DIY Woodworking Without Breaking the Bank

If you’re into DIY woodworking, there’s no doubt that it can be a great way to make some extra money as well as be an interesting hobby. You WILL need some money to get started, but it can be very little and our tips below will show you exactly how to save some valuable cash.

First of all, to start DIY woodworking, you’re going to need to invest in some tools.  Now, you’re probably not going to be able to buy every tool that you need right now, so you should focus on the most important ones.  If you’re not sure what these are, you might want to ask other woodworkers what tools they use the most and go from there.

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Once you know the tools that you need the most for DIY woodworking, you can start to look for good deals.  Just remember that you don’t have to buy all of your tools new.  You can find tons of used tools that are still in excellent condition for very affordable prices.  Some places you might consider looking are garage sales, flea markets, and even the classifieds.  Craigslist is also a great website to check out for good deals on tools.


Of course, tools aren’t all that you’ll need for DIY woodworking.  You’ll also need supplies like wood, nails, paint, and etc.  Now, there are actually two ways to buy supplies.  You can either purchase what you need for each project, or you can buy basic supplies in bulk and keep them on hand.  Then you can just purchase special items for your projects.

The option you choose may depend on your upfront budget.   Buying items project by project is cheaper upfront, but purchasing supplies that will last for more than one project can actually be cheaper over time, especially if you find good deals on supplies.

The next way to save money on DIY woodworking is to find affordable woodworking plans.  Many people think that they have to buy each plan they want separately.  However, there are actually several companies that allow you to download thousands of plans online for just one price.  This can actually save your hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars over time.

Whatever route you may choose to take, remember that there are many other professionals and hobbyists trying to make a living doing woodworking projects. You not only need tools but you also need to hone your skills. It’s always a good idea to practice on your personal projects. You can also offer to do some work for friends and family. They will buy the supplies and you won’t have to spend a dime other than purchasing tools and of course your time. As long as you’re willing to put in the effort, there is plenty of work out there. People are always looking for someone with great talent. Woodworking is an art, if you enjoy it, embrace it! It is a labor of love! If you put in the time, you will find yourself excel from a novice to an expert in no time.