Wood Crafts A to Z ………Part 2……M to Z

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M……..Marquetry In Europe wood veneers were being used to decorate church furniture and panels in Italy from the 11th Century, with particularly fine examples being created in Sienna and Sorrento. In France marquetry became extremely popular during the reign of Louis X1V (1643-1715), where Andre-Charles Boulle, a master craftsman, worked in the royal workshops. He used a variety of materials…..brass, silver, tortoise shell, pewter, ebony….to create exquisite craftwork. Companion post  Marquetry – A Medieval Woodworking Craft N……….Natural Wood One of the most attractive characteristics of wood is the huge range of natural finishes that wood offers. Different colours and grains…

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Wood Crafts A to Z …………Part 1… A to L

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Wood Crafts A…….Automata  Making wooden toys, which can be animated by a series of hidden cogs, gears and pullies, has been around for centuries. The amazing contraption featured in this video illustrates what can be achieved by a skilled craftsman….. Catch Me If You Can Companion post Toy Automata To Whirligigs B……..Beads Wooden beads can be very useful in jewelry making. You can color wash and decorate them to create an exciting range of necklaces and bracelets. Companion post Three Exciting Jewelry Projects C…….Carving   The finest examples of wood carving can be found in churches and palatial houses throughout Europe….

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Drill Bits, Glues, Sandpaper for Woodworking

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Use The Right Woodworking Bits, Sandpapers and Glues You can save a lot of time and make a higher quality job if you know which bits to use for a particular job in hand. Common Drill Bits Twist Drills through sheet metal, angle iron and flat iron, as well as rough drilling through many materials including wood. Available in a wide range of diameters.         Brad-point Could be mistaken for a twist bit but has a centre spur and side spurs to stop it wandering off line. Makes clean cuts in wood but should not be used…

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The Characteristics Of 7 Woodworking Joints

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Woodworking Joints Choosing The Right Joint For The Job Before embarking on any project you will have to decide on the type of woodworking joint you will be using. There are seven primary woodworking joints…..Butt, Dado & Rabbet, Tongue & Groove, Dovetail, Finger, Mortise & Tenon and Lap. As we look at each joint you will see which joint is best suited to a particular project. Butt Butt joints are formed very easily, although they are not as strong, or as aesthetically pleasing. as other joints. As the name implies, a butt joint is formed when the surfaces of two…

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Keep Safe In The Woodworking Shop

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Follow These 12 Rules To Keep Safe It’s so easy to become complacent, or say ‘it couldn’t happen to me’ when it comes to safety. Good working practices should become second nature…..never let your guard down. Following these twelve common sense rules will make your time in the workshop much safer and more enjoyable. 1. Appropriate Safety Equipment Should Always Be Worn Continually assess the risks to your health when working in your shop. Some protective equipment is designed for a specific task. So do wear ear protectors when you are using very noisy tools such as routers and surface…

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