Molding History

So much of our lives are framed by moldings, from the baseboards edging our rich wooden floors, to the wainscoting enhancing our walls, to handsome cornices adorning our ceilings, decorative lintels atop our doors and the ornamental shapes which embellish our most exquisite entryways. Moldings were used in ancient temples, one of the finest examples being Greece’s Parthenon which is …

Which Trees Make the Best Lumber?

The value of lumber is dependent upon its purpose. For instance, softer woods which are lighter weight and more readily available are typically used for construction projects; while their heavier, hardwood counterparts are more commonly used for woodworking. Hardwoods including oak, cherry, birch, teak, mahogany, ash and hickory provide a dense, moisture- resistant woodworking material and come in an array …

Wood You Should Avoid for Projects

Using the right wood for a project can mean all the difference. First off, you never want to use green or wet wood or you may experience shrinkage (and no one wants that), shifting or warping…leading to things like unlevel floors or big gaps in your fencing. Plus, different types of woods offer different structural properties. Consequently, wood that you …

Why Use Wood?

Lumber has long been a favored building material because of its versatility, aesthetic appeal and availability. Wood is also a lightweight, easy to handle and cut building material, making it a preferred choice for contractors. Let’s face it, wood is absolutely beautiful, creating a warm look like no other construction material. Oddly enough, due to its inherent energy, wood can …

What Should You Look for in Lumber

The success of a project begins with the products you use to build that project. Of course, we need the right tools to get the job done right, but – if we’re working with wood – we also need the right lumber. Do you know what to look for when shopping for lumber? The first thing you need to determine …

Wood Finish Types

Varnish is a wood finish popular for its durability; and while you can apply multiple coats for added protection of your wood’s surface, varnish is also versatile, offering sheens from transparent to glossy and everything in between. Although it takes some finesse to get a smooth finish with several coats, once you perfect it, few wood finishes compare. Rub-on oils, …

DIY Tiki Bar

If now isn’t the perfect season to park yourself in front of a tiki bar, I am just not sure what is! So here’s everything you need to know for a do it yourself tiki bar construction project… You can make your tiki bar any size, but a lice sturdy frame can be constructed by using L-brackets to affix 36” …

Density of Wood Matters

Why does the density of our wood matter? A bookcase supports our books, a deck can support our patio furniture, our tables support our food and drinks and our chairs support us. No matter what you are building, from homes to fireplace mantles within our homes, the strength of your wood matters; and research indicates that woods possessing higher density …