Tip #1 --- Half Rounds ---Once you see how smart it is to use 'half rounds' you will wonder how you ever got along without them. Half rounds can be described as a wooden dowel literally cut in half! Use them to lift your project off the work table - which provides just enough space so you can reach the sides and ends neatly. I suggest you have at least 4 - maybe 6 - half rounds.... ask your hardware store to cut them 24-30 inches long. A sturdy mailing tube is a great way to store them - you can even store your yardsticks and levels in the same place.
Here half rounds are shown with the flat side up --
but you actually use them with the flat side down....
This bubinga top is lifted so I can easily reach the sides and ends..
Tip #2 -- Portable Work Table -- Don't have a work table? No worries - for about $50 or less you can easily assemble a portable work table. Invest in two folding saw horses and half a sheet of plywood (2'x4'). You can set up this table in minutes wherever it's needed, and then store it away without taking up valuable floor space. Add a pretty table cloth and you also have an extra buffet table.. and who doesn't need an extra table sometimes?