Designer Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get paid for the plans I sell?

We offer the following means for receiving payment for the plans you sell on the site:

  • Paper Check:
    We send you a standard paper check made out in the name of the person registered on the account. In order to use this payment method, you must provide us with a mailing address to which the check will be sent.
  • Electronic Transfer:
    We send an electronic payment to your bank account using Automated Clearing House (ACH).

    This method is similar to how employers pay employees via direct deposit. To use this method, you must provide us with the following banking information: name on account, routing number, and account number.

    We understand this information is sensitive and personal. We take appropriate technical measures to keep your data safe, including encrypting data during transmission and storage to prevent unauthorized use.

  • PayPal Payment:

    We send payment to your PayPal account. To use this method, you must provide us with the email address under which your PayPal account is registered. Payments are sent to you as a business providing goods and services; therefore, PayPal will charge you standard fees to receive the payment.


IRS W-9 Form

If you are a U.S. resident and earn over $600 selling plans within a calendar year, you will be required to fill out a W-9 form before we can disburse funds over $600. See the Why a W-9 question listed below for details.

Please read What do you do with my confidential information? for details on how we protect your data.

Why a W-9, eBay doesn't ask for one?

  • A W-9 is only required for U.S. residents that expect to sell more than $600 in a single calendar year.
  • Since we handle the buyer transaction independently from paying the seller, and we also handle the associated fees, the seller is considered by the IRS to be a vendor of Sawtooth Ideas. According to the IRS, any vendor must be given a 1099 at the end of the year if they have been paid more than $600 during that year. In order to deliver a 1099, we must collect a W-9 form from the seller.
  • If you are not sure whether you will receive $600 in a year and would prefer to wait and see, then you may skip entering the W-9 form at this time. We will remind you to enter the W-9 as your sales approach $600. However, be aware that we will not be able to disburse any funds to you in excess of $600 until we receive your W-9 form.
  • You may submit a W-9 form either from your account page or via the fax number listed on your account page. Any W-9 forms submitted to the website are encrypted during transmission using 256-bit TLS/SSL. W-9 files are subsequently removed from our web servers for further protection.

What do you do with my confidential information?

  • Personal Information:
    We will not sell or otherwise distribute your email or any other personal information about you.
  • Password:
    We do not store your password. We use an encryption technique called hashing and salting. This technique allows us to authenticate you without ever being able to retrieve the original password you provided to us.
  • Credit Card:
    We do not transmit or store any credit card information on our website. Credit card information is transmitted directly from your web browser to our PCI compliant payment gateway provider Authorize.net. More merchants trust Authorize.Net than any other payment gateway to manage their payment transactions securely. Authorize.net is a solution of CyberSource Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Visa.
  • IRS W-9 Form

    If you are a U.S. resident and earn over $600 selling plans within a calendar year, you will be required to fill out a W-9 form before we can disburse funds over $600. This is a requirement of the IRS. Read Why a W-9?

    You may submit a W-9 form either from your account page or via the fax number listed on your account page. Any W-9 forms submitted to the website are encrypted during transmission using 256-bit TLS/SSL. W-9 files are subsequently removed from our web servers for further protection.

  • Electronic Transfer

    We provide a means for sellers to be paid via electronic transfer to a bank account. We understand this information is sensitive. We take appropriate technical measures to keep your data safe, including encrypting data during transmission and storage to prevent unauthorized use.

    We also provide other means for getting paid, such as via physical check or PayPal account.

Please read our privacy policy for additional details.

Why 30%, Etsy only charges me 3.5%?

We offer the following things that you do not get on Etsy:

  • We have a dedicated woodworking audience who are looking for woodworking plans
  • We cover all credit card processing fees for purchases made through this site.
  • There are no listing fees for posting individual plans for sale on our site.
  • We review the posted plans for quality to enhance the buyer’s experience.
  • We make it easy to find and purchase woodworking plans by making it easy to browse products by type and presenting project information in an easily readable format.
  • In the near future, we will be providing software tools to make it easier to create and use woodworking plans.

What is your review process?

We review your plan for primary 2 things:

  • We verify that a buyer can successfully finish your project with the information that you have provided.
  • We review your plan for copyrighted material. We cannot allow anyone to post a plan that contains copyrighted material that they do not have ownership of or a license to distribute.

What constitutes a "good" plan?

Depending on the type of woodworking project the contents of a good plan may widely vary. For example, a segmented bowl project may require different content than an Intarsia project or a carving. However, there are some things that you should consider in every project:

  • An exploded diagram that shows all the parts and how they fit together.
  • Dimension information for individual pieces.
  • A materials list (it can be helpful to include vendor information for specialty items like hardware).
  • A cutting diagram (how you might cut the individual pieces out of a piece of wood to minimize waste).
  • Step-by-step instructions. Photos or illustrations of intermediate steps can be very helpful.
  • Safety or construction tips.

How do you protect against copyrighted material?

We use two techniques to identify copyrighted material:

  • We review each plan for anything that appears to be copyrighted, and we do searches for similar items on the Internet.
  • We allow any person on our website to "report a problem" with a plan. If a visitor sees something that is copyrighted, they can report it through the "report a problem" link on each plan, which will initiate an investigation by our staff.

How can you help me protect my plan from being pirated?

  • Piracy violates our terms of use and a pirating user will be banned from our site as soon as a violation is discovered.
  • While we attempt to protect your rights through licensing requirements, the printable nature of plans makes it difficult to stop someone intent on pirating your content.
  • You may request to upload your PDF plan with password protection. If you do, then we will distribute the password along with the PDF file to anyone who has purchased it. This offers some protection, but the buyer can still distribute the password with the PDF file.
  • In the near future, we will be releasing software that will make it easier to create and use plans. This software will ensure that the digital copy of the plan is protected even after it has been purchased. It will still be possible for someone to distribute printed copies of the plan, but this is the best technique we have identified to protect your intellectual property.

How do you handle commercial builders and those who want to build things for sale?

We are adding text to the plan detail page that explains that purchased plans are for personal use only (limited to the construction of 10 items). If you are interested in selling plans for commercial use, please contact us. We will provide you with a means to do so.

Do I need to use CAD/Sketchup to make my plans?

  • No, you only need to create a PDF file of your plan to post it for sale.
  • Later when our software is available to help you create plans then you can either use Sketchup or any CAD program capable of creating a Collada (DAE) file to use our software.