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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15 Exciting Ideas For Wooden Christmas Trees

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Wooden Christmas Trees Which Use Recycled Materials Here are lots of ideas for wooden Christmas Trees you can make at home. I have not included detailed instructions, just the basics, as I’m sure you can design them yourself now that you have seen the concept.   The Shelf Tree The basic dimensions are….. Overall height  32″ 6″ between shelves 21″ wide at bottom Made out of 3″ x 1″ or 4″ x 1″ A ply back gives more stability The Dowel Tree All you need is two diameters of dowel and a circular ply base. Great for displaying your beautiful…

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The Characteristics Of 7 Woodworking Joints

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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 pieces of…

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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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Wooden Jewellery – An Introduction

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Wooden Jewellery….Creativity and Innovation At Its Best Making wooden jewellery is a highly creative and profitable craft to engage in. Wood is such a versatile material and so easy to work. There are two broad categories of wood……soft and hard. A softwood such as pine, Douglas fir, redwood, cedar and yew have a lower density than a hardwood. Hardwoods used in wooden jewellery are sycamore, boxwood, cherry, oak, walnut, maple, apple, pear and plum. Many of your customers will enquire whether your products come from a sustainable source, which is being replenished as quickly as it’s being used It makes…

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15 Small Woodworking Projects

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Start With These Smaller Woodworking Projects I have selected a wide range products you can make without a large workshop and with minimal experience or equipment. What’s more these suggestions not only make great Christmas presents, but also save you lots of money. In The Home   This is a straightforward project if you can find a real barrel. You will find full instructions by opening this link.   This is a cheeseboard which has been personalised as a wedding gift. You can refer to this post  to learn how to cut the letters, This board has been made from…

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