Work smarter, not harder, on DIY projects

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Do-it-yourself projects can be extremely satisfying, and the savings can add some much-needed cash to your wallet. But they can also be a lot of work, and they take time away from family and leisure activities. So why make them any harder than they need to be? With that simple philosophy in mind, here's a list of suggestions to help you get your projects done more quickly and with less stress. 1. Set up some work tables: Having a place that's off the floor to gather all your tools and materials is one of the quickest and most helpful things you can do. It keeps everything in one place, makes assembly much easier, and puts tools like miter saws at a safe, comfortable working height. One of the best ways to do this is with an inexpensive pair of folding sawhorses, topped with a couple of two-by-fours and a sheet or a half-sheet of particleboard or plywood. A couple of screws through the particleboard into the two-by-fours will keep things from tipping. These are easy and che...