Welcome to Absolutely Free Plans, an index of free plans available online.

Free plans have a tendency to disappear so it is a good idea to print out any plans you expect to be using in the future.

Sometimes it is possible to find a plan on a dead link by deleting the end of the URL back to the home page where it ends at ".com" and locating a new link from there.

For more information or to comment about a particular plan please contact the owner of the page you found it on.


Boat Plans

Free plans to build boats.

Clip Art

Designs to use as patterns for your projects

Indoor Projects

Projects for inside the home.

Kid's Toys and Furniture

Projects to build for and with children

Outdoor Projects

Projects for outside the home.

Workbenches and Router Tables

Plans for Router Tables, Tool Boxes and Workbenches

Workshop Projects & Info

Plans and information for your workshop.


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Sizes available to fit stock frames, printed on heavy weight, acid free parchment paper.

sailboat patent drawing
Frame for illustration only

This is an example from our nautical category, many others to choose from such as, photography, tools, steam engines and farm implements, something for everybody!

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Visit our Sister Site for a Selection of Vintage Plans

Vintage Internet Plans is a collection of free Mission Style furniture plans taken from publications dating back to the late 1800's, many of these may well have been the working drawings of projects that survived to become today's sought after collectibles. Mission Style Furniture is a design style that grew out of the Arts & Craft Movement. Called Mission because of its exposed construction, simple lines, rectilinear style, and use of plain materials such as oak, leather and canvas.


Found at our sister sites, Sawdust Making 101 and Doit101.com

wood lathe

A Course in Wood Turning - Online Reprint

Wood turning has had a definite place in the commercial world for a great many years. It is used in various forms in making furniture and furniture parts, building trim, tool parts, toys, athletic paraphernalia and many other useful and beautiful articles in common use.

This book was written in 1919 as a school text book to be used in shop classes, great way to learn the basics.

workbench drawing
Carpentry For Boys by J.S. Zerme, M.E. - Online Reprint

A 1914 book which treats, in a most practical and fascinating manner all subjects pertaining to the "King of Trades"; showing the care and use of tools; drawing; designing; and the laying out of work. The principles involved in the building of various kinds of structures, and the rudiments of architecture. It contains over two hundred and fifty illustrations made especially for this work, and includes also a complete glossary of the technical terms used in the art. The most comprehensive volume on this subject ever published for boys.
Note: By "boys" he refers to apprentices.


The Steel Square and Its Uses - Online Reprint

There is nothing of more importance to a young man who is learning the business of house-joinery and carpentry, than that he should make himself thoroughly conversant with the capabilities of the tools he employs. It may be that, in some of the rules shown in this work, the result could be attained much readier with other aids than the square; but the progressive mechanic will not rest satisfied with one method of performing operations when others are within his reach.



There are a lot of videos that can be best described as having bad information out there,
I have decided to list some I have found to contain good sound content.

Make an accurate box joint jig, simple and fast

Setting up a Bandsaw by Alex Snodgrass