Pocket hole joinery has been used by carpenters extensively over the years. This technique has its roots in ancient Egypt. It has proved to be an indispensable approach in permanently joining two adjacent pieces of wood. Before proceeding further with the article, it’s necessary we understand what a pocket hole is. It’s going to be a simple definition, no technical terms: it’s a hole that forms a pocket shape for a screw when drilled.Continue reading
Some pieces of furniture awe us in how they are joined, and some are evident in their joinery. You may also decide to be a carpenter in your DIY project. It’s therefore mandatory that you understand and master some techniques in joining pieces of wood that like side by side. Below are methods of joining wood.Continue reading
It’s not uncommon to see wood that is "deformed" especially if your occupation revolves around lumber. However, I come bearing good news. You can fix tis! Wood is defined as being warped when it deviates from its natural flat surface due to stress applied on it or shrinks unevenly.
Additionally, wood can warp as a result of moisture being absorbed and released. The uneven absorption of moisture is the primary agent of warping in wood. The warping phenomenon is attributed to other distinct factors. They include:Continue reading
Wood is humanity’s oldest and perhaps favorite building material. It has remained as popular in the 21st Century as it ever was ages ago. Bending wood is a tricky proposition in the sense that first, wood easily breaks and second, the concern of retaining the bent shape. Several methods and techniques of bending wood have been discovered but the most economical and by far the most popular is using water- hot water, or steam for that matter. This article aims to explore the wood bending method that entails using water, the proper techniques, requirements, and the science behind it all.Continue reading
Glue is among the most commonly used items in several areas such as woodworking, stationery making, plumbing, shoe manufacture or repair and even in the field of automobile assembly and repair. Several types of glue have over the course of time been chanced upon; by natural discovery or artificial means and used for varied purposes. PVA glue is considered a “staple glue” thanks to its versatile uses that seem to cut across all fields and divides. What is PVA glue? This article aims to shine some light on this type of glue, its numerous applications and what makes it so special.Continue reading
Installing countertops can be described as a reasonably straightforward task. Various materials have been used on countertop lamination but none more extensively than Formica. The main idea when laminating countertops is to enhance durability and the general aesthetics of the surface in question. This article is aimed at establishing the correct method of installing Formica, the considerations and tools you will need.Continue reading
Some of the activities we engage in using wood material would require you to have square holes; some puzzles on wood, the toys our kids use and even huge construction projects. The basic technique when you want to create square holes in materials made of wood would involve a three step approach; first, you will have to orient the shape, in this case, a square followed by laying out the shape and finally cutting it out while leaving the material in its initial intact form. It goes without saying that a square has four sides and cutting it out would be best done by having the opposite sides being parallel to each other. I will turn your attention to the systematic approach of how to cut a square hole in wood.Continue reading
Wooden furniture is as impressive to look at as it is to touch. It not only remains very popular but also lasts for a very long time if properly taken care of. Wooden furniture is among some few priceless items that are passed on from generation to generation. Now and then spills and staining will inevitably occur. Cleaning up after the said spills and stains will be done in such a way that the original wood in the furniture isn’t harmed in any way.
The same case applies to candle wax spills. Candle wax can be particularly tricky to clean from wood. Apply too much pressure while scraping and you have yourself a ruined wooden piece. Attempt to clean it too soon and the result is furthering the extent of the candle wax spill. In this article, I’ll discuss a few ways on how to remove wax from wood.Continue reading