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10 Ways SketchUp can Improve your Building and Save you Money in the Process

SketchUp is my go-to program for anything that I could ever dream to build. For my building project’s it's the one thing I really couldn’t live without. Yes, the tools are clearly important too, but if I go into the workshop without a plan, I’m wasting time, energy, and money.

Most people are quick to assume that this program is only for architects, engineers, and construction professionals. That simply couldn’t be farther from the truth.

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Start Building with these 4 Tools for Under $150 (+video)

How can I quickly get started building? It's one question on every Pinterest lover’s mind, whether you're planning a honey-do list or you're hoping to save some money by outfitting your home with things you’ve made, building your own furniture can be an amazing skill to obtain.

While looks aren’t everything, having a home you are proud of isn’t a bad thing to want or to make happen. You just need to the right tools and some encouragement to get started.

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Circular Saw vs Miter Saw : Which one is right for a beginner?

You’ve seen so many plans online for building a cute end table that would match perfectly with your new couch. You’ve looked them over and you finally have the courage to give it a try. You look at the list of required tools and the first one it lists is a Miter saw. You don’t have a miter saw. You borrow a circular saw from your friend to make this first project but after making it you know; you know you have to buy one for yourself. You enjoyed the first build so much that you know the investment will be worth it.

So which one do you start with?

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The First Tools I Ever Bought and the Story behind them

My long list of favorite tools began one summer toward the end of college. I was a year away from getting my Interior Design Degree and needed to do an internship that would blend the years of Architecture and Design courses I'd completed with some real life experience. There were not too many firms hiring for money, or even for free the summer that I needed the internship.

I approached the Dean of my Architecture College and submitted a proposal that I go and actually BUILD something and HELP people instead of just sitting in some tiny office in a big city all summer. 

It got approved and I packed up and took a trip with 3 other girls to New Orleans, Louisiana. This was a year or so after Hurricane Katrina hit the city.

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