Furniture

This savvy guide will teach you how to install laminate flooring like a boss. With today’s advances in wood flooring stains and finishes, cleaning your wood floors has never been easier. The wood has to be clean when the tape goes on. Test the tape’s resistance to sideways pressure before jointing. If I were going to do this all over again, I probably would have tried to have the adjoining edges at least ripped on a table saw about 1/4″, since the edges of the framing lumber aren’t very crisp. Watch out for and pull nails out of material before loading in a car or truck so reclaimed wood will stack better.

It is probably too late, but to fill the gaps between planks you can mix sawdust, of which you apparently had plenty, with glue and fill the holes. Check for square in both directions — across the top of the assembly and from leg bottom to opposite leg top. Run planks though the planer, stripping a small amount of wood from each side as you plane. Wood wants to warp away from the center of the tree (in this case, called cup).

To create this type of joint, a small portion of the wood is removed in a notch from each of the two boards. For instance, the most attractive grain might all be on the heart side of tangentially cut boards, and if I’m making a table top I will use the material this way, ie, figure 3. For a table top arranged thus I usually incorporate a heavy slot screwed bearer on the underside. An alternative to biscuits, splines are narrow strips of wood inserted into slots cut in the surface of a butt joined assembly. Attach the wood to the plywood with slotted screw holes and washers so the top can float.

For example, if the panel is rested directly on the top of a workbench, the face resting on the workbench is quite well protected from changes in RH whereas the exposed face is not. However, the heavier the weight of whatever will be on the surface, the more dowels should be used. Other connections, such as frame and panel or breadboard ends must be left free floating so that the wood can move freely. If you have a jointer, use it instead of a tablesaw to square the edges of the planks.


Ask a helper to hold the leg tight to the inside corner of the gutter structure with the mark at the top of the gutter. Assuming your wood wasn’t warped, cupped, or twisted, you have two possible reasons for your problem. The wood is too soft to double as a cutting board, but we’ll have a section of butcher block directly next to the stove and normal cutting boards available for all of our chopping desires, so I’m not worried about it.

Polyurethane glue did not perform well in their tests; regular wood glue (Type I PVA) performed the best. Here you create a tongue along each end of the glued up panel and insert it into a mortise in the edge of a board that is glued onto each end. Corrugated fasteners should not be positioned with the wood grain as they will split the wood, and they should not be used with hard woods.

There has always been argument whether you should alternate your boards so one has the rings up the other rings down – in the long run I’m of the belief that it doesn’t matter if you properly finish the piece and the wood itself is not wet when you start building. I love the way the wood looks with all of the knots and imperfections, and the tone of the wood is so pretty.

Even if your 90 degree cut is off by a degree or two, depending on how you cut the wood and flip over the pieces, the angle doesn’t have to be 90.00 to get perfect joints. This helps keep pieces flush during the gluing process, and is strong and cheap as fasteners go. Glue up using wood Jorgenson clamps, clean the joint with a damp towel (be sure to cover entire face of glue joint), let cure and sand lightly.

Metal Fasteners Simple wood shelves and rough,” or unfinished, projects can easily be joined by using a number of metal fasteners. If planks are slightly cupped or twisted, have them planed at a local millwork shop or borrow a tabletop planer and tackle the job yourself. Measure and cut your first piece accordingly, using a cut end from the first row if necessary. Reason being if you wipe the glue off with a wet rag it may leave a spot when you try to stain the wood as the glue will not take stain the same as the wood grain. I would cut the grooves in the end of the strips exactly as they do when the join the 2 x 4 pieces.

Martin Goebel (a friend and fellow woodworker) would call me an idiot and tell me to cut all of my wood thick, that there is no substitute and anything else I do is just nonsense. I’ve mainly used it for gluing ‘stuff’ to wood (magnets, speaker grill posts, etc) and have had no complaints (other than how much it expands). These slots can be cut using a table saw and dado blade or a router fitted with a kerf-cutting bit. Wooden decks cup toward the top surface where the water is no matter ring direction which is random on all decks.