Saving on woodworking tools – tips and tricks

Woodworking is expensive hobby. At the very least, it’s not affordable, so a lot of people are looking for ways to save on tools to get started. And if you’re one of those people, you’re in luck because i’m the kind of person who researches for hours to find ways to save few extra bucks. I’ve decided to write this post because i’ve seen too many of my friends get discouraged from getting into DIY and home improvement just because they don’t have enough money. I try to convince them otherwise, but they point to expensive tool prices as an argument. But those costs can be reduced in few ways.

First and my favorite, is buying combos of several tools from one brand. It’s just like buying in bulk, so costs per unit are much lower. They’ve gotten much more affordable with modern age and the era of cordless tools. If you buy combo of tools from different manufacturers, you can use one battery for all those tools, therefore shaving big expense of buying batteries for each one individually.

If you don’t want cordless tools and prefer wired variety instead, see this list of best corded circular saws  available right now.

It does have disadvantages though. In particular, you might save on all tools combined in the combo deal, but there’s high chance that you won’t need at least few of those tools. But you might need them in the future, so it’s up to you to decide.

 In general, sticking to one brand is a wise choice. You can re-use batteries, and sometimes brands have loyalty programs as well. They want to make it as easy as possible to turn into their returning customer. For me, that brand is DeWalt. They build quality tools, and even though they’re quite expensive, i’d rather pay extra and be assured that my tools won’t fail me. It’s beneficiary relationship for both of us – brand and a client, so i would like to see companies do this more aggressively.

Bare tools, without charger and batteries, cost significantly less than the ones with them. So, by subscribing to one brand for all your purchases, you’re effectively saving 20-30% on all your tools. Especially for fast chargers. Those are pretty costly, yet very handy. So having one fast charger for all your tools is a nice bonus.

Some brands like Klein tools also offer loyalty program. Which works just like frequent fliers on airlines. For example, Klein offers points for each item you buy, and you can redeem certain amount of points for very nice prizes.

Power tool brands – how to pick the best product

In DIY woodworking world, brands are everything. Companies spend ton of money to make their brands stand out, and spend even more on improving their tools to perfection. But that’s not always the case, sometimes big brands sell things at high markup just because they can. I have a friend who is obsessed with DeWalt. All his tools are of DeWalt and even though seeing his complete set is pleasing to the eye, i think he’s stressing too much about brands. Yes, DeWalt is known for its quality and durability, but if you are occasional woodworker like he is, Ryobi tools, which usually cost half the price, will get the job done just as well.

 But there are so much brands, and it’s hard for beginners to distinguish between good and bad ones. That’s why i think having someone to guide you as you’re getting started is important, and if you don’t have anyone, research is key to doing it right. And that’s in part why i’m writing this.

 4 years ago my dad retired from woodworking, and naturally left me his large collection of tools. Some of them were as old as 30 years, and weren’t really that useful, so decided to keep them as vintage tools. But some Black and Decker and DeWalt tools from 15 years ago were still going strong, and were very ergonomic. Turns out, there was little change in design of circular saws in the past decade. Newer ones are safer, but i doubt they’ll last as long as these old tools have. But the reason why i told the story, is that brands change all the time. Take Black and Decker for example. It used to be one of the best brands out there, known for its quality and craftsmanship. Now, i don’t know who bought them or what happened to old production, but their products are cheap and crappy. I wouldn’t even recommend buying black and decker if you’re okay with cheap brands. In my opinion, the best among low budget brands is Ryobi. Their tools have lasted me a long time. Despite me being quite rough on them. So whenever you hear or read advice on power tool brands, always make sure that the person giving advice is qualified and knows what he or she’s talking about.

 One more thing that i wanted to say is that authenticity of a brand also depends on the too. Companies like Bosch and DeWalt usually both make great tools, but for example, DeWalt is the one making most durable tools right now. At first it was skill,  now it’s DeWalt, and in the future it might be some other brand. Also wanted to note that DeWalt’s batteries are also very good. Same for Bosch. No other brands come even close to these two.


Choosing the right material for your diy project

Material is key element of any product, including furniture. So choosing the right material for your woodworking project will go a long way. Recently i’ve noticed a trend that appreciation for well-designed and built furniture is growing. They might not be as cheap as IKEA, but i think because of growing DIY community, people are starting to see value of quality products. Quality materials are increasingly in demand and hard to come by, at least for affordable price. That’s probably because of it’s durability and superior aesthetic value.  Just as DIY woodworker might vary from beginner to experienced, the high quality materials are just as different. And they’re just as important as, for example, choosing the best mini drive saw. They might differ in colors, softness of material, price, and all that. Lower price doesn’t always mean crappy material though. In the past, i’ve completed a lot of projects with affordable materials that looked and felt just as good as some of my other high-end stuff. Still, most woodworkers prefer one certain type of wood over another. Maple, pine, oak, cedar and cherry wood are most widely used. I’ll expand on individual characteristics of each type below.

Pine is softwood type, and while that might sometimes be an advantage, it isn’t recommended to be used in large number of DIY projects. It also has advantage of being lightweight, which is good because furniture made of Pine is light and affordable to move. It’s disadvantage is that it’s not as resistant to scratches as hardwoods are. But by far it’s biggest advantage is it’s cheap price. Overall, being affordable and fairly good material makes Pine one of the most popular material choices for DIY projects.

Maple, on the other hand, is of hardwood type. It is mostly used for furnitures that need superior durability and sturdiness. Which means, that most shelves and beds are usually made of Maple. Naturally, maple comes in light colors, but it can be easily painted. I should note that Maple is my favorite kind of wood.

And now we’ve come to Oak. Oak is one of the most popular materials used by woodworkers, largely due to it’s amazing looks and strength. Naturally, oak varies in colour from pink to light green, but just like Maple, it can be easily painted. It has one big advantage though – it’s much more expensive than, say, Pine or Maple.

Cedar is softwood, and it’s quality is on par with that of Pine. But it’s big advantage is resistance to rotting. Also, just like all softwoods, it is light and can be moved around easily. It’s best suited for making furniture for your backyard or deck.

And at last, Cherry wood. I haven’t personally worked with this material, but it has reputation for being solid hardwood which is resistant to scratches and dents, which makes it very popular among some DIYers. Cherry wood is also very strong, some might say TOO strong. It’s strength makes it hard to work with it.

Health advantages of eating a lot of vegetables


You’ve been advised by everybody your whole lifestyle to eat your vegetables, but why are veggies good for youpersonally? What really makes them so special, and why are more people learning about various types and cooking techniques to be able to emphasize them over animal goods and sugar?

Early humans ate more plant products than beef because that’s what was easily offered. With the growth of agriculture introduced the rise of civilizations, but agriculture has been more prominent than husbandry for a lengthy moment.

Gradually, more was discovered about the worth of veggies. Famous vegetarians like George Bernard Shaw asserted to have greater cognitive power from eschewing animal solutions. As science progressed, it had been apparent that a human body had more energy and strength and avoided more illnesses when vegetables were emphasized. This was just true, but when they weren’t overcooked.

We all know vegetables are full of vitaminsvitamins and fiber, all of which are crucial for a wholesome diet. We’re even learning that the more vegetables you consume, the more diseases you ward off more. Though the jury is still out on whether drinkers are smarter compared to meat-eaters, there seems little question that a vegetarian diet plan does improve cognitive function. When you eat a lot of veggies, you get a variety of health benefits and basically no downsides.

That is all well and good, but why are vegetables good for youm if your family has a history of harmful diseases, such as cancer? In the end, many recent studies have shown that the capacity of vitamins to ward off cancer. Keep in mind that this is largely concerning vitamin nutritional supplements, maybe not the vitamins in their natural source. Although there’s still more to be heard, it seems vegetables release compounds that help keep cancer cells from taking root.

Even if this proves completely false, it is still obvious that a number of the major benefits of vegetarianism is that, provided you also exercise regularly and prevent a good deal of sugar, you will have reduced cholesterol and maintain a healthy weight. Vegetarians are somewhat thinner as a group, and thus they also have fewer cases of cardiovascular disease, diabetes as well as other obesity-related illnesses.

A diet high in vegetables won’t only help keep you feeling it is going to keep you looking nicely. Supplements can never top the ability of vitamins at their natural origin. When you highlight deep colored vegetables – reds, oranges, yellows and black green – you’re treating yourself to a complete range of vitamins, particularly B, A, C and K, in addition to a plethora of minerals. All these work to maintain your flow at peak performance along with your cells overturning at a healthy pace, resulting in clear skin, glowing eyes, shiny hair and strong teeth.

Step for step, they are still more affordable than meat. Try eating a vegetarian meal every day for a week and then take a look at your food expenditure in the end of the week and you’ll see. When you buy fresh, organic veggies, you’re getting more nutritional value, as they have yet to be treated or preserved for any amount of time. More nutritional value also implies more economical price, as you get out of what you eat. It is possible to feed more people more healthfully with foods that are wholesome than anything from creatures, and you can take this to the bank!