How to build a shed

Understanding Blueprints

Written By: Bob - Apr• 01•12

Understanding Blueprints for DIY Woodworking Projects

garden shed plansFor most beginner woodworkers, do-it-yourself shed plans can be a bewildering initiation to the rewarding world of woodworking. Lines, symbols and notes are all displayed on the blueprint, all of which must be understood before actual construction of the woodworking project can begin. Yes, even with step-by-step instructions in print and on video, understanding the blueprints for the garden shed plans is a must simply because these are the heart and soul of the woodworking projects.

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What to Look for

When looking at the blueprints for DIY woodworking projects, you obviously want to look for easy-to-read and easy-to-follow blueprints for shed plans especially when you are a beginner. Otherwise, you can end up with a structure or furniture with little to no functional value, which is not exactly what you intended for something as practical as a garden shed.

Fancy symbols, copious construction notes and confusing lines all contribute to too many otherwise excellent garden shed plans being abandoned in favor of other simpler plans. After all, the finished product as depicted on the photos looks good but when you have difficulties reading its blueprint, you will most likely not bother at all.

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What to Learn

With that being said, you must learn the basics of reading blueprints of DIY woodworking projects. These basics include reading the lines and knowing the symbols, which will then be followed by determining which construction notes are of primary importance and which are of secondary value. You will then be able to tie up the lines, symbols and notes on shed plans in a way that makes the blueprints come alive in your mind, so to speak – sort of a three-dimensional picture in your brain.

Let’s start with the interpretation of the blueprint lines, of which the most common are:

  • Solid lines represent an object’s visible outline. For example, the point where the edge of a concrete wall meets the floor is indicated by a solid line.
  • Broken lines show hidden objects. For example, where the basement slab conceals the footing below, a broken line will show the structure’s shape.
  • Centerlines are indicated by the letter “C”, which are used to establish the central point of a specific area. For example, a window can be indicated by a letter “C” with a broken line drawn perpendicular to the wall.
  • Section lines show the specific aspect of the garden shed in cross section. In shed plans, these lines show the part where the structure is sliced, in a manner of speaking, which will then show its inner view.
  • Break lines represent the shortened views of the shed.
  • Leader lines point out the specific measurements and/or notes on the side of the blueprint.

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Keep in mind that blueprints also provide for dimensions and distances between set points in the garden shed. For example, the distance between two walls is measured at 10 feet, which will be reflected as 10’-0” on the blueprint.

Then there are the utility symbols. These standard symbols show the placements of the heating, plumbing and electrical components of the garden shed or tool shed. Be sure to study where each component is positioned in relation to the others primarily because of safety issues.

In the end, your ability to read and understand the shed plans and their blueprints will pave the way toward a better understanding of the text and video instructions. So, take the time to learn the lines, symbols and notes on these plans and you will be well rewarded with excellent structures.

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