If you have manuals for tools and equipment scattered throughout your shop, basement or garage, putting them all in one place will eliminate searches. You can commandeer a two-drawer file cabinet for your manual center, or else consider using an older suitcase. You should be able to find such suitcases in perfect shape for only a dollar or two at garage sales or swap meets, being sold by the owners because they are out of style. Even a smaller suitcase will hold dozens of manuals and can be stored either vertically or flat.
Before you glue up wood for a project, examine the parts. If at all possible, start out with cleanly cut, perfectly straight boards of the proper thickness. Take out any bow or warp before you begin your gluing work. By using straight and true stock, you won’t have to force the boards in one direction or another, and you won’t have to get into tricky, complicated clamping set-ups.