Good Beginner Tips

Hey y’all, it’s Brooke. Here are some things Stephen and I learned pretty early on that we wanted to share:

  1. Having good tools is KEY! For example, Stephen would use a handsaw to try to cut long pieces of wood (which is virtually impossible, seeing that you have to have a perfectly steady hand to keep a straight line). He has either borrowed or invested in tools that better suit whatever he needs. I highly recommend finding the specific tool you need instead of trying to make something work for your need.
  2. If you don’t have certain tools or don’t want to invest in your own, ask around! Most people don’t mind loaning out easily portable tools. Post on your neighborhood page, post on social media, text your friends. Also, you can always rent tools by the half day or full day from places like Lowe’s or Home Depot.
  3. Don’t skimp on nails and screws. Go for the better rated/better branded ones. We have learned the hard way that not all nails/screws are created equal.
  4. If you’re going to be making cuts, invest in a big foam board. It makes it so easy to cut on top of without worrying about cutting what’s underneath.
  5. Try to make space that’s set aside for all your stuff- tools, etc.

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