DIY Project Notes and Tips

Today’s Topics:

  • Budget
  • Tools Available
  • Time

Budget

Have you ever tried doing a DIY project before? Well one thing you must know is that it all works best when you plan out what all you need to get.

Sometimes overspending can occur because you buy way too much material, or maybe you don’t buy enough material and you have to keep ordering more supplies.

It is always helpful when doing a project to set a budget for spending so that you are not just spending random amounts of money.

The best thing you can do is take the time to do a lot of research into every aspect of your project. If you could be using a different material that is cheaper, that is a great way to save on costs, if you could save money and buy different tools, do it.

The more time you put into researching before starting your project, the better understanding you will have when it’s time to get started.

Tools Available

One of the most challenging parts of a project is knowing what tools you need to have to get things done right.

Sometimes you will have a whole workshop available (like when I’m at school) and other times you will be starting from scratch with materials.

You should know that starting a new workshop from scratch can be a costly endeavor, so if you plan on doing multiple projects, it might be better to start building your arsenal of workshop machines now.

But if you don’t plan on doing many projects, you might not want to spend money buying big heavy machines.

Instead, you may want to look into hand tools, a drill and various jigs to help you along the way that can do similar things as a whole workshop.

Time

As one of the most essential things for any project, you need to know what your timeline is for your project.

9 times out of 10, you will need more time to work on your project than you allocated.

So set yourself a timeline, build in a little bit more time to be ready for mistakes to happen, and make sure you are set for anything else that happens.

If you are on a time crunch to finish a project, your situation can be very different.

This is when you have to save time by doing a number of things, while also maintaining a safe work space. If you can create a jig to repeat parts consecutively with ease, then you must do it. If you have to take a short cut and can’t sand an object down fully, do the bare minimum before your next step.

It is all about finding what options will work best for your situation. The more projects you do, the easier these things will be and the more knowledge you will have going into them.


Thanks for tuning into this week’s blog post, I hope you enjoyed it, leave a comment about your experience with DIY projects. As always, Dream Big!

Published by Alonzo Colon

Architecture Student at Virginia Tech

One thought on “DIY Project Notes and Tips

  1. Very good things to take into consideration when doing DIY projects. I personally enjoy DIY things. It’s a great feeling to see your finished product when you know the amount of time effort and energy you put into it.

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