If you engage in woodworking because it’s how you earn your living, then it’s imperative for you to save as much money as possible without compromising the quality of your finished products. The same goes if working with wood is a hobby – you wouldn’t want it to eat a large chunk of your finances. A work area where you can work with wood, some power tools, and maintenance can add up to thousands of dollars. Add the expenses of high-quality wood.
So how can you save money when woodworking? Here are five tips that can help you with that:
1. Look for scraps of recycled wood. There are many places where you can do that – in your attic, in a dumpster site, or in a junkshop. (Junkshops typically don’t sell wood, so you can ask the owner if you can just take the wood away.) Even small pieces of wood can be useful for miniature projects such as small containers and handicrafts.
2. Use a more affordable type of wood in some portions of a large project. You can use inexpensive wood in areas that aren’t seen by others. In a cabinet, for example, the sides can manage with a lower grade wood. Just don’t compromise the strength or quality of your finished woodwork.
3. Buy tools from garage sales. In general, buy tools in places where they are affordable, but be sure that the tools function well before buying. You can test the tools that you’ve bought if you have brought an extension cord and a piece of wood with you. Remember, though: Better use your money to buy high-quality old tools than low-quality new tools. Also, take care of your tools so you won’t have to replace them often.
4. Plan tasks for working with wood meticulously. You wouldn’t want to waste plenty of wood upon doing something not stated in a plan. A definite plan will keep you on the right track, thus preventing you from wasting wood and wasting time.
5. Beginners can benefit from kits intended for them to work with wood. Kits for working with wood have pieced of wood that are already cut – all that is needed is to assemble them correctly. That means that beginners can waste less wood while they are training themselves in the craft of woodworking. As they begin mastering more skills, they can proceed with pieces of wood that they have cut themselves.
Source by William M Mason