How To Make A Recurve Bow
Feb03

How To Make A Recurve Bow

People interested in learning how to make a recurve bow often do it to save money by making it themselves, while others prefer to have a customized bow. Whatever your reasons may be, making your own bow is sure to teach you a lot about archery. Prepare yourself: First, get to know the different parts of a recurve bow. For this, look for plans and diagrams that show you how to build your own recurve bow. You can get these online or at a local store or you can find them in a self-help kit. You would need the following to build your own recurve bow: Jigsaw Sander Clamps Bow String Wood glue Measuring tape Paint and Paint Brush The basics: These days, recurve bows are made of fibreglass and laminated wood, with the wood acting as the divider between two laminated sheets of fibreglass. The fibreglass, however, takes on the load of carrying the maximum amount of load while the wooden part carries not more than 10% of the load. If you increase the space between the fibreglass and go in for a thicker wooden core, the bow’s strength will automatically increase. It is important to note here that as the wooden core’s thickness doubles, automatically the bow’s weight quadruples. How to prepare the bow: A recurve bow is one up on the traditional bow because it can throw arrows much farther off than a traditional bow, and with greater force. It may take a lot of skill to make a perfect recurve bow, so it’s good to get started now. Your bow will be shaped from a wooden stave. It should be of the same length as your bow and should be made from strong, malleable and flexible wood. Good choices are maple, hickory, lemonwood and yew. You will need a bow shaping frame, a hatchet, a large file, a vice grip, a tillering stick, a heat gun, a draw knife and a few screw clamps. Make the outline of the limbs and arrow. Ensure that the stave is in standing position and with the help of your hatchet, smoothen the stave as much as you can. While marking, take care that you have the sizes your need of flat and narrow limbs. Choose the position of the handle now. Make sure that the stave bends by laying its bottom tip against your Make sure it will bend by putting the bottom tip against the arch of your foot. Hold the upper end of the bow using one hand and pull the back closer to you. However, don’t pull too much as your stave could be badly...

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15 Easy DIY 2×4 Woodworking Projects
Jan17

15 Easy DIY 2×4 Woodworking Projects

One solid reason why 2x4s are popular is that they are easily available for woodworking projects. This makes them inexpensive to buy and easy to work with. Imagine, they can easily be cut into small pieces or used to make projects of different sizes including furniture. An important factor you should know about 2x4s is that they don’t measure 2×4. In fact, when you see them at home improvement stores, you will find that they measure 6′ x 12′; 2″ thick and 4″ wide in their natural state. After milling, their size is reduced to 1½” x 3½”. Despite this, it’s equally important to know that working on 2x4s are a budget-friendly way of starting out in woodworking. They are also simple to work with, which could be very encouraging for newcomers. However, before you get into building 2×4 projects, bear this in mind: Use your planer and jointer to flatten your wood and ensure it’s absolutely square. You need to do this as the 2x4s you see at timber yards are often twisted and warped, which doesn’t give you good furniture. Uses: 2×4 is generally used to make furniture, but it is also used to make cupboards, and on floors and walls.  It is cheap to buy and is available in sizes of 6 feet-10 feet, which you can easily chop off after use. Here are 15 Easy DIY 2×4 Woodworking Projects that you could start off with: Modern Bench: You can build this practical bench very easily. Begin by tailoring the 2x4s down to the size w anted and hold it together with adhesive and clamps. Once you’ve stained and sealed it, your bench will be one that you can sit on indoors and outdoors. Bar Stools: You can create your own bar stools in 2×4 and assemble them using lap joints. The finished look is sharper than most stools you’d find in any store, and with these you choose the height, dimensions, and stain. And here’s another kind of bar stool which allows for a lot of sawing. You can create a three-legged bar stool that comprises a trio of 2x4s, eight feet long, that are turned into slim leggy bar stools. Wood strips are stuck together to make seats and after staining, the wood grain stands out effectively. Giant Jenga: It’s easy to build a table-top Jenga, despite its small size. Here, instead of making a small table-top, you can build a set of giant Jenga pieces with the help of 2x4s. Only, remember to sand them down and make them all of the same size. Sawhorses: If you’re a woodworking hobbyist or a professional,...

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9 Homemade Laminate Floor Cleaners
Dec23

9 Homemade Laminate Floor Cleaners

Laminate flooring is preferred for its colour choices, low maintenance, durability and price over other types of flooring. However, it loses its shine as time passes, due to dirt and grime building up. You can’t wax this floor as you would a wood floor, nor can you use a soapy product because that will dull your flooring. But you know that if you had a good homemade laminate floor cleaner, it would definitely make a huge difference to the way your laminate flooring looks. How to make laminate floors shine: For you, here are a few ways by which you can get the shine back on your laminate floor: #1. Vinegar: Dip a rag in white vinegar and rub the floor till you get the original laminate shine back. Once this happens, your next step is to clean the floor well. If your flooring has lost its shine due to wear and tear, you will need to use a floor shine restoration product. To clean the floor, vacuum the floor so that you don’t have any dirt particles that could cause scratch marks on the floor. To a bucket of hot water, add 3/4 cup of vinegar. Wet your mop in the hot water and vinegar solution and mop the floor until you get the original sheen of your laminate flooring back. #2. Buff the floor: It takes just a few minutes to buff the floor. You can do this using a mop head or cleaning cloth, or better still, use microfiber cleaning cloths. Continue to buff your floor till you see a pleasant shine. #3. Use floor mats to protect your floor: Instead of exposing your floor to all kinds of abuse, you can protect it by placing mats at the entrance of your home, both inside and outside. You can also ask family and friends to take off their footwear before entering your home. In case you have spills, wipe them immediately. If you have plants that are growing out of their planters, place furniture protectors. #4. Clean the floor thoroughly: Sweep the floor, remove all crusts, pet hair, dust particles or other forms of dirt. Clean the walls and below your furniture since hair and small dust particles have a way of sliding across your laminate flooring. If there’s a slight breeze, any dust and dirt can get dislodged and settle onto your floor and make you sweep it all over again. Use a broom and dustpan or a vacuum cleaner for this. #5. Use ammonia and water: Mix ammonia and water and make a solution of it in the ratio of 1:3. This solution works...

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How to Remove Baseboards
Dec05

How to Remove Baseboards

Are you repainting your room? To achieve a more professional look, it would help if you first take off the baseboards. However, if you try to remove the baseboards of your room with a pry bar, you will definitely damage the drywall and the trim. You might want to reuse the baseboard or replace it, no matter what you decide, taking off the baseboards with care would go a long way. Here’s how to remove baseboards. In fact, this method teaches you how to remove baseboards without damaging drywall: Before launching into removing any baseboards, you need to examine them closely. Look at the edges–your starting point of baseboard removal. Also, check the type of paint on the wall and baseboards. If you try to take the baseboards off the wall before checking the paint, you can damage the wall substantially. Should you be in such a situation, you should pass a utility knife between the baseboard and wall and move it till the end of the baseboard. This will help remove the latex paint but will not damage the wall or even the baseboard. Cut the entire length of a piece of baseboard where it joins up with the wall. Use a common knife for this purpose, taking off any paint and caulk that might have stuck to the baseboards. By cutting the entire length of the baseboard where the two surfaces meet, you will not tear off the paint and paper from the drywall and leave an ugly surface. Drive a six-inch metal putty knife behind the baseboard and twist it while pulling it towards you so that the nails or pins that hold the trim on the wall come loose. Beginning at one end of the baseboard, keep doing this along its length until the entire length comes off the wall. However, you will need a lot of patience as this process is time-consuming. If the knife doesn’t get under the trim easily, tap its handle with a hammer so that the blade sinks in fast. Once the entire baseboard comes off, pull one end of it from the wall. Do this gently so that you don’t damage whatever’s in between, like another wall or door trim. If you find one end of the trim still tight, rock it upwards and downwards until it is free of the wall. If you mean to reset the baseboards where they came from, it would be a good idea to number them or give them some identification to help you reinstate them correctly. Continue this procedure on the next drywall length until you remove all the pieces that require...

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How to Remove Nails From Wood
Nov30

How to Remove Nails From Wood

Removing nails from wood might seem like an easy thing to do, but little do people know that there are so many techniques involved to make it easy and perfect. There are various ways of removing nails from different materials like wood, concrete and metal. Depending on the material chosen to work with and the latter’s age, a nail can be either fitted or removed. So if you are wondering how to remove nails from wood, here are some easy ways to remove them effortlessly and perfectly. How to remove nails from wood Woodworkers use a range of tools that help remove nails from wood with the least amount of effort and damage to the materials in which the nails are set, chiefly wood. These tools include cat’s paws, pry bars, Nail Jacks and Nail Kickers. Cat’s Paws Cat’s paws are usually used to take out nails that are deep inside wood. This tool comprises a circular or hexagonal bar with a curved end that forms a sharp tip and a V-shaped cleft. With the help of the cleft, the tool grips the nail heads. This tool is widely used in demolition work where it can tear the wood surrounding the nail head and causes maximum damage to the wood rather than a pry bar. Cat’s paws are also used along with a hammer. In such a situation, woodworkers should take the cleft around the nail head at not more than a 45-degree angle. After the cleft is planted firmly, the woodworker should pull back the bar and pull out the nail head. Using the hammer’s claw, the rest of the nail can be pulled out easily. Pry Bars Most people use a pry bar to pry the nail upwards in cases where the nail head is not fully embedded into the wood. To get the nail out using a pry bar, the notch on the pry bar should be put into the place just below the nail head. The woodworker should then pull the bar so that the nail comes loose. The pry bar being smooth and flat in structure, it will not cause any damage to the wood, perhaps just a little dent as the nail is removed. Nail Jacks Nail jacks are similar to steel pliers. These nail jacks are so structured that they let woodworkers make points of the nail jack’s puller right into the wood, thereby allowing nails to be extracted easily. With this tool, woodworkers get the required grip and leverage to remove nails effectively. Nail jacks also get right into the wood to remove nails on the wood surface or below it....

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Wood Rot Repair Guide
Nov29

Wood Rot Repair Guide

Rot is common even to the most well-maintained homes. For it to develop, it only needs wood, water and humidity. Wood rot repair is the prime duty of all home owners so that the damage is stemmed. Dry rot is decayed wood caused by a certain kind of fungus that grows in humidity. You can find dry rot on shutters, window sills and run-offs of roofs. Occasionally, it can also be seen on outdoor wooden furniture. To prevent the spread of the fungus that causes dry rot, the wood must be repaired as soon as possible. Fortunately, dry rot is easy to fix once you spot it. With the help of a screwdriver, check all those problem areas which don’t have good drainage like water tables and window sills. Also, keep an eye out for cracked, blistered or peeled paint or any wood that’s darker than other wood around it or has turned green due to the presence of algae. How to identify dry rot Before setting out to get rid of rotting wood, it is important to know if the decay is caused by wet or dry rot. This is necessary because dry rot can travel through timber and other building materials, and can therefore spread rapidly through a building. If you know this, you can take extra masonry measures to treat dry rot in the best manner possible. Here are some examples of dry rot in timber: Wood shrinks, turns dark and cracks in cube shape A humid mushroom-grey skin laced with lilac and yellow patches develop when the humidity is low. Dry rot in the form of cotton wool develops when humidity is high. The mycelium develops strands that turn brittle when dry and crack if bent. Highly decayed wood gives off a musty odour. Dry rot problems Homeowners in cold climates are very concerned about dry rot developing in their homes, as this is a common cause of wood damage in homes. It’s not just a hazard to homes, but if left untreated or there’s a delay in treatment, it can be a health hazard to the residents of the home. Why dry rot should not be ignored A traditional home uses at least 70% timber, so if it has an outbreak of wood rot, it can’t be ignored. However, if left ignored, the entire structure of the home can be threatened as the wood rot grows and develops, ultimately leading to the structure being weakened and it losing its shape. As a homeowner, you can either take this project in hand and stem the rot yourself or call in experts to do the same....

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