Do you want to learn to build?
Do you want to learn to build better?
Do you want free building plans?
You’re in the right place – Saws on Skates is your source for free building plans and DIY tips that will help you build, and build better!
A Bit About Me
Hey there, I’m Scott – I’m the DIYer behind Saws on Skates. I’m a DIY furniture designer who builds all of my projects in my tiny workshop. All of my tools are mounted on wheels to maximize space in my small shop. Saws on Skates is a wink and a nod to my small, mobile workshop.
At Saws on Skates I have two goals, first is to prove you don’t need a giant workshop to build quality DIY furniture. All of the free furniture plans I share were built in my tiny 10×13 workshop where all of my tools are mounted on wheels. The name “Saws on Skates” is a wink and a nod to my small, mobile workshop.
My second goal is to encourage confidence in those of you who may be DIYing for the first time and provide useful DIY tips for DIYers of any experience level. Finishing pieces is often a challenge for me, so I often share easy paint, stain and finish ideas.
Oh, from time to time you might even find me chatting about my rescued pup, Coco. BTW, she prefers a run to Home Depot over a visit to PetSmart!
Where to Start?
So you want to build some DIY furniture, but you don’t know where to begin? You don’t have to figure it out on your own, I’m here to help you every step of the way. I love building DIY furniture and I want Saws on Skates to be your ultimate resource for free building plans and helpful DIY tips. We’ll do this together!
Many of us want to DIY, but don’t start a project because we’re not confident in our DIY skills. There are many ways to increase our DIY knowledge. In 6 Resources to Help You Supercharge Your DIY Skills I’ve outlined where to find classes, clubs, books and more to help you improve our DIY skills and build our DIY confidence.
Safety and Safety Equipment
Before we pick up any tools we need to think about safety. Read, follow, and understand the safety instructions for your tools. If we don’t understand, we’ll contact the manufacturer or ask a pro. We also need to protect your eyes with safety glasses, your ears with hearing protection and your lungs with a quality respirator.
Tools and Supplies
What types of tools do we need? One quick note about tools. Just like a house or 401k plan, tools are an investment. We should invest in the best ones our budget will allow. For most DIY projects we’ll need a tape measure, miter saw, a cordless drill, a Kreg Jig, pocket screws and an assortment of clamps. More complex plans may require a circular saw, table saw or router.
Setup Your Workspace
OK, now we have our tools, where are we going to work? Don’t say “on the ground”! Building on the ground is literally back breaking work. A folding workbench or a dedicated workbench are great places to work. A miter saw stand and table saw station are great upgrades if we have more room in our workshop.
Most projects start with cutting wood into the parts we’ll need, so we should adjust our saw for perfect cuts every time. We’ll use our Kreg jig for nearly all of our projects, so it’s important to know how to setup and use our Kreg Jig. Using the jig is really to setup and use, but there 9 pocket hole mistakes we don’t want to make.
What People Are Saying
These plans embody an idea I had, but I got ‘stuck’ and could not complete the concept. To me, you are a genius! Thanks for posting this. It is ‘simple, yet elegant’ and more than I had hoped for.
Thanks for sharing your tips on pocket hole joinery. Very useful information.
Great idea, thanks for the step by step instructions too.
Love your style and your practical approach. I totally agree about polyurethane, although I am not really that experienced. Look forward to getting your tips, plans, etc.
Have questions? I want to hear from you! You can send an e-mail to: sawsonskates at gmail dot com