Buy only what you need to save time and money
Like most woodworkers, I'd rather build projects than run after forgotten materials or supplies. So to make the most of both my time and materials, I developed a record-keeping system that gives my memory a rest and lets my hands get to work.
When starting a new project, I make two copies of the materials and supplies list from the project plans, and one copy of the plans themselves. I then slip the latter copy into a vinyl sheet protector and put one copy of the materials list in the back, facing out for quick reference.
The other materials list becomes my working copy that I first take to the shop to cross off the supplies I already have in stock. With the updated list in hand, I make only one supply run.
-- Diane Goularte, Fresno, Calif.