Being able to create and build a masterpiece from pieces of wood is more than a hobby -it’s a craft. Buying all the tools and supplies you need can start to add up to some serious money. But there are ways to enjoy building with wood without breaking your budget. Here are a few woodworking tips that may get you started saving money and still being creative.
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Reuse and Reclaim
Hobbies on a Budget reader Rob sent me this tip: Recycle wood for small projects. I have gotten a lot a usable wood from old mattress frames, pallets, panel doors, and even a piano. A little bit of destruction work and some cleanup and you can get a ton of useable wood. The best part is that the wood stays out of the landfill. Cost for reused wood? FREE
Buy Oops Paints and Stains
Lowes regularly has paint that has been mixed wrong – thus the name “oops paint”. My friend Sherry was able to buy paint for her kitchen for $5.00 a gallon instead of $23.00! Now that’s real savings!
If you don’t see the paint beside the paint counter, just ask the sales associate. They should know what you’re talking about. A mistake for them – big possible savings for you!
If you are planning to do any shopping at Lowes (or Home Depot), you may want to consider this. We have gone on Ebay and purchased Lowes 10% coupons several different times because it has saved us lots of money!
By doing a quick search on Ebay, we were able to find a group of 10% coupons for less than $10. We recently saved $88 on a project ourselves and were able to pass on a couple to family members where they were able to save close to $100 on their purchase.
If you’re planning to do any home improvement projects, this may be beneficial.
Before you make your purchase on Ebay (or any online store), make sure you sign up at Mr Rebates first. (It is FREE to sign up and you get a $5.00 bonus just for signing up. Then you will get 3% for every ebay purchase you make! Read here for details on the Mr Rebates program.)
Are you a woodworker? How do you save money when building? I’d love to hear and share your tips!