Become a carpenter with a router table

All of us have woody works to do, sometime a table, a chair, a door or even a big cabinet. And we think that these things belong to a professional carpenter, not of us at all. But there is a fact that many people like to make their own wooden furnitures by themselves, and the problem with this is that they don’t know how to begin. So, if you are such a person, we advice you to get a good router table which make your wooden work done perfectly. Many people believe that a handle router will be the best choice, but when you have more experience you will see that attaching the router on a proper designed table will make your work more perfect and quickly.

There are many kinds of router-table on sale. One of the best brand you can consider is bench dog router table, bench dog promax is a popular product of this brand. Now all you need to do is get familiar with this device. In the case you area woodworker, this machine is also very useful and necessary which help transform woodworking, particularly to a small shop. In this article, we will guide you some basic techniques of a router table.

Let’s start

Set the table in a suitable height. It means that the height of the router table will allow you to see and carry out your work easily. This depends on your body height, but popularly from 36 inch to 38 inch. The height of the table should be changeable in the case you want to make it higher when you grow.
The insert holding the router must be flat, straight and square with the surface of the table. Most router table have an insert to fix the router in the table. This part can be adjusted and shimmed by setscrew.
The fence must be opened to fit the bit.  It means that the fence opening must be closed as tightly as possible without interfering with the bit. Tearout is something bad when you use router, make a narrow space around the partially exposed bit to reduce this (left figure). The fence must be closed completely in the case of full exposed bit to avoid that the stock dive into the space. (right figure)
The workpiece should be fed suitably into the bit. You should move the stock from right to left and the bit’s rotation will push it into the fence. Always keep the stock between you and the bit. In other word, don’t set it between the bit and the fence.
Use the bearing to align the fence. When you make a full-depth cut, the bearing should be ridden by the stock. And the stock must not be pushed away from the fence. The height of the bit should be adjusted to make a series of passes.
Your acts is easier with wide stocks. You should use wide stocks when cutting molding profiles to keep your hands as safely as possible from the bit.  For a heavier workpiece is also more smoothly. Ripping the molding strip with the wide board is also easier.

OK, these are few tips you should keep in mind to make you ready for a router-table. Now we will go into some popular techniques useful to you:

1. Making a molding

With its large reference surfaces and fixed bit to narrow stock to the cutter, a table-router is most effective in cutting molding. Using handle router you are almost impossible to make such an act.
When cutting molding from thin stock, you can keep your hands safe and make a more beautiful cut by using featherboards to hold the work to the table and fence. You can also mill up wider stock, cut the molding profile in the edge, after that rip it to size on the table.

You should know that each egde-forming bit is suitable to a ball bearing on the shrank to limit the depth of cut. Also, you can cut various profile with a single bit by adjusting its height and set the fence.

2. Making straight cuts

Making cuts parallel to an edge is easy with a router-table using straight bits. In other hand, a router-table is ideal for cutting joinery based on rabbets, dadoes and grooves.

  • Rabbet
When facing down the stock on the table, you can adjust the height of the bit to make various rabbet’s death and manage the position of the fence to control the width, so you no need a bearing-guided rabbeting bit any more.
The importance you should notice is the distance to the outside edge of the bit. If you cut a rabbet deeper 1/8 inch, make sure that the bit height to take one or more intermediate passes.
  • Dadoes

From short stock you can cut dadoes using for shelves or as part of a dado-rabbet joint in light carcase construction. Also, to remove tearout you should back up the cut. With particular design, the router-table is not capable to make too wide or too long workpieces. Because of that, as for rabbets you should make passes again and again for deeper cuts.

To make a dado wider than the bit you can adjust the fence between passes to get multiple widths. But this will be faster with a spacer between the fence and the workpiece. Firstly you make the pass with the spacer in placer, then the second pass without it.

  • Grooves
With router-table and from rather thin stock you can cut straight grooves, such as rails and stiles using as a frame-and-panel door or tongue-and-groove joinery in slats of a cabinet back. You hold the stock on edge use a straight bit to cut a grooves. If you want longer grooves and tongues faster, keep the work flat on the table and center the grooves, then reset the bit height to cut shoulders for the tongues.

Few safety rules to follow while working with wood routers

Whether you are an average or a beginner or an expert woodworker, one tool without which your woodworking experience will not be complete, is a wood router. To make the work piece more spectacular, every woodworker needs this versatile tool. Beforehand, the tool was available as a hand powered tool, but as time flows, it reappears with more power and potential. Now, it’s no longer a hand powered tool, instead it’s a complete electronic tool with immense capacity.

It may not be compulsory for the woodworkers having a wood router in their workshop or collection. But, the series of benefits that a wood router offers is really difficult for them to resist. Creating complicated decorative designs, molding, door panel, grooves or different shape edges get really easier when a router is in your hand. Undoubtedly, this tool can work like magic in the realm of woodworking projects.

Using a Router

Certainly, a wood router is a tool of grave potential which is destined to perform various functions with ease and comfort. Though it has immense potential but it is equally difficult to handle. A router usually consists of a motor, a flat base and very importantly a cutter with sharp blades. Improper handling of this tool may be dangerous. Following a few safety rules is a must while you are dealing with this super-fast monster.

  • Safety first: It really does not matter how busy you are or how many years of experience you have in handling the wood router. It’s the safety first that actually counts. While working with a router, it’s our hands that remain closely in contact with the tool and even at risk. A little careless attitude can be fatal, especially for our hands. Therefore, while engaging with the router, full concentration should be on the tool for avoiding accidents.
  • Wear safety guards:  Not only the hands are at risk, while working with the router. Equal protection should be given to the ears and eyes too. Wood routers generally produce high-resonance sound that even persists even after the router is off. So, don’t forget to wear the ear plugs. For giving protection from the dust particles wearing the goggles is necessary to save the eyes too. If your router does not contain dust collector, wearing mask is also advisable.
  • Appropriate clothing: While working in the workshop with the router, always avoid wearing loose- fitting garments, such as ties, full sleeve clothes, etc. that can be entangled with the cutter of the router and create a mess. Always go with the clothes that fit the situation and can save the body from any wayward pieces of the wood that can come out while the cutter cutting the woods. Extra care should be taken in wearing hanging jewellery on the neck and bangles as they can be easily drawn by the cutter.
  • Feed direction: Checking the feed direction of the router while working is not only necessary, but compulsory. Feed direction of the router should always be opposite to the direction of the cutter. If the cutter rotates clockwise, the feeding direction should be the opposite.
  • Check the router: Check the router thoroughly each time you are approaching to start the machine. Check the settings repeatedly without any hurry for avoiding any accidents.

Wood Routers Are Versatile

  • Check the route bits: Check the router bits before using. Only if the bits are in right condition then it should be approved for further use. Please ensure that the bits are held firmly in the collet. If the holding is not firm enough, it may end up leaving the collet with great force along with causing accidents. On the other hand, if it’s too tight, smooth cutting will not be possible.
  • Environment is important: The best wood router is the one that solely dedicated to accomplishing your job. But, proper maintenance is needed to make your working experience stress free and safe. Don’t operate the electronic routers in wet and dump environment for avoiding accidents.
  • Clean the working area: Your working area should always keep clean for avoiding accidents. Hazard free working space is more secure than the one with various obstacles. Don’t keep anything in the way of the router. It actually reduces the chances of accidents.
  • Avoid intoxicated items: Though it’s not harm for the professionals to crack open a can of beer while working, but it will be highly advisable not to. A power tool like wood routers need to handle carefully. Continuous supervision is needed to make it work securely Having drugs or alcohols will increase the chances of accidents, as we are unable to pay full attention while having these items.

Certainly, wood router is a true friend of a woodworker, but it demands careful supervision. Unless, this useful can turn into a nightmare. One thing should always consider that its you above anything else that matters. Your safety is the prime requirement. Keep your visitors away from the routers. Always store the router in a safe place that is beyond the children’s reach. Have a safe and pleasant routing experience.

Do and Don’t in Woodworking To Sell Them

If you have woodworking as your hobby or those who love to do some DIY with woods, you probably made your woodworking projects just for yourself or you give them to someone as a gift. Then somewhat your family and friends started praising your works, so you thought should I sell any of my works.

Also for those that who wants to jump in the woodworking world just to be their another job to earn money. Well, everyone could sell their woodworking’s projects as long as you really want to do it. If you want people to buy your projects, you must have the things that make you stand out of other woodworkers and other projects that are in the market.

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There are also a lot of things that you could make to sell them. You could make small things like home decoration, such as frames, which is the easiest, or a simple jewelry box. You could also big things like furniture, such as bookcase, shelves, door, table, chair, or even a birdhouse. Another idea, you could make wedding’s gift or merchandise for the guests, might be pretty hard but pretty visionary. Here I will give you some tips so you could start selling them.

Designs

Do. One of the most versatile parts, of course, is the design. Because you make it yourself, you will have the flexibility in the design. People see something first because of the appearance so design is such an important part that would make people wants to buy your projects. You could design it as you want so it will be unique that you can’t buy anywhere else. You have to think out of the box and search for inspiration so your projects would be different from others. What might help you is a software that you could use in your computer so it’s easier to design. People usually use SketchUp.

Don’t. Do not copy other’s work because you just lost the originality in your works that might people don’t want to buy yours because they could buy anywhere else that they trust more.

Quality

Do. You have to buy the best material to make your projects, or at least the best you could afford. People want something that could stay quite a long time. If it’s easy to broke down than people might not buy your works again. Using the best tool could also make the best quality woods. I would recommend to use Bosch 1617EVSPK which is affordable but still a beast tool for your cutting works. Might need to have a few tools and machine to make your works really professional and looks good but you could also build the machine yourself, pay attention that you have to really understand about it before you build it or it would ended up as a mess.

Don’t. Quality is a factor that people search. Don’t use bad materials just to cut down the expense, if a customer’s trust have been broken down because of the bad quality it’s really hard to sell your work’s.

Marketing

Do. Might be pretty hard to market your own works. That’s why you should start selling to your families or your friends and hope that they also tell their friends about your works. In this part, connection is also important the more you know people it becomes easier to market your works. Because now is the internet area, you should really try using it to tell the world about what you are doing.

Don’t. Force someone to buy or tell their friends about your works might not be a good idea. People might lose their respect for you because you force them to do something. A persuasive way might be more likely.

The Bosch 1617EVSPK router

Selling

Do. You have to set your price on the logical and affordable price at first. What I mean with logical price is, it has to suit your material that you are using, the complexity of your works, and the cutting quality, make your works worth the price. Slowly, if more people knew about your works then you could increase the price.

Don’t. Setting your starting price so high might not be a good idea. People haven’t known about your works, you haven’t gained their trust. A customer might not willing to pay for an expensive thing from a new people on that world.

All of these are not an easy work and takes time until your works get noticed by people. Four of those are the essential thing that you have to pay attention to start building your woodworking company. Once your works started to get noticed, always keep the design unique, the quality high, do not force people to buy yours, and always keep the price reasonable. If you always do these, than your customer would always love to buy again from you.

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Some tips about painting for decorating house

Most people say that the house express the characteristic, mind, emotion of owner.  Actually, a dark, dirty house will make you be bored, tired. Conversely, a spacious and beautiful house will bring energy and optimism, create a calming, relaxed atmosphere. Below is some basic tips to to make sure the painting your house not only responses perfectly the technical requirements but also meet the basic criteria like durability, aesthetics and lowest cost for your home.

Base on user demand

Homeowners usually make decision paint the house base on his demand. The homeowners often refer to some articles which relate to the paint (for example: paint color reviews, painting material reviews, airless paint sprayer reviews or something like that). Depending on the purpose is interior or exterior, you can use best paint sprayer, best paint brush, best paint roller to make your house become the best beautiful house in your eyes. There are so many situations:

1. New house: Have to paint as a matter of course.

2. Old house: Repaint because of the following reasons

  1. Repaint periodically: Most in the market, the paints are guaranteed from 5-7 years, however in fact when using, only about 4 or 5 years, homeowners have been able to plan to repaint the house. The reason is due to dust on the wall, weather, collision against the wall while moving furniture or children playing out
  2. Repaint the house before the important events. For examples: homeowners’s weddings, take place some important parties, Tet holidays…

How To Paint A House Interior

3. The damage is not within the intended: At the time of newal, our house looks perfect, but after a few years, it suddenly appears some bugs as leakings, moist, chapped, After fixing the errors, the house has the stains on the fixed spot. And then, if the owner wants to uniformity, they are forced to choose the solution is changing the paint color of entire house.

4. The upgrading: Like the new building, we certainly have to repaint.

5. The owner wants to change the style of the house: because of boring old style, homeowners want to change to create something new.

Whatever the reason, we should also have a specific, detailed plan to everything is smooth, convinient.

Select the appropriate color

The color of paint include three primary colors : red, green, blue and so many secondary, tertiary colors. The secondary and tertiary colors are created from the mixture of the base color. All paint manufactures have the standard list of color names to meet homeowner’s choices. On the theory, the paint color of the firm basically the same. Actually, the paint color depends on the quality of the paint, the quality of construction and selection paint system of the owner.

Paints are of various kinds, brands but currently type of paint that is widely used is waterborne paint. It has been evaluated as alternatives to solvent-based paints.

Homeowners should identify decorative tones (can ask advice, refer to the selection guides) then based on investment conditions in order to make decisions choosing paint products.

Colors – quality – costs related to each other as follows:

  • Quality depends on the cost, the level of execution of the painter and selection paint system. Considering carefully the same color, quality and cost proportional to each other.
  • The secondary and tertiary color higher prices but not too big.

Coating System

A complete coating system includes:

  • Mastic coating flattening surface: Selection plaster powder based on criteria about adhesion because low quality plaster powder affect durability, construction progress and costs of the project. Maybe add one layer or two layers depending on the choice of the owner.
  • Primers: Primers is used to prevent moisture, prevent alkaline, anti osmosis. Homeowners can also choose 1 or 2 layers of primer.
  • Coatings: Be used to protection and decoration.

Depending on the cost and the need to use, the system can skip step one or two above.

Painting the house

Investment costs

Depending on the owner’s costs, making decision quality, paints and paint systems to suit current finance.

According to the level of quality, water-based paint on the market divided into 3 groups:

  • V.I.P: for examples: Dulux, Iotun, …
  • Pretty: for examples: Maxilite, Expo, ..
  • Average: Several different types of paint less well-known.

Exterior paints are more expensive interior paint for higher technical requirements. Against how to paint the interior of a house, you can refer to the tips on well-known websites to save money.

Painter

If your family has a very good financial condition, you should hire a professional painter, they are experienced, safe construction tools. Rental costs per m2 are not too high.

Choosing paint colors and quality depends on many factors and financial resources paint.

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How to make a beautiful wooden pencil block?

Buying a Christmas gift is always a confusing  and sometimes, expensive too. Why not this time, trying something different. Store bought gifts, though, are beautiful, but lack the personal touch in it. The easy availability, make the gift itself common, instead of special and even a threat for your pocket too. Why not, this Christmas, the gift will be self-made instead of store bought.

I know, you are wondering, how can this be possible, but trust me, it’s far easier than you are actually thinking. I am talking about making a fabulous wooden pencil block for your brother’s reading table.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to spend days after it,  few dedicated hours will be enough to complete the task.

wooden pencil block

Things you will be in need of

To make this beautiful pencil block, you will be in need of few things along with a few tools. But, the best part is that, being a woodworker your workshop already possess those tools, as we are using some basic tools only. So, let’s have a look then:

  • Wood block- 4″ x 6″ x 6″ in size
  • Power sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Power drill
  • 1/4″ boring bit
  • Drill bit
  • Wire brads- 1 box ( #18 x 5/8″)
  • Brass escutcheon pins- 2-3 boxes or as per your need.
  • Hammer
  • Water proof wood sealer
  • Clamp
  • Paintbrush

Steps to follow

  • To make the wood pencil block, firstly, you need a wood block same as the mentioned size. It will not be difficult to get, try the nearest lumber yards and get one. If you are lucky enough, you may need not to buy, you can easily get one of the similar size around the yards. If you are planning to make more than one, get 3-4 blocks at once..
  • To get the lumber of your desired size, cut the board that you have already collected from the lumber yards, using a saw and attain a 6″ wood block.
  • A raw piece of wood used to have rough spots. Use the power sander to sand the block slightly, simply to remove those rough spots. Be careful, not to do a full sand right now.
  • Fix the wood block onto a rigid surface, using the clamp. Now, identify the spots where you actually want the holes to take place. Whether, you want the holes in a regular grid or randomly, the decision is solely yours, but make sure to leave 1″ borders on all sides. Recheck, if the clamp holds the block tight, before heading to drill the holes.
  • Using the small drill bit, make the guide holes on marked places. Now, replace the drill bit, with 1/4″ boring bit and make at least, 3″ deep hole into the wood at the each marked hole. Complete drilling all the holes in the same way as mentioned above.
  • After drilling all the holes, sand down the whole piece of wood. Use the different grids of the power sander, like course, medium, fine and even extra fine- to sand the wood block for having a super smooth finishing.
  • It’s quite obvious, there will be sawdust inside the holes of the block. Turn the upside down of the wooden piece and thoroughly, clean the saw dust. You may notice, the top of the holes still are not as smooth as the other parts of the block. Take a sandpaper and sand the top of the holes. Don’t forget to sand those tricky areas, where reaching hands are difficult. You may glue a piece of sandpaper around the base of a pencil and smooth those areas.
  • Once, you are done with the sanding task, wipe off the remaining dust using a damp cloth. Now, you should have a simple, but beautiful piece of wood pencil block and if you want to keep it this way, raw and simple, coat it with a clear wood sealant and it’s done. But, I prefer, my pencil block a bit stylish too, so, I decorated it a bit. How? let’s see.
  • I have decided to make an organic nail pattern onto it. For doing so, you need to draw a simple pattern on it. Now, take the hammer and insert the nails that you bought before following the drawing pattern. Be sure, you are inserting one at a time. Though the task seems tedious, but after finishing the work, you would love what you have done.
  • You have two different colors of nails, use it wisely, to give the pattern a lovely shape. While buying those nails, make sure, they are not longer then 1″, otherwise, they may penetrate the holes that you have made earlier.
  • After finishing the nail design, it’s time to satin and seal the wood. Though, I prefer water based oak satin for my project, but you can pick the desired one. After that, seal the wood with a waterproof wood sealer. Finally, you are done with your very beautiful and unique wood pencil block.

Pencil Boxes

Conclusion

Your weekend DIY project is completely ready , now you can gift it or keep it for your personal usage. While inserting the nails, make sure you are inserting them straight and carefully, or else, if any, of the nails bend, it will be difficult to remove without affecting the surface. Sealing the wood is only essential, if you are using the block to keep toothbrushes in the bathroom, where it can come into the contact of the water. Or else, you can omit the sealing part too.

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How to Frame Your Bathroom Mirror: 8 Easy Steps?

Among the home improvement projects that you want to undertake as a beginner, framing the bathroom mirror is one of the best. It is one of the simplest and easiest projects you can do on your own without depending on anybody. Let me guide you step by and give you the instructions so that you can do it easily.

It just takes a few hours

As a beginner you cannot afford to work on your first project not more than a few hours. We don’t expect you to spend one week continuously on the project. Even you don’t need to spend the entire weekend on the project.

Then how much time do you think it will take. It just takes a few hours. If you are wondering how much time it takes, let me say it will take at least 5 to 6 hours.

As it is a very basic project in wood, it won’t demand much skill from you. Rather you can learn a lot in woodworking by doing this project.

Mirror Frames for Mirrors

It doesn’t cost much

It is always better to take up a low budget project as your first woodworking project. That’s why we suggest you to go for framing the bathroom mirror as your first project.

It won’t cost you much and I guess it would be less than $50 and nothing more. The tools and materials you need for making a wooden frame for your bathroom mirror, the following are required.

You need a trim molding which is cut to the required length, a level, a hand saw, liquid nails adhesive, a tape, paintable caulking, paint brush and spray paint.

First, start with measuring the length and height of the mirror for which you want to make the frame. It gives you a fair idea about how large a frame you require.

Second, choose a trim which you think is the best for your bathroom. You can also choose to club different types of trim to get a layered appearance. It is your choice.

You can get the molding from the wood depot where then can cut it according to the measurements you have given. Moreover, they do it free of cost.

Third, measure again your mirror and see that you have got the measurements right. Select the wood you want to use for the outer frame of the mirror. Then take the measurements for both the inner and the outer edge of the wood.

See that the corners of the molding should have 45-degree angle. Keep it in mind when you are making it.

Fourth, you must cut a 45-degree angle to the wood by using the miter box and the hand saw. Find the marks you have drawn for the outer part of the cut as well as the inner side. Keep the measurements in mind and do the cutting accordingly.

Frame Your Bathroom Mirror

Fifth, see that all the cut wood pieces are smooth. Use high-grit sandpaper and rub the wood pieces hard. Soften the edges and then use the wood glue to fix the all four pieces together.

Don’t much worry about perfection in fitting the frame. Even if you find some gaps in the joining you can fix them while you are painting the frame.

Sixth, paint the mirror frame in the color you like and that suits the color of the bathroom walls. You may ask whether it is necessary to paint the frame at all. Well, as the bathrooms have humid environment, it is better go for painting them for long life.

You can use the wood primary before you go for painting. You can paint with a brush or you can spray it if you want high-gloss finish.

Colors and hues are absolutely your choice, but a few words of suggestion could be helpful to you. Consider Martha Stewart Living paint as it is one of the best options for interior painting these days. It comes in metallic gold which adds a grand yet refined look to your bathroom.

Seventh, fit the mirror into the frame. Do it properly and see that it fits well into the frame. If necessary you can make small adjustments to fit the mirror right. You can glue each strip of molding in the middle so that they fit well.

Eighth, fill all the gaps if you find any with caulk. Check if the painting is done well. Otherwise you can do the finishing touches by spraying the paints wherever you have fixed the caulk.

Follow the eight steps in the same order and get the wood frame for your bathroom mirror as you want it to be. It is easy to make and you will have the satisfaction of having done one project on your own.

Mirrors Bath room

Precautions:

There are certain precautions that you should follow meticulously. Failing to follow these will result in bad shape or poor quality frame.

  1. Take the measurements accurately. Check twice or thrice before you get the wood cut into pieces.
  2. While you are selecting the trim, see that it fits well to the size and the thickness of the mirror you choose.
  3. Don’t go for a too thick a frame if the mirror is small and thin.
  4. Check the corners when you cut them to 45 degrees angle.
  5. Use the sandpaper and smoothen the wood until you feel it is soft to touch
  6. Fill the gaps in the corners and in the joining with caulk.
  7. Check if the painting is done properly.

How to make a photo frame following few simple steps?

Picture frames are the excellent way of arresting your pricy memories into a frame securely as well as beautifully which you have already arrested in your picture. It’s a wonderful way of keeping those memories in front of eyes all the time. Placing your favorite picture at the corner table of your room, will not only keep you happy, but will give you the chances of cherishing those happy moments again and again.

Though the stores are already packed with different designs, shapes and sizes of wooden photo frames, but making one by yourself will give you the thrill and satisfaction, that those store bought will never be able to give. Moreover, a photo frame itself is an excellent gift that can easily make your dear one’s day more exciting. Here, you will learn to make a beautiful photo frame following some easy steps.

Diy Wooden Picture Frame

Materials and tools

Steps to follow

Step 1

After gathering all the tools and materials, it’s time to start the journey and our first step is selecting the wood. It actually depends on your tastes, you can pick any timber to do the job and the size of the frame will also be determined as per your choice and need. Though, you have the liberty to determine the sizes of your photo frame, but it is advisable to measure the photo that you planned to put into the frame before finalizing the size of the picture frame. The same theory applies in the selection of the glass too. You can buy a new one or use the glass from your old photo frame too, if the size matches.

Step 2

After gathering the basic supplies, it’s time to cut the woods, according to the measurement. You can cut the woods, in two different ways, but firstly, you need to know that you need a perfect 45° angle. You can do it manually using a tenon saw and 45° mitre box, though the quicker option is using the electric mitre saw. While approaching to cut the timber, first test should be done with the scrap woods lying around the working area, instead of the measured timbers.

DIY Barn Wood Picture Frames

Step 3

Measuring the mat is the next step. A mat is a piece of paper or cardboard  border using around the picture inside the frame. To give the picture a professional and stylish look, after framing inside the photo frame, a mat is a must. The width of the mat will also be decided by you. Take the measurement of the image itself and mark it on the mat. Now, double the determined width of the mat and add it to the length and width of the picture. The inner edges of the mat will be equal to the size of the image.

Step 4

After taking the measurement, you need to cut the outer edges of the mat. Recheck the measurement before cutting the mat for accuracy and make sure the corners are perfect in shape. After cutting the outer edges, now it’s the turn to cut inner edges. Deduct small amounts from the original measurement of the image and cut the rest.

Step 5

You also need to cut a secondary frame or a rebate, which will be attached to the back of the first frame to ensure the glass don’t slip away through the opening. It has to be thick enough to accommodate the image, glass and the mat as well.

Step 6

Now, set the previously made pieces of the frame together like a puzzle. Make changes that are needed to fit the pieces and angles properly. When you are done with the setting part, apply glue at the corners and allow them to rest overnight. Don’t forget to use clamps, it will keep the frame tight. Drying up the glue is very important for doing further steps. Now, gently hammer a nail at each corner of the frame, after confirming that the glue dried up perfectly.

Step 7

Glass should be cut to fit the measurement of the rebate. You can take professional help, if you don’t have the tool for cutting the glass. Artificial glass can also be used instead of the real one. They are more durable than the original one.

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Conclusion

All the equipments are in place, your photo frame just needs a final touch. This one is actually the last step of this task. Place the frame upside down, on the working surface. Insert the glass, the image and the mat respectively, and use glazier’s points parallel to the mat for keeping the glass and the image inside. You have finally finished your first wooden photo frame. Isn’t it exciting? You can do a bit more, if you want to hang it on the wall. You just need to put a string at the back of the frame by adding nails.

New Year, New Laundry Room

Doing your laundry is one of the most important home chores people do in their life. If you are out of clothes, you won’t be able to go out and you’re your life. Although some people rather pay for laundry, there are still people that do their laundry alone.

Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. If you rather pay for the laundry service then it will be more efficient so you could do more activity without having to do this chore. But, there is always a risk of when your clothes were lost or faded. It could be cheaper or more expensive than doing your own laundry.

If you do your own laundry, you will add one more thing to do in your home chore’s list. But you will have the opportunity to take care of your clothes. It could also be cheaper or even more expensive rather than paying for laundry service.

Laundry room meets mudroom

When you have a laundry room, it will you more advantage when you have to do your own laundry. But, the room itself, either not located in a strategic place or it’s too small or are not well decorated. Some people have their laundry room in the basement, in their rooftop, in their balcony, or even in the garage and probably alongside those woodworking tools like wood router and friends.

Because doing your laundry is just another thing to do so you have to make the laundry room more friendly, not boring to look at, and, of course will make you feel comfortable while being there. What you can do is by decorate them. Here are the tips to decorating your laundry room.

  1. Improve the laundry room’s layout

No matter what size is your laundry room, what’s important is that it has to have all the things and the machine you need to do your laundry, but there are still a lot of spaces to move around. So you have to design it as efficient as possible and as less consuming as it could be.

  1. Use an efficient laundry storage

The first thing to save spaces for you to move around is by using a laundry storage that doesn’t take too many places. The choices are the wall-mounted storage or a cabinet with a lot of drawers.

  1. Use moving laundry cart

When you use a moving laundry cart, it will give you the flexibility while you move around when you are doing your laundry. You could also use the moving laundry sorter.

  1. Use the right hampers

Hampers is where you hide all of your laundries. There are various amounts of hampers in terms of color, model, size, materials.

  1. Lighting

Enough lighting would help you feel comfortable being in your laundry room and it gives more friendly vibe. An energy saving light would at least brighten up the room. Of course, you could add more. Besides to brighten up the room, the lighting could be used as a decoration.

  1. Ceramic floor

This is the perfect floor. It’s easy to maintain, easy to clean up in case you spill water on it, and there are a lot of beautiful designs that you could choose for your laundry room. Even though you love the wooden floor and you have the one that you made it yourself using you newest wood router, that’s just not the right one.

  1. Colorful wall

This is what will really brighten up your mood while doing the laundry. It doesn’t always have to be a wallpaper with a complicated pattern. You could just paint the walls with the color that you are happy with.

Elegant laundry room design

  1. Add small ornaments

Small things could add beautiful touches to the room. You could add indoor plants, or maybe bought cute things like unique hampers to please your eyes.

Having a well decorated and nice looking laundry room would at least reduce the laziness you have to do your laundry. The most important thing besides that is that the room has to have an efficient working space and still have the spaces for you to move around. If there is no space to move around, it will be hard to iron the clothes, put the dry clothes, put the dirty clothes, etc. There are a lot of great laundry room’s designs out there.

Television, An Endangered Species?

Samsung Smart TV

This is a question to all of us. Is television really are going to be endangered real soon? I know the market are still selling a lot of television, different brands, different feature, and different range of prices. I know that maybe all of you have television in your home. But, let me ask you, do you really watch it for more than 5 hours a day? I doubt that, except for the old generation and little kids. Even kids these days might not watch television as often as I watched it when I was younger 10-15 years ago.

This is the era of internet. Television itself, have grown in so many factors to make people still interested in them. But the price is decreasing each year, even though the features are getting much more hi-tech. There is a feature in TV nowadays that makes TV also get along in this internet era, it’s called smart TV or hybrid TV that could connect to internet so it gives you the ability to surfing the internet on your TV. The size itself also getting bigger and bigger to make people more comfortable watching it. The picture’s quality also getting so much better, before the 3D TV was so popular and now the 4K TV are the diva right now. Most of the 3D and 4K TV are expensive and not anyone wanted that feature so only a few who would really bought it.

TV still got their audiences and there are still people who buy TV but the thing is, it’s just decreasing every year. In my country, Indonesia, those who still watch TV are from the lower class of society, because of economic conditions, and other digital’s entertainment are mostly expensive, so TV is their only entertainment. This also applies to those who lives in the inland.

Another audiences of TV is the old generation, for some of them internet is quite hard to learn how to use it, so TV is probably the easiest entertainment for them, just click the remote control and you could change the channel. My grandfather and grandmother still watch TV whenever they are home. Also children, they watch cartoon a lot. But nowadays, they even more into smartphone than TV.

No time

For those who is a teenager to middle aged people, maybe they have no time to watch TV. Teenagers these days are so keen to the internet. I bet they only watch TV for several occasions, such as, an award show (Grammy, Teen Choice Awards, a football match, and sometimes movies). Those who works, mostly wasted their time in the office and road since traffic jams is getting crazier each days, well unless you walk though.

Move to laptop, internet

No doubt that people worship the internet now. They depend their life a lot on internet, to get a job, as their income, to do their work, or just having fun. There is also one thing that people change into the internet, that is the way people watch TV.

Samsung Smart TV Hack

As TV now become less useful and people rarely use it, laptop is everywhere. People could use laptop for work, while you can’t use your TV for work, people also watch their TV from laptop. With the help of internet, those TV’s content, every show, now available online. You could do for what it is called streaming and you won’t miss a single episode. You can watch it whenever you want and wherever you could, if you watch it from the television, then you have to wait for its airing time. If you miss it, then the TV won’t wait for you. Basically, you could watch any show you want in the internet. Watching your favorite show in the internet gives you more flexibility because you are the one who choose when and where to watch it, the opposite of TV. Laptop also become more useful than TV so people choose to use laptop more than TV.

The media industry

The question is if people move over from TV to laptop and internet, then how could the media industry, the television industry are still going strong? Well, as I said before, not like there is no one in this world who watch TV, they still have their audience but it is getting smaller each year. So they still get an income from ads but not as much as it used to be and probably the ads will accustom themselves to the TV’s audience now. Most of them also move to the internet world. Now you could live streaming a TV station through your gadget, smartphone or laptop. Live streaming makes you could watch TV on the same time as the airing time, but not through a TV.

The content

Media nowadays make their content through what their audiences wanted. If a certain type of a reality show got high ratings then they and probably other TV station would make something similar so they would still have their audience. Not gonna lie, the TV content nowadays is not really worth watching either. That’s also the reason I stop watching TV now.

Sony 4K TV

Then you might ask, then if I want to move to a new home or apartment, I could not buy a TV since we barely use it? Or I could just sell my TV now as some people said that the after sales price of a TV is still pretty high. Well, actually TV also has their advantages. It is clearly the big screen. At least they are bigger than a usual laptop screen.

Sometimes I find that watching on my laptop is quite tiring because of the small screen so I need to watch it on TV. You could connect your laptop too to your TV. But to buy or not to buy it depends on whether you would really use it or not. If you still at least need it then I think it is better to buy it. But the answer is yours.

Eight Wood Working Tools You can’t Do Away with

As a professional carpenter with more than fifteen years of experience, I have got some ideas about what tools you need to have to make a perfect piece of woodwork. If you are keen on what makes a perfect piece of wooden furniture, I strongly recommend you to go through the article.

There are many tools that a woodworker needs. What tools you need much depends upon what furniture items you are making. Though you need to have all the tools in your kit, sometimes, you need to have specific tools to make a particular piece of furniture.

Wood Routers

For example, you are asked to make a table with elegant look with fine quality wood and then you can make the table with the tools in your kit. But if you are asked to create a table into a fine artistic piece with intricate designs, then you must have the wood routers with different bits.

Using a Router on Patterns

Wood routers come in two categories. There are fixed base wood routers which allow you to hallow the wood exactly where you want, and precisely to the depth you require. There are plunge routers which ensure creating fine artistic designs and beautiful curves to the edges.

Router Bits

When you are buying routers it is important to consider how you can put it to the best use. You can increase the versatility of the router by adding the routing bits in your tool kit. Router bits can help you in cutting different shapes in the wooden pieces. They are very useful in carving the beautiful designs and edges. As you know it well, it is the edges and the finish that add beauty to the finished product.

Right Saws

Among the woodworker’s most important tools, saws are the most essential.  There are different saws that serve different purposes.  For example, circular saws which make your task of sawing very easy. You can choose between circular saws that have cords and the other types cordless.  You also need reciprocating saws, portable band saws, jig saws and table saws.

Quality Sanders

Next to saws you also need sanders to smoothen the surface of the wood pieces that you have cut. Sanding the wood is one of the crucial tasks of a woodworker.  Power sanders are the best ones as they make your job easy, quick and smooth.  There are belt sanders, sheet sanders, spindle sanders and sanding discs that help you sand better and faster.

Perfect Planers

To make the surface smooth and soft you need to have excellent planers. It is the good finish that plays a key role in woodworking. Unless the finish of the product is not good, it will not appeal to the people. You need planers to make the wooden surface smooth and nice.  There are planers of different types that suit a variety of purposes. A bench top planer is the most useful and convenient one. Stationary planers, hand planers and planers without cords serve your purpose well.

Hitachi Wood Planer

High Performing Drill Presses

To make drilling into the wood you need an excellent drill presser. It is one of the most useful tools in a woodworker’s tool kit. Without this basic tool, I should say, your tool kit is incomplete.

It is a difficult exercise to make holes in the hard materials. Drill presses are used to make holes and join the different wooden pieces together with screws and bolts.

A power drill press certainly much to offer to reduce the work of the wood worker. You need not exert much pressure to make holes in the hard wood. The power drill press can easily accomplish the task within minutes.

When you want to drill a particular piece of wood, you can bring that on to the drill press table and do the work conveniently. You can adjust the clamps and fix the object you want to drill without moving.

For honing, sanding and polishing also you can get the benefit by using the drill presser properly. Of course, you will get a variety of drill pressers in the wood working tools shop where you can gather the tools you need. They are: bench top drill press, stationary drill press, floor drill press and magnetic drill press.

Avoid dust problem with Dust Collectors

While you are doing the wood work, it will produce a lot of wood dust. It is important to plan how you can collect the wood dust. Dust collectors do a great work in keeping your workplace clean and without much dust.

Different dust collectors are: Air filters and systems, vacuums, and dust collection kits.

Essential Accessories

Usually, we neglect to take the accessories as they are additional parts. But we need them most when we are doing our work in a more convenient way. You need to have clamps of different sizes, drill bits, screw drivers of different sizes, etc.