Woodworking is a great hobby; it is both a great way to relax as well as beautify one’s environment. However, it can also be an expensive one, both in terms of materials and tools. As such, it can be important to find ways to obtain those items as inexpensively as possible so as to have as many tools on hand. Not only does this ensure that the woodworker has as many options as possible, but also that they can be completed with as few problems as possible. As such a woodworker is going to learn to be as resourceful as possible, and that can be a valuable skill to learn as well. For more tips and tricks, check out Ted’s Woodworking Review 2018.
The first problem is to find instructional materials. A lot of the best books are also the most out of print, and finding them can be difficult. This means that you will most likely learn to check out used books stores as well as libraries for those books, and will probably amass a decent library of books as time goes by. Picking up an e-reader may not be a bad idea as well; a lot of out-of-print books are available in digital formats, usually for a lot cheaper than their paper versions, or even for free. Having a tablet also means that you will be able to pull up videos and blogs while you are working on a project, allowing step-by-step instruction and other help as needed.
Materials can be another issue. For areas blessed with the appropriate trees, it may be useful to strike up friendships with anyone who has woods on their property; should the person fell a tree, usually for firewood, they may be willing to sell some of the wood to you. Barter may not be a bad approach to try as well. For more urban woodworkers, it may be just as useful to have an arborist friend or two; after all, if they are good enough then they should have a decent supply of wood given that they pull down trees all the time. Obviously, a park ranger could be another source, even though you need to be willing to take “no” for an answer: Sometimes a fallen tree needs to rot in the woods. These are just a start, but they should get you a lot of wood.
Of course, there are other options, especially if you are willing to do some scavenging. Not all woodworkers do big pieces, nor are they looking for big slabs of wood; sometimes you need smaller pieces, especially for decorative accents. As such it may not be a bad to ask local furniture makers if they have any scrap lumber available. If you are just looking for something to practice on, you cannot beat furniture itself, and it is easy to find some great pieces to practice on in the scrap pile as well as at auctions. Finding wood should not be a problem.
And while you are at the auctions, keep an eye out for woodworking tools. You never know what you can find at an auction, and sometimes tools show up. This also applies to auction sites; people are always getting rid of tools online and usually they are at a reduced price compared to their retail versions. This also means that pawn shops can be your friend as well as estate sales; in both case, you have people motivated to unload goods and that may result in obtaining great tools for even better prices. By keeping an eye out for places where people are looking to get rid of items, you can find a lot of great bargains.
In general, there is no reason to pay more than you need to if this is just a hobby, and even a professional is on the lookout for hard to find tools; some great tools get discontinued due to lack of popularity. Materials are easy enough to find for those that know where to look, and creating a personalized library is always a good idea. By using these tips you should be able to obtain everything you would ever need for almost any project, and even some fun doing so. This should also allow you to make friends and allies, and that is never a bad thing. Sometimes there is more to an interest than just the interest, and you should look for ways to expand it.