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Reclaimed Wood & Free Wood - Money Saving Tips for Woodworking Part 2

I am always looking for wood. I am not always intentionally looking, but it's always in the back of my mind. I look for all sorts of wood, new wood, used wood, demolition wood, cut trees ... it's all potential sources of wood. This article will reveal many of my sources and ways of acquiring lumber that may help others get good wood for good prices and in some cases even spare sending wood to the landfill.

There are lots of different places that are great sources of finding new and used wood, but be aware that you are likely not going to be purchasing premium wood, so there will be some work in it for you. There may be excessive trimming or gluing, or the wood may only be suitable for smaller projects. That is what you often get with discounted or free lumber. It just means you need to but a bit more effort into using it, but the savings could be well worth the investment ... 

Clamping Hacks Part 3 - Woodworking Tips and Tricks

Clamps and woodworking are integral to one another. If you do woodworking, you need to use clamps ... sometimes lots of them. Unfortunately, clamps are often awkward to use, especially when you have coated your wood with wood glue and it starts drying the moment it is spread on your wood and if you don't attach the 2 pieces of wood in a timely manner, the glue will stick poorly, or not at all. And of course, that is the time for you wood clamps to start acting up ... and if you are like me,  always seem to have to be unscrewing the handles and getting them in the correct positions. Gluing could be the most stressful time of woodworking ... at least it is for me and that's why I try to do everything I can to make my clamps more user-friendly because for some reason I never seem to remember to take the time to prepare them for their clamping ahead of time.

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Check out some these ideas to help make clamping a bit less stressful ...

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Money Saving Hacks for Woodworking: Using Reclaimed Pallet Wood

We all like to spend our money wisely when purchasing wood, and saving money buying wood means we can end up getting more wood if we spend wisely. 
One of the first kinds of woods that many people think about as being inexpensive, or free in many cases is Pallet Wood. That is wood that you can acquire from picking up free, discarded pallets, which are available pretty well everywhere worldwide.
I have extensive knowledge in acquiring pallets and breaking them down with my involvement in a business plan for commercially making and selling, inexpensive, rustic Pallet Furniture. As part of the business plan, I needed to "prove concept", which involved acquiring the wood and building some sample furniture. What you will read in this article is the information I quickly learned about working with Pallet Wood

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What I discovered in working with pallet wood is that just because something is free, doesn't mean it's not inexpensive to use ...  

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5 Quick Sandpaper Hacks Part 2 - Woodworking Tips and Tricks

Anything I can do to reduce the amount of sanding I have to do is a good thing for 2 reasons, first of all, sanding is not my favorite chore but also I want to make sure I keep dust to a minimum as much as I can. It also helps if I can reduce my waste, which in this case means better and more use of sandpaper. It may be small, but it all counts. 

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... and the first topic is about being thrifty and getting the best use from sandpaper, and I use mostly sheet sandpaper, but I also use roll sandpaper from time to time. I like the sheet sandpaper for a final hand sand and I always find that when I am finished with a sheet of sandpaper there is always a bit of good sandpaper left over that can be used ... 

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