General Information and FAQ
What is payloadz.com?
A. All plans on derekhugger.com are sold though Payloadz via PayPal. PayLoadz is a service website designed specifically for selling downloadable digital files. Conventional online stores notify the seller once an order has been placed. The seller then has to send the product to the buyer. This can take time, and the buyer has to wait. PayLoadz solves this problem, bypassing the interim step of contacting the seller, allowing the buyer to download the product immediately after purchase.
Q. When I buy plans, how soon will I receive them?
A. Using PayLoadz and PayPal is fast. As soon as payment is received, an email is sent from PayLoadz with a download link.
Q. Why do you sell only digital files? Why not sell paper copies?
A. I've decided to sell the plans as digital downloads for several reasons. First, there's no waiting. As soon as the plans are purchased, the buyer receives an automated email with a link to the files. Second, there are no shipping costs. Next, less paper is waisted. Although some people prefer to print the entire set of plans, others only print the wood patterns. People who use CNC machines to cut the wood parts don't need to print anything at all. And, for those people who need DXF files for their CNC machines, a paper copy of the plans is simply unnecessary. What it comes down to is that distributing the files digitally rather than on paper is cheaper, faster, and greener.
Q. On the Store page, each plan set has a revision level. What do those letters mean?
A. The revision level is essentially the "version" of the plans. The first letter represents the version of the standard that is universal across all plans on this site. For example, the first letter of all plans became "A" when they were all updated to include DXF files. The second letter represents the version of that individual plan set. If the second letter of a revision is "A," it is that plan set's initial release. If the second letter is any other letter, that plan set has received updates. Every plan set comes with a document outlining its revision history, including details about what changed in each revision. Revision history for each project can also be viewed online by clicking the revision letters on the Store page.
Q. I purchased plans and downloaded the file, but I cannot open it. What's wrong?
A. The file you received is a .zip file, which is a standard file format. Make sure to download it to a Mac or PC. Do not use a tablet or smartphone to download the plans, as these devices typically do not know how to open .zip files.
Q. I have plans with a revision that's older than what is currently shown on the Store page. Can I get an updated set of plans?
A. Yes. Contact me using the same email address you used to purchase the plans, and I will send you a new download link.
Units and Scale
Q. What is the physical size of each project?
A. At the bottom of each project's webpage, there is a black and white line drawing that shows that project's overall dimensions.
Q. Are the plans available in just 8.5" x 11" paper size (no 11" x 17")? Can I just print the larger parts on 8.5" x 11" paper?
A. Unfortunately no. Due to the nature of many of the larger parts (important hole placements, center of gravity, etc.) it is highly recommended that they be printed to scale on a single sheet of paper. Most stores that make copies such as Staples or FedEx Office can make 11x17 copies. Be sure to tell ask them to print at 100% scale and DO NOT use the "Fit to Page" or "Scale to Fit" option.
Q. What units do the plans use, SAE or Metric system?
A. SAE. Although I much prefer Metric, being in the United States, SAE components are much easier for me to find. Though I do not offer Metric plans, I have been told by several builders in Europe and Australia that converting the plans and adapting the designs to Metric was fairly straightforward for them.
Q. My parts don't align right. The sizes look off. What's wrong?
A. Make sure to always print the patterns at 100% scale. Never use the "Scale to Fit" or "Fit to Page" option when printing the patterns.
Q. What types of tools do I need for these projects?
A. Just below “buy plans” at the bottom of each project page, there is a “sample plans” link. Lists of required and recommended tools can be found in all project plan samples. Plan samples also list all required off-the-shelf parts.
Q. Are kits available?
A. No. Though it would be great to offer them, I do not have the tools or resources to make and keep the inventory of parts required for my projects. For now and for the foreseeable future, plans are the way to go.
Q. Are the projects on this site difficult to make?
A. I strive to make my plans as easy to follow, clear, and concise as I can, so it is my hope that although a project may be time consuming, it is not necessarily difficult. The true key to a woodworking project is patience, time, and attention to detail. To get an idea for the complexity of each project, click the "sample plans" button. Sample plans are available at the bottom of each project page. These free PDF files list all the tools you will need, list all the required hardware, and have samples of patterns and assembly instructions.
Q. Plans include part numbers for off-the-shelf components, like fasteners and metal tubes. What suppliers do the part numbers reference?
A. Though a handful of components reference Amazon and Stock Drive, most reference part numbers from McMaster Carr.
Note that McMaster no longer ships internationally, so these part numbers are only relevant to people living in the United States.