Archive for January, 2013

Project Ideas for Woodworkers: Upgrading your Deck

deck with curtainThe upcoming warm, sunny days of Spring have many woodworkers contemplating their next woodworking project. Spring is the perfect time of year to upgrade outdoor living spaces such as your deck or patio to make them more inviting. Here we have compiled a few deck update project ideas that are perfect for the Spring weather:

Built-in seating: Replacing standard railing with bench seating makes your deck accommodating to larger groups without taking up additional space. Benches can be built with or without backs. Add brightly colored throw pillows for comfortable and attractive seating during outdoor get togethers.

Plant stands or hangers: Flowers and foliage bring outdoor spaces to life and create a softer look. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hardwoods vs. Softwoods for Woodworking

hardwood vs softwood for woodworkingThe type of wood you choose to use for a woodworking project will affect the strength and durability as well as the appearance of the final project. Many types of trees are harvested all over the world for the variety of solid wood used in woodworking and the construction industry. Softwoods and hardwoods are the two broad categories of woods you will encounter when choosing wood for woodworking projects. Here we will address some of the characteristics of each and their differences.

Despite what the name implies, softwoods are not always softer in density than hardwoods. Both hardwoods and softwoods exhibit a range of densities within the group. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stock your Home Woodshop with these 6 Safety Essentials

ear and eye protection for the woodshopSafety is paramount in any woodshop, and certainly should not be overlooked when creating a woodshop at your home. Regardless of an individual’s level of experience, mistakes and accidents can happen in a shop, and can cause serious injury or worse. Keep these six items on hand in your woodshop to build the basic foundation for safe operation of tools and equipment:

1. Eye protection: Safety glasses or face shields should always be worn when working with power tools. Keep enough eye protection on hand in the woodshop to cover the maximum number of people that may be present in the shop at once. Consider the types of tools and materials in your shop and choose appropriately rated eye protection.

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