Bosch CRS180K Review
Oct18

Bosch CRS180K Review

The Bosch CRS180K 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Reciprocating Saw is a compactly designed saw that comes with plenty of power. It easily gets into tight spaces and being lightweight, the user won’t get tired even while working for extended periods of time. It is perfect for construction workers and DIYers who love to do their own home projects like building a deck or making fence. What you should look for in a Reciprocating Saw? Reciprocating saws are mostly used for rough cuts and demolition purposes. Since their motors deliver immense power to the blades, they can easily cut tough materials like metal, masonry and wood. While these are often used in construction, plumbing and electrical industry, they have an important role to play in woodworking also. The Bosch CRS180K is one such reciprocating saw that can handle hardwood 2x4s and 4x4s. It is easy to control it on thinner wood. There is minimal splintering. However, as the blade grows old, you may witness some splintering. The blade change is quick and simple. You can simply turn and pull the old blade out and push the new one right in. Click here to read more… Features of Bosch CRS180K – The CRS180K weighs 6 lbs and its dimensions are 18.5 x 10.8 x 5.1 inches. This means that this reciprocating saw is not only lightweight, it is compact also, which in turn translates into the fact that the saw offer less fatigue to the users. – It has two speeds – 0-2,400 and 0-2,700 spm and its stroke length is 1-1/8″. This feature allows you to adjust the speed of the saw according to the material you are working on. Moreover the 1-1/8″ stroke length lets you remove more material per stroke. A longer stroke depth of 1-1/4″ or more is great for faster and aggressive cuts. In case you are looking for plunge cuts, you should get a tool that delivers shorter stroke length (e.g. 3/4″). – There is a Lock-jaw blade holder system that helps in easy blade change. So the blade change is quick and simple. You can simply turn and pull the old blade out and push the new one right in. – There is a variable speed trigger. Easy Portability The Bosch CRS180K is perfect for those who need freedom. Since it comes with 18v lithium ion batteries, it offers enhanced portability. It eliminates the need for carrying those bulky portable generators to the job sites that you have to when you are carrying the corded counterparts. Comfort and Maneuverability  Comfort is yet another factor that is important while a reciprocating saw. Bosch CRS180K offers its users reduced fatigue. While a corded...

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How to Start Your Own Home-Based Woodworking Company
Oct04

How to Start Your Own Home-Based Woodworking Company

Many people want a home based company because they have been laid off their job, or simply because they have a hobby that produces a product and they find other people want the product.  Woodworking is one such hobby that can turn into a great money making business.  Most people don’t just wake up one morning and decide they are going to start a woodworking business, generally they figure it out gradually because they have made some pieces that their friends like and are encouraged to make similar pieces to sell.  They start making them and selling them, and find out that this is turning into a nice little side business.  It’s a terrific start because it is a hobby that begins to pay for itself over a period of time; however, people need to know how to start your own home-based woodworking company and not just wake up some morning with a great idea. Business Plan Most experts recommend that the business plan be put into place first, and generally that’s a great idea.  However, before doing the business plan, make some of the products and see how they sell, and just how popular the product is because it may be a great fad for five minutes before the next hot product comes along, and the creator is stuck with hundreds of pieces that can’t be sold.  The products have to be easy enough to make, durable, and affordable (at least enough to cover the expenses of the materials needed). Once it’s discovered that these woodworking products are popular, then start setting up the business plan.  Many cities require licenses or permits in order to operate a business out of the home, so call the local business development office to determine if the area is zoned for a home business.  Then if the state charges sales tax, then get a sales tax certificate allowing the collection of taxes on the products, and set up an account with the state to remit the taxes collected. Many people would rather create an LLC than a sole proprietorship because of liability issues, but that takes money to prepare the articles of incorporation.  Payment options need to be considered, a bookkeeping system has to be in place, and this all takes additional money that takes away from the funding necessary to purchase the materials to make the products. Another step is to write a marketing plan.  Figure out who the target market is and determine how much they will be willing to pay for the product.  Consider the magazines they purchases as well as newspapers and on-line markets along with social media. ...

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Solid Wood Cabinets Design Ideas and How to Build Them
Sep24

Solid Wood Cabinets Design Ideas and How to Build Them

The question that you should ask yourself about your house is that whether it is warm, comfortable and appealing, or does it have a cold and uncomfortable feel to it? If your home feels cold and uninviting, it is probably due to the furniture that you have. This is one of the roles that furnishings play in your house. Hence it is important to be very clear about what kind of furniture you want, what the designs are that you want to incorporate and whether your furniture is useful to you or not. The material that you can trust most when it comes to furniture is wood. Solid wood cabinets give an unparalleled appeal to your home. These solid wood cabinets are elegant yet chic, intricately designed yet trendy, and they fulfil all the possible purposes of cabinets. What more could you ask for? Kitchen cabinets Kitchens are rightfully called the heart of the house, and they are the energy hub of the house. The kitchen is the area of any home where the most activity takes place. Therefore, you will want to be sure that the décor of your kitchen is nothing less than perfect. So what is the shape of your kitchen? Is it U-shaped or L-shaped? Solid wood cabinets for either shape differ a bit. For example, if you have a U-shaped kitchen, you can have large door cabinets, as your storage space will be more substantial. However, for L-shaped kitchen cabinets it is better to have narrower doors. Here are a few more design ideas and tips for all those who are thinking of redecorating their kitchens or just making a few changes in style. Material: choosing the material of your cabinets is one of the most critical decisions that you make. There is a wide range of materials that you could choose from but solid wood is by far the best option available, and here’s why. These cabinets are made and finished entirely with solid wood. Solid wood, including oak, maple, cherry, and walnut, is a high quality material. For traditional kitchens, you can use dark wood like mahogany, walnut, cherry or ebony, but if you want to give a more modern look to your kitchen, lighter woods such as maple or light oak are ideal for you. Solid wood cabinets are available for all kinds of decor. Apart from the luxurious look that solid wood offers, it also surpasses other cabinet materials like metal that can be both expensive and heavy. All accidental dents and scratches are clearly visible on metal cabinets. These problems are overcome by choosing solid wood cabinets. Construction: if...

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Cost To Install Hardwood Floors
Sep12

Cost To Install Hardwood Floors

If you have a house and would like to have a hardwood floor installed, it is important to put in place a number of things in order to achieve the best results. As such, the cost of this installation may vary according to the type of material you intend to use and who you intend to contract for the job. Rates for installing wooden floors differ depending on the state of the existing floor. Although it may not need a lot of preparation before having your hardwood floor installed, it is obvious that you will need a good amount of money to install a 1,600 sq. ft. floor. Generally, there are two main types of hardwood that can be used and which are compatible with most concrete floors: snap together and glue down. If you have basic skills in the use of an electric saw, then these two types of hardwood are DIY friendly. In this case, if you feel you can save some money by doing it on your own, the most appropriate and easiest is the snap together type. What you may be required to do is to employ a moisture barrier over the concrete floor and embark on the task of laying the floor. The tongue and groove system will hold together the pieces of wood. In all this work, the only place you will be required to cut your wood will be at the sides of your room in order to allow the wood pieces to fit well in each row. The only difference between snap together and glue down hardwood is that the latter requires you to smear glue on the concrete while fixing the floor and that you will not be able to move the floor once it is fixed. Flooring systems differ with the kind of wood type used and this is what influences the cost. For glue down flooring, especially if you have a contractor supplying it, you should expect to part with between $8 and $12 per sq.ft. Thus, if you intend to install a 1,600 sq. ft. wooden floor that has numerous angles, then your installation costs may vary significantly. The actual installation price for snap together wooden floors varies by $2 and $10, or in some cases this can be higher. If you are intending to contract someone for the job, there is a likelihood of spending $1 per sq. ft. more on installation. According to statistics, installation costs of a hardwood floor range from $7.97 – $9.91/per sq.ft. This is the latest calculation done and it involves the cost of materials used, rates of labor productivity levels,...

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Factors Involved in Wood Paneling for Walls
Sep06

Factors Involved in Wood Paneling for Walls

If you have chosen wood paneling for walls, then you should know that it is a great way to spruce up your home. It adds depth and dimension to a room and also adds value. Wood panels are available in a variety of sizes and colors. These days, mahogany, zebrawood, or teak panels are very expensive, so you could go for oak, rosewood, maple, pine and red and white oak veneers. There are many benefits of using wood panels in your rooms. They come ready to install, and you can install them yourself fairly easily. Another benefit is that they are long lasting if you maintain them properly. For maintenance purposes you can use a variety of paints, varnishes and stains, which protect the wood for a long time. Cost involved in wood paneling for walls  The usual type of paneling available on the market is the tongue-and-groove type. It has a tongue at one end and a groove cut into the other end. These pieces are sealed together in a way that the seams become invisible. V-joints are another type of joint in which the panels are joined to form a V-shape. The cost involved in wood paneling varies according to the size, style and the material used. They come in a range of $4 to $200 per panel. The typical 4’ x 8′ sheets that you will find in your home improvement stores will give your room a neat paneled look. But they can be imposing. So to get away from this look you can choose smaller panels measuring 2’ x 4’, 3’ x 4’, or 3’ x 6’. Instead of this you can position these wood panels horizontally, which in turn gives your room a spacious feel. Cost is where the difference lies in wood paneling for walls. The typical MDF sheets from your home improvement store will cost you anywhere from $10 to $40 for a 32 sq. ft. sheet. The higher quality wooden panels will cost you more. And if you are looking for horizontal oriented wood panels, you will have to shell out $400 for the same size. If you have decided on the type of wood you want to use for wood paneling for the walls of your home, you might want to install it yourself, as outsourcing it to a contractor will cost you a lot of money. In order to calculate how much it will cost to panel a wall, follow this short and simple process. –       Measure, with the help of a tape, how many square feet of wood paneling you will need. Measure the length and height of...

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