Archive for September 29, 2016

American Wood: understanding types and uses

American wood falls into three broad categories; Hardwood, Softwood, and Tropical Hardwoods. All three types find a use for building purposes. Hardwoods are technically referred to as deciduous trees, which means they shed their leaves annually. Hardwood trees have broad leaves, produce a fruit and are dormant during the winters. Different varieties of hardwood trees…

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Try a Drafting Square

Use a drafting square for more accuracy When you need an accurate square in the 2- to 3-ft. range, your options are limited. Drywall squares are notoriously inaccurate and cumbersome. Carpenter squares involve that nagging hassle of having to hook them onto the edge of your workpiece. If you have a drafting square lying around,…

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No More Glue Stains

Use tape to catch excess glue To prevent stains caused by oozing glue along joints, clamp the pieces together without glue. Put tape on the joint, then cut along it with a sharp blade. Separate the pieces, apply the glue and clamp them together again. The glue will ooze onto the tape, not the wood.…

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