailed and massive collection of woodworking projects and videos to boost. But it’s nowhere near 16,000 plans as advertised included in the package.
I watched a couple of woodworking videos and anybody could say it’s not even a video that was properly produced or not even of quality that is at least acceptable.
There was something amiss here. I even remembered seeing some of the plans elsewhere…
I thought to myself, “He couldn’t sell other people’s work, could he?” It’s not legal even on digital media.
That was when I decided to dig deeper to find out exactly what was going on.
Ted’s Woodworking Review – Find Out The Real Truth
The truth was shocking. To shed light and know the truth, read on…
I came across this review where the blog’s owner (another woodworker himself) revealed that all the plans and projects put together in Teds Woodworking plans package were all already publicly available and free to use.
All the videos were also taken from public sources like Youtube.com or Vimeo.com.
Further research revealed that most of his so-called “original woodworking plans” were stolen from this website: http://www.furnitureplans.com & http://www.beesource.com. Just go there and you’ll quickly get to a page where you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Stealing other people’s work is indeed terrible.
The worse thing is that it seems his product was still pretty incredibly popular and so many people promote his website a lot. I’m thinking he must still be generating sales even after the buyers report and complains.
Are those people getting affiliate commission from him? How did he manage to slip through all cracks and fool so many people? This is copyright infringement in broad daylight, if I may say so.
Even the address, contact number, email address were all bogus.
Ted “Woody” Mcgrath
219 Tama Street
Slater, IA 50244
>>>This address never actually existed!
Checkout this site, too: https://www.tedswoodworking.com/new/vsl/
They received 31 complaints, failed to respond to those complaints, and as a result received an “F” (worst grade according to BBB Review)
I felt like a fool, falling for such hype and a mashed up product.
Well, at least I got my money back.
And luckily, you can too:
Is is too good to be true?
Not really. It’s pretty good. It’s not perfect, but it’s good.
Some of the plans are so bad but are included just to beef up the sales pitch of “16,000” plans.
And then some of the plans are great. Some are okay. I’m not surprised it’s not perfect. It’s a massive collection and mishmash of different plans for all kinds of products.
Here’s the mindset you should have if you buy Ted’s Woodworking. Accept the fact you won’t like every plan. In fact, accept you will probably not do 90% or more of them for any number of reasons such as the plans are bad and/or they aren’t projects you wish to build.
BUT, the few plans that you do like and that are decent quality, if you build them, will be make the cost of this digital collection of woodworking plans worth it.
Is Ted’s Woodworking just a bunch of ripped off plans?
Some people online have suggested that Ted’s Woodworking plans are blatantly ripped off from a myriad of sources and put together into a mega digital “plans product”. In other words, they allege Ted’s Woodworking is a massive copyright infringement.
Is Ted’s Woodworking a copyright infringement product (i.e. a scam)?
I don’t know. It’s possible, but I don’t know so I’m not going to speculate. Any digital product could be.
I do know this product has been available for years which means if it was a huge copyright rip off, it seems to me the product would have been shut down by now. Of course, just because the product hasn’t been shut down doesn’t mean there isn’t copyright infringement… but I frankly can’t say one way or another.
It’s very possible Ted obtained a license to sell each plan and/or the plans are in public domain and/or Ted came up with some of the plans. I have no idea, but I never investigated with a fine-toothed comb either (who has time for that)?
Who should buy Ted’s Woodworking?
This is for people who like DIY projects. Most of the plans are labeled “beginner”, “intermediate” or “advanced” which is helpful.
Even if you’ve never built anything or done any woodworking, this is a pretty good set of plans to get going with because there are beginner projects included.
You can build all kinds of stuff for your home. See the list of plan categories below.
At the end of the day, if you do the odd DIY project or dabble in woodworking, this is a decent set of plans to have in your inventory.
I haven’t counted to see if there are 16,000 plans, but I confirm there are a lot of them.
Fortunately they are well organized so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.
1. Step-By-Step Instructions
You get detailed projects with step by step, A to Z instructions that makes building projects super fast, super easy and super fun.
With the simple “hold-you-by-the hand” instructions, you can complete woodworking projects in the small fraction of the time it currently takes you.
It’s like having a MASTER woodworker, by your side, guiding you through the entire project
2. Cutting & Materials List
You get exact cutting and materials list for every project.
You will be able to buy exact amounts which means you’ll stop wasting your hard earned cash on wrong wood, wrong materials or the wrong quantity.
It saves time and cuts down waste. It saves money. You’ll spend more time building, less time fretting.