How to Cut Down on Woodworking Lumber, Tools, & Supply Costs
It is honestly insane how much money you can save on overhead costs and place into your pocket instead with a little extra effort. Mind you, this savings is not coming from compromising on quality but on doing research and investing your company's money wisely. A few areas that costs can be cut down effectively are - tools, raw materials, time, and technique.
Unfortunately, lumber will also be your single most expensive cost in woodworking. A few tips to save, if even just a couple bucks, is to shop from one of these next sources...
- - If possible, purchase your wood online. As crazy as this may seem, it will be explained why below.
- - Purchase solely from a lumberyard.
- - Build a longstanding relationship with a locally sourced lumber vendor. You would be surprised at how the discounts will begin flowing once you establish your credibility with a vendor.
- - Plan each and every purchase you make. Shop only when there are special offers and discounts.
- - Not frequently recommended but when in a bind, substitute lumber with high quality board and veneer.
You will be shocked at how many online retailers and local lumber yards are willing to fulfill even the smallest of lumber orders. Lumber yards are super informative and helpful. They can point you in the direction of either raw material or pre cut wood that is stocked according to size and grade. Lumber yards are known for offering the best prices and hosting large varieties of wood. It can almost be guaranteed that you will be able to find what you are looking for within a lumber yard.
Online retailers can be extremely helpful as well. Either call or email them to inquire about specific qualification you are looking for within your lumber and they will send you samples to make sure it is exactly what you are looking for. It is highly common for online lumber retailers to happily exchange any wood you find to be unsatisfactory for free. Shopping for lumber online may be a longer process but if you have the time, take advantage of the discounts they offer. Plus, never having to leave your office and seeing your prized lumber arrive straight to the company's door is extremely convenient.
When it comes to saving money on tools there are a few quick, easy, and painless steps you can take. The first step one can take to cut costs on tools is to not purchase tools that your company does not necessarily require to complete its projects in the first place. It will seriously pay off to sit down and plan out which woodcrafting tools your company actually needs in order to get its work down. Choosing the correct tools is a huge step in the right direction.
Power Tools are actually a major time and money saver. Not only will the speed in which they effectively complete projects increase your productivity; many power tools are highly versatile and one tool can be used to construct a multitude of projects no matter how different the project are in style. As you begin to shop for power tools make sure to always start by looking online for sales, special offer codes, and discounts. When shopping online for power tools you are sure to score major discounts or you will at least find out the next time the power tool you have your eye on will be on sale in store. Signing up for newsletters is a great way to find out about major woodcrafting tool sales without having to watch the websites constantly. Newsletters will notify you (often days before) whenever a major sale is coming or of any available discount codes on the market.
Whenever possible purchase refurbished tools. A great application for locating refurbished power tools is Wood Profits. Refurbished tools are pre used tools that companies restore back to 'like new' condition and resell. They are often offered at major discount. Refurbished tools are commonly sold by their own original manufacturer, local hardware stores, or even by your favorite online retailer. Just make sure to ask to see the refurbished tool section the next time you are out shopping.
We recommended never purchasing second hand tools. First off, you hardly know anything about the tool's history and wear/tear can be both absent/misleading. It is hard to tell if the tool is actually working properly or if it has been previously repaired. The worst thing you can do is waste money on an inefficient power tool when you could have purchased a brand new one in the first place. Second hand tools come with no guarantees, thus it is best to stick to solely shopping refurbished power tools if that is the route you are taking as they do come with warranties/guarantees.
Utilizing high quality accessories is a great way to save money and spruce up an old tool. For instance, high quality router bits are the perfect way to reap better, accurate, and faster results. High quality accessories are worth the splurge because they wear out less and will produce professional finishes. High quality accessories have the power to make low quality power tools finish with a better degree of fineness and ease. Wood Profits is also a great application for locating hundreds of high quality power tool accessories.
Surprisingly enough, utilizing proper technique will also save you time and money. As you perform the proper techniques you will cut time down on woodcrafting and be able to produce more product in a shorter amount of time. Thus, the more you produce, the more you can sell, and the more money you can make. Utilize quick joinery and installment methods. Yes, while it is common for woodworkers to take a lot of pride in performing classic methods, the additional time spent on these projects will only cost the price to raise. Customers may appreciate the craft but they ultimately appreciate a lower costing product in the long run. You can still product high quality woodcrafts with quicker and more effective techniques. The tried and true mantra of making money in the world of woodcrafting is to create simple, easy, and high demand products.