How To Store Your Timber

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I have been getting this question a lot from my readers and I know how crucial it is for a woodworker to properly store his timber. Timber is the most necessary thing in woodworking. It is the basics and everything starts from it.

Timber is a very sensitive object and reacts very loudly to the atmosphere around it. Even a little increase in the humidity can swell up your timber or in worst-case rot it.

Below are a few ways that you can use to store your timer and grant it a longer work life. I hope this article answer all your question and clear all your confusions. Happy Woodworking.

It is always difficult to store large pieces of timber, so if possible you should store them in small neat piles. Timber is best stored in clean and dry place, away from any humidity but make sure that you do not store it on your garage floor or any concrete floor.

A concrete floor may look dry and moisture less but it is totally opposite to what we think. A Concrete floor has many small pores and is moist. When timber is kept on this floor for a long time, it absorbs the moisture present in the flour and this can either swell up the timber or rot it.

What ever happens the timber will no more be capable of use. So at least make sure that you don’t store the timber on a concrete floor.

Many of my friends suggested me to store the new as well as the left over timber in my house’s attic or loft and they are fairly good places too but you must check one thing before moving forward and that is the amount of humidity present in your attic.

If your attic is a lot drier than your work place then I wont suggest you to store the timber there. A dry attic may sound perfect but it should not be too dry or else your timber will expand as soon as you’ll bring it to your work place for use.

This expansion will happen, as the timber will try to adjust itself to the newly encountered humidity.

One more mistake amateur woodworkers make is that they start using the timber as soon as they bring it from the lumberyard. One should never do that; a lumberyard is a totally different place than your workshop. It can be very dry or humid and if you start working with the wood right away, it will start changing its shape due to the new environment it will be exposed to. So it is better to store the timber for a few days in your work area so that it can get used to the present environment.

If your are thinking Stickering is required for storing your timber then I would be happy to tell you that it is not required for small amount of wood.

Stickering increases the air activity around the boards– a good thing for green timber, but not required once it’s been dried. Besides, it’s a great deal of trouble to do it right with little pieces of timber, and stickered wood occupies a whole lot more area.

How to Maintain the Oil Finishing on Your Projects

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In woodworking Finishing is the most enjoyable task. Finishing brings life to our work piece. It is like filling colors in a drawing. If you don’t know what finishing is then no problem, I am here to explain you everything. Finishing is the end process of a woodworking project. It is used to give that beautiful lustrous shine and protection to the wood.

Finishing is so important that without it, a piece would not be addressed complete. It is also seen as a trick through which furniture made up of poor quality timber quires the look of furniture made up of expensive and high quality wood.

There are many ways of finishing your furniture but how to protect it is the main dilemma. This article will provide you tip that you can use to protect your furniture from loosing its oil finishing. We will also talk about the ways through which you can enhance the luster of the oil finishing used on your furniture.

The best thing about using oil finishing is that they are easy to apply and are widely available with affordable price. A few examples of oil finishing are linseed or Tung oils, oil/varnish blends, wiping varnishes, and polymerized oils.

If you are already involved in woodworking you would have used or at least heard of these oils. The only problem that you will face with these finishing is that you will need to maintain it more often than the other finishings.

This maintenance is required as the oil finishing leaves a thin layer of coating, when compared to other finishings. This thin layer protects the furniture but not as properly as the other strong finishings.

But the good part of this finishing is that you don’t need to remove and scrap out the old finishing before coating the fresh one. All you need to do is spray any of the oil finishing you have, to get that beautiful luster and protection back.

Now let me explain you the whole process in detail. First you need to clean the wooden piece with a piece of wool dipped in mineral spirit. This will remove all the dust as well as the old finishing. 

After cleaning your furniture apply a heavy coat of oil finishing all over the piece and let it rest there for a few minutes but make sure that the piece stays wet the whole time.

After that, wipe of all the excess finishing from the wooden piece. Let the furniture stay like that for a night.

Apply the finish as soon as you find the coat looking dull. The oil coating not only brings luster to your furniture but also removes the small scratches that usually appear on old furniture.

Our Brief History…

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In the corner of my workshop sits a little blue bench. Despite the flurry of activity in the shop, the bench never gets moved. Nearly every day one of my five precious children perches on the bench to chatter about a discovery, question me on a million different topics, or ask if I want help with my work. My wife rests on the bench for a moment to fill me in on her day as a busy mother. Good friends stop by and sit on the bench to chat – or to ask if they can borrow a tool!

Over the years, that blue bench has come to symbolize time with family, friends and the familiarity of my favorite things. Woodworking is not a job for me – it’s a love, an art, and a skill developed over time.

Everything You Need To Know About WoodScrew

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For a wood worker challenge comes when he has to make a long lasting Outdoors furniture.

Wooden furniture that has to be used and kept in the natural environment must be strong and eligible to overcome all the troubles, which come with the changing environment.

As we know wood is a very sensitive material and reacts quickly to the changing environment and this single trait of wood establishes challenges for a woodworker.

Today we will not talk about wood but about the screws that are used in making furniture out of wood. These screw too have to face challenges, when they are used in the making of outdoor furniture.

I hope this article helps you to understand, everything about woodscrews.

Screws may look small but they play a very important role in the life of furniture. They do what cement does to bricks.

That’s why it is important to know how you can provide a stronger and longer life to your wood screws.

If you are planning to make outdoor furniture than I would recommend you to use non-ferrous screws. And if you are thinking, what non-ferrous and ferrous screws mean then here is the answer for you.

Screws made up of metallic material like iron are called Ferrous screws where as screws made up of non metallic material are called non-ferrous screws.

Ferrous screws are inexpensive in comparison to non-ferrous screws but they can rust very quickly when exposed to moisture that’s why they are not an option in context of outdoor furniture.

But is you still want to use ferrous screws then you can buy the screws made up of stainless steel.

They have been recently introduced in the market. They are very good in preventing rust and are also not very expensive. These screws look almost identical to the zinc-plated screws.

The other metallic screw that you can use in your outdoor furniture is the one launched my McFeeley’s. These screws are very strong and rustproof due to the number of anti rust coatings applied on them.

The above two ferrous screws are stronger than the Zinc plated one and are said to stay perfectly well for at least 500 hrs., which is a lot more than the 100hr provided by the Zinc plated Screws.

My Moving Wood

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As Seasons are changing the shape of my timber is also changing, especially in monsoon. I find this very frustrating, after all the hard work what we see is the door we made a few months ago has swelled up and cannot be closed anymore as well as joints have opened up. 

As a woodworker I know all this is natural but still not acceptable to me. That’s why I decided to note the change in the shape and movement of my timber pieces. Through out the season I noted the different sizes my woodwork changed itself to and then I analyzed the report. And I finally found an answer to prevent this transformation from happening.

Changing with the environment is one of timber’s character, so what should we really do to prevent it from getting all swelled up or shrunk, here is the answer.

Make a report like I did of the wood you generally use to make your furniture and use that information while making your furniture, this way you will know how much your wood expands or shrinks with the change in the environment.

Wood is like sponge it expands due to the absorption of moisture with the increase in humidity and shrinks with the decrease in humidity, due to the decrease in the moisture present inside the wood. Your project must be designed to stand all the season changes or else it will not be of any use.

There are few more ways my friends shared with me regarding how to prevent your project from swelling up or shrinking. Some of the ways are mentioned below.

One thing you must remember while trimming a cabinet with molding, that is the molding should never be glued across the grain of a solid wood panel, such as the quarter round molding under the top panel on our Pie Safe.

A solid panel usually changes the shape through its width while the strip of molding changes very less through its length. If you have glued the molding with the panel and if the width of the panel changes, the Glue joint will simply break and this will loose up the molding.

On the Pie Safe, we didn’t glue the molding to the strong top at all. That would have avoided the top from expanding and contracting. Rather, we pushed the molding up tight against the leading and nailed it to the frame that had the side of the Pie Safe.

The stiles of the side frame are very narrow and this allowed a little movement. But that is totally fine as there’s enough “give” in the brads to allow some movement while keeping the molding in place.

How To Make Woodworking Easy – A Small Guide For Beginners

Woodworking is a very beautiful craft; it allows an artist to give life to his/her creativity. Woodworking helps you in giving tangibility to your imagination.

Woodworking is a very personalised craft; woodworkers need a great degree of skill for making mesmerising work pieces.

When you are new to woodworking there are a number things that are difficult to understand and do that’s why we created a small guide that will help you in making woodworking simple for the initial years. However, make sure that you have got you gear right.

Here’s my quick list of tools that I personally use and recommend:

  1. Bosch 1617evspk Router
  2. Bosch Ra1181 Router table
  3. Bosch PS31-2A drill
  4. Dewalt DW735X Planer
  5. Klein mm500 multimeter

I hope you guys find this article interesting, I will me happy to solve your problems and answer your questions.

Never Give Up

No matter how complicated things look in the beginning, everything will be picture perfect if you give time to the skills. Nothing is impossible and never will be but only if you give time to the things you dream of achieving. Woodworking needs time and will.

Great woodworkers have given many years of their life to this art and they never give up, no matter how difficult things may appear. Giving up is simple equal to taking a step back, push your self and try to solve the complications you face.

Make Mistakes

Don’t be afraid of failing, the more you fail the more you learn. Mistakes are a great way of learning. When you make a mistake, you are able to understand, which action of yours caused it and this helps you in preventing that same thing from happening again.

The inventor of bulb, great Edison quoted the famous line “I have not failed, I just found 10,000 ways that don’t work”, the essence of this quote simply proves that Making mistakes is a way of learning and you should never be afraid of following it.

Small Powerful steps

For being good at woodworking, you don’t have to spend Hrs. in your workshop. Small significant steps will lead you to the path of success.

Keep things as simple as possible, investing in big machines and complicated plans in the initial years, will only make things miserable for you.

Start with buying small and simple to use tools and try to complete little projects that do not require Expertise for their completion.

Always Do Your Research

No matter whether you are going to buy timber or screw driver, it is very important for you to research first. Apart from shopping, Researching is also crucial before starting up new projects. Internet is a great place and you can find answers to almost all your questions.

Great woodworkers too research, even after practicing woodworking for so many years because they understand that there is always something new to learn.

By following these three tips you will be able to make woodworking easy for you. Our great team of woodworkers has suggested these tips. By practicing these simple tips, you will be able to refine your woodworking skills in no time.