August 11, 2018

Drywall Sticking Out Past Door Jamb - Causes & Solutions

Drywall is a more common technique for the construction of interior walls and ceilings as compared to the traditional lath and plaster. It is becoming prevalent in Europe and the United States as it is less time consuming and easier to install.

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Drywall is basically a sheet of gypsum of the proper thickness that is added to the frame with the help of nails.

However, a fairly common problem with drywall installation is that it sticks out past the door jamb and the windows.



Causes

This is usually because of the neglect of the carpenter to make proper calculations based on the thickness of the drywall to measure the width at which the door jamb should be placed.

This drywall sticking out looks rather odd and ruins the effect of a newly constructed home.

Another reason for the drywall sticking out would be the removal of a wooden panel that surrounded the door or the window at the time of the drywall installation. During renovation or at any time later, you thought of removing it causing the drywall to stick out of the door jamb and window.



Solutions

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There are various tips and tricks with which you can eliminate or effectively create the illusion of it not sticking out.

Scraping

The first and the most common one is the scraping of the excess drywall sticking out.

You may scrape out a few layers of it as long as it is in alignment with the door jamb. The scraped out portion can either be covered with a plaster, or a cast can be placed above it and around the door to give it a decorative effect.

Framing Around

If you do not want to scrape out the drywall, another common method of covering it is building a frame for around the door. It might be a wooden frame or even something made out of Plaster of Paris.

It covers the stuck out drywall and at the same time makes the door aesthetically pleasing.


It's not unheard of to have drywall sticking out past a door jamb, and it's also not particularly difficult to fix. You can simply use one of the strategies above.

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May 24, 2018

Circular Saw Blade Examples

Here's a useful list of different circular saw blades and their functions:

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Can You Really Waterproof A Pool Table?

A common question among pool players is whether or not you can waterproof a pool table.

The short answer is no. There is no sufficient cover that will keep it
immune from the elements.

Can You Waterproof A Pool Table?

If you're wanting to keep your pool table outdoors, I would definitely advise against it. Below, I will go over the possible effects of keeping your pool table outdoors.
 

Warping

Over time, a pool table kept outdoors, particularly in environments with cold winters and hot summers, will warp and lose its straight levels. The balls will start going all over the place and not where aimed.

The wood expands and contracts due to the temperature change during the switch from cool winter temperatures to warm summer temperatures.

Moisture

Another major issue is moisture - it will destroy the table and make the wood have a sticky residue or even fall off.

Waterproof table covers do not work well for this reason. Also, if you don’t use a cover, rain can make contact with the wood and rot it. 

Moisture and heat eventually ruin most pool tables that are placed outdoors. The cloth, the wood and the cushions will be the most affected parts.

Hard to Move

Another problem is that pool tables are hard to move.

Indoor pool tables need to be leveled every time they are moved. Wind, storms, or even snow could make it very difficult to keep the table level.

If moved too many times, it will wear out and can no longer be leveled. 

They are also very heavy and you would most likely need assistance to move it; this would be hard to keep up on a day to day basis.

Outdoor Pool Tables

With all of this said, there is a solution.

There exist specialized outdoor pool tables that are meant to survive harsh outdoor conditions. They are normally made out of aluminum and moisture proof material.

Now, you could make your own outdoor pool table using professional tools (more information about one such cutting tool), but I would strongly suggest buying.

Conclusion

The answer for the question 'can you waterproof a pool table?' is no. As mentioned above though, there is a great way to get around it; you just need to buy a specially made pool table designed for the outdoors. 

They might cost a bit more, but they will last you many years if properly cared for.

You can see some great pool table options right here.

Good luck with your pool table adventures!

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May 05, 2018

Best One-Handed Bar Clamps

One-handed bar clamps are ideal for a wide range of clamping and spreading tasks when you are gluing as well as sawing, drilling, etc.

You probably already know about the most accurate wood cutting solutions (see Carve Your Creation), but what are the best one-handed bar clamps available on the market today?

We go over some of the best brands below:



Jorgensen

Jorgensen bar clamps have been on the market for a long time.

The company is proud of its unique product line that uses steel instead of plastic imported clamps.

Advantages of Jorgensen bar clamps compared to others are:
  • Steel comes with rubber edges, so when you are clamping down a delicate piece of wood, the bar clamps are not going to damage the grain.
  • Rounded wooden handles make it easy to tighten and loosen the clamps.
  • The steel construction is built to last.
Irwin Tools

Irwin one-handed bar clamps are designed for a wider range of uses compared to others: spreaders and mini bar clamps, medium duty clamps, micro bar clamps, heavy duty clamps and so on.

Here's a video about the Quick-Grip XP bar clamp by Irwin:


Different Irwin one-handed bar clamps have different features.

Some of them are of high quality with unique gripping designs, while others focus on heavy work and sustainability.

Irwin leaves the choice of the bar clamp up to you while offering a wide range of products that are specialized for different skillsets.

Bessey

Bessey’s one-handed bar clamps come with a unique design and are available in different sizes.

While most other bar clamps look similar in design, these one-handed bar clamps are made to be able to spread as efficiently as clamping. The design is truly unique as a result.

Bessey is also proud of the technological advancement of their clamps, which have:
  • A very sophisticated technology that makes possible single-hand clamping and spreading of workpieces with up to 445 lbs of clamping force.
  • An intelligent release button.
  • Quick and strong spreading and clamping.
These clamps are made of a two-component plastic. An 18-inch Bessey one-handed bar clamp weighs only about 2 pounds.

Browse the best one-handed bar clamps at great prices here.



 
Conclusion

These are three quality one-handed bar clamp manufacturers, and you can't go wrong with them. They offer a range of options and unique features for customers to get the most out of their purchase.

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April 22, 2018

How To Cut A 65 Degree Angle With A Miter Saw - Simple Steps

When you are trying to cut an angle that is more or less than the swing provided in the miter saw, it’s important to be focused.

Most saws will have their measurements going beyond 50 degrees, while other stop at values less than 50. Hence the challenge of getting it right can only be countered by creating a fence that marks the temporary line.



To both the experienced and starters in the carpentry industry, calculation when getting specific angle cuts away from 90 degrees can be a challenge. This is a short article that describes how to cut a 65 degree angle with a miter saw.


The Approach

To avoid the confusion that can come with operating a miter saw, never focus on the dimension it comes with it since the full design is not meant for carpentry finishing.

When looking for a perfect cut of a 65 degree angle with a miter saw, consider the difference between 90 and 65. Since most of the miter saw is designed with a standard set of 90 degrees, getting 65 straight from the measurement will be a problem.

To make your work easier, note that angles that are off 90 degrees from the miter saw can always be broken down into two.

This video illustrates a trick you can use to cut more degrees on your miter saw:


 

The Steps To Achieving The Angle

Taking the measurements from the given default measurement of 90 degrees, get the measurement of the part that should be eliminated to remain with 65 degrees.

Mark the measurements and the points that you in intend to cut, then set if off the measurement.

What remains after the whole process of eliminating 25 degrees from the main board is the solution - it leaves behind the intended 65 degrees to help solve the problem.

The process will require you to provide the needed support for the board you are cutting due to the perpendicular position to the saw fence. The best way to have this done is to clamp the board so that it doesn’t move, and then let your figures guide you.

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March 25, 2018

All About Tools And Handiwork

It is very important for someone whose hobby is woodworking to know the tools that he uses.

If you are fond of playing or working with tools, then you probably know what band saws are for. This article is all about bandsaws and you will surely learn a lot from this.

It is important for you to know what your tools are so that you will know which ones to use when you have a certain project that you need to finish. For example, if you think that a vertical band saw is similar to a horizontal band saw, then you are definitely wrong.

Note that you can find a great guide along with recommendations for good bandsaws right here.


Difference Between Horizontal and Vertical Bandsaw

Although these two seem to be similar, they also have certain differences.

For one, the horizontal band saw is used to cut larger pieces. It has the capacity to perform this function and it is most commonly used for industrial purposes.

On the other hand, the vertical band saw is used for cuts which require less power. However, it has additional circular and endless blades that can be used to make more complicated cuts.

Depending on what you need, you should purchase the band saw that you will be able to use more.


Not only is a band saw used for woodworking, but it can also be used to cut metal which is why it is a favourite of both hobbyists and industrial workers.

Plastic is another material that you might want to cut using a band saw. Since you can use it for different purposes, you should also take note that it consumes a lot of power.

Make sure that your power source will be able to handle the requirements of this tool so that your work will not be disrupted. You should not be surprised when your electric bill comes.


Blade Type

When working with a band saw, it is also important for you to determine the type of blade that you are going to use. Again, depending on the cuts that you will be making, there are certain types that are more comfortable than the other.

You might need to consult a sales representative or someone who has adequate knowledge on these things for you to be able to know which blade is compatible with the band saw that you are using. For maximum efficiency, make sure that the blade is perfect for the band saw itself.


Other Considerations

There are other accessories that you can buy to make your saw the perfect tool. Also, you might want to match your band saw with a good table so that you will be able to cut well. These things are good investments for you if you are really serious in pursuing a career in wood work.

There are a lot of reviews that you can refer to should you need more convincing in determining which type of band saw to use. Take the time to read these articles so that you will be able to make a good decision.

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March 20, 2018

How to Use a Wood Router

See This Infographic For Details:


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