Useful Wood Projects DIY Tips For Beginners

DIY Wood Plan Project And Budgeting

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There is nothing more frustrating than not finishing your DIY project because you surpassed your budget. And you can’t stop asking yourself the same question: ‘How come I spent so much more money than I estimated? ‘It’s a very common situation and I think we’ve all been there. But why do so many people go over their DIY project budget and spend sometimes two or three times what they expected?

The answer is very simple. It’s the little things. Surprised? But that is exactly what we neglect when it comes to calculating our budget. Most likely we calculate just a ‘rough’ number. It means that we include in our budget all major materials and tools.

We tend to forget about stuff that cost just a ‘couple of bucks’. But many small things added together can amount to a surprisingly big bill. If you want to avoid this situation then try to calculate your budget precisely and include everything including every last nail and staple.

It’s much easier to do this when you make your calculation based on a list of materials made by professionals. If you’ve designed your project yourself or you have only blueprints, then you must be very careful. Try to ensure that own list
include absolutely all materials and don’t forget the small stuff.


No one enjoys math but by spending an extra hour or so doing it you can save yourself a lot of anxiety. Besides, you don’t have to calculate your bill all by yourself. Make a complete list of materials and bring it to your local hardware store. It will save you a lot of time.

To make even more savings, try to get a quote from different hardware stores and then compare their prices. You don’t have to buy all your materials in one store. Shop around to pick up the best bargains. But at the same time be reasonable and don’t travel ten miles to save 50 cents on a box of staples.

After you’ve chosen your woodwork plan, carefully examine all your required materials. Make sure that you can find all of the wood plan and hardware on your list.

Consider the kind of wood plan you’ll need to use for this project and what sizes you need. Some plans may require wood of non-standard dimensions which is available only by special order. Make sure you can order it or find a replacement before you start buying other materials.

Sometimes it’s easy to make some small changes to your plan at the beginning to avoid big expenses. At the beginning of the project, It’s also a good idea to calculate the entire cost of equipment in case you need to purchase or lease some.

It’s really good practice to calculate all prices before you start to be sure this project will not exceed your budget. You can read more about the importance of this step in our article Why Do We Always Spend Three Times More Than Planned?.

Keep in mind that today all manufactured things change their appearance very often and standards often change as well. If before 2″x4″ really had this dimensions now it’s actually 1.5″x3.5″. It’s good to remember this, especially if your plan was designed few decades ago.

Hardware changes constantly. If you can’t find something that is listed in your project, try to find a suitable replacement. Often you’ll be told that such and such an item isn’t available anymore but it’s most likely that you can do it in a slightly different way with different hardware. It’s good to find these things out at the beginning of the project.

It’s a well-known fact that if you want to succeed with any project you have to start by planning. Woodwork has the same principle and it all starts with a good plan. But how to find the plan you’re looking for among the vast array available on and offline is a real headache.

When you are looking for a woodwork plan, you will need to look at several resources and spend a few hours or even days before you find what you are looking for. The average price you will pay is around
$10 but you might have to pay $30 or more.

The drawback of buying a single project plan is that most of the time you can’t see what’s inside. It would be nice to know all the details of a project before you invest in it, for example, the list of materials, tools, and hardware.

What If There Is Something Missing To Complete The Project?

A very good solution in this situation is to buy a collection of woodwork plans. First, it will save you tons of time. Second, it will save you a lot of money. For example, one of the woodwork collections we offer, Ted’s Woodworking, contains more than 16,000 woodworking plans!

But don’t worry, you don’t have to pay thousands of dollars for this collection. The introductory price is comparative to the price of two books. Besides, this offer includes two helpful books plus 150 woodworking videos and 30 software downloads as free bonuses.

It’s a must-have for all woodworkers, irrespective of skill levels. This collection will serve you for years and provide you with tons of ideas and information. You can also upgrade your purchase and receive this collection on DVD.


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Before you spend money on the materials you will need for your project, check carefully that you have all the necessary tools and equipment.

If you’re short of something, look at what you will need this tool for. Often the project will suggest tools that are most suitable for certain jobs, but it doesn’t mean that these are the only tools you can use. Often tools can be replaced by something that you already have.

Don’t forget that woodworking is a very ancient trade and many impressive wood projects were done before the invention of many of the tools we use today.

If the tool in question can’t be replaced, you may consider buying one if you think that it could be useful in your future projects. Don’t forget that you can find cheaper used equipment online or in your local newspapers.

Another option is to borrow or lease equipment. You could ask your friends and neighbors for a loan of their tools. If they don’t have them, you can call your local hardware stores and check if they have the equipment for lease. If they don’t have it, you can ask them for an advice. Often they may help you to find a solution.

1. Can I Buy All the Materials I Will Need For My Woodwork Project?
2. Will I Need Someone’s Help For This Project?
3. Do I Have The Right Skills To Do This?

When considering your skill levels, don’t fall into either of these two traps.

The first trap is when you under-evaluate the complexity of the project and overestimate your skills. Sometimes beginners don’t understand the details of their planned project and think that they will succeed just by following the instructions.

Yes, sometimes good detailed instructions are enough to help you to complete your project. But you still have to understand instructions well and know exactly what you’re doing.

The second trap is when you exaggerate the complexity of the work and underestimate your own abilities. We all live and learn and everyone has to start somewhere. If there is something that you’ve never done before then you just need to spend more time on preparations and concentrate more carefully on what you are doing. ‘Measure twice, cut once – is a great rule to follow.

If you need very specific skills, then try to learn them instead of just giving up on your project. You can look online for videos on the subject. It’s a great way to learn new skills. Reading articles and books can help as well. Then it’s a good idea to practice on cheap woods or on a smaller scale.

And always remember “Nothing is impossible to a willing heart” !

1. Do I Have All The Necessary Tools?
2. Can I Buy All the Materials I Will Need For My Wood Project?
3. Will I Need Someone’s Help For This Project?