Hey there! My name is Jack and I run HowToSpecialist. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about me and my projects. I will update this list as you send more questions!



Are your plans printable?

All articles are printable, but only on the desktop version. If you are browsing the site using your tablet or mobile phone, I recommend you to switch to the laptop of desktop. In order to print the plans, first make sure you are on the exact plan you want to print/save. Next, use the top floating button on the left side of the screen. The red PRINT button has a printer as icon (notice the arrow).



When are new projects posted on the site?

When I first started this blog, back in 2011, I used to write articles almost everyday. I was so passionate about sharing my ideas that as soon as I had a sketch I hit the PUBLISH button. Afterwards, I learnt how to use Sketchup and I started designing my own plans. Now, I have decided to spend more time on the projects and focus more on quality rather than on quantity. That is why I try to post a new project tutorial, that includes plans and detailed pictures, every week, usually on Sunday, or at least free plans.


What software do you use to create the plans?

I use Sketchup.


Do you make custom plans?

I really like receiving feedback from my readers so I encourage you to share your ideas with me. However, it is impossible to create plans for any size out there, so I hope you understand if sometimes I cannot help you. However, I add the best suggestions to my to-do list.


Can I build projects using your plans and sell them?

YES! Nothing compares to the feeling I get when I see your projects built using my plans! If you can make a few bucks using my plans, that’s even better! My main goal with HowToSpecialist is to help others and make a difference in the world! Don’t forget to show me a few pics with the projects by sending them HERE!


What tools do I need for building projects?

Generally speaking, if you are a beginner to woodworking and you just want to test the waters, you can get the basic tools you need under 150 $: a drill, a circular saw and an orbital sander. With these tools you can build most of my projects, as you will be able to cut the components, drill holes and insert screws, and finish the projects. The other tools I recommend are basically improved or specialized versions that will give you more accuracy and help you save time. See what tools I use and my recommendations HERE.


Who is running HowToSpecialist?

My name is Jack Sander. Well… not exactly. Jack is my alter ego, the pen name I use online. I hope you don’t get offended when you read this, as I just value my privacy too much to reveal my real name (the pictures of me are real, though).

I am not trying to become an online celebrity nor a pubic figure, I just want to be the idealist that puts all his passion into making the world a better place and gets no credit for the effort. That is why I will keep all my plans free for an indefinite period of time. I answer personally all the questions and try to help you as much as I can, so feel free to send me emails.

I do not expect any thank-you emails, as the greatest satisfaction I can get is you saving money or you discovering the joys of making DIY projects!


Is HowToSpecialist your full time gig?

No. This site only makes enough money so I can pay the hosting and the other expenses. In addition, I invest the rest of the money into buying materials for new projects, as well as upgrading my tools. That is why I have other income streams so I can support my family and my other hobbies.


Have you considered making project videos?

Yes, I have, but I won’t do it just to join this “youtube maker movement” train or to make a few more bucks. I will record my DIY projects when I feel this is the right creative direction for me and when I can truly add more value for my readers.


How can I support HowToSpecialist?

If you like my work you can support me in a few ways. First of all, I would appreciate you to like and share my work on the social media networks (Facebook, Google +, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest). Secondly, you should send me a few pics with the projects once you are done building!

Furthermore, you can buy something from Amazon and I will get a small commission for the referral. Follow the link for my tool recommendations!


Where can I follow HowToSpecialist on social media?



Thank you for keeping HowToSpecialist alive,

Jack Sander