Making a Plumb-rule

This simple piece of apparatus is useful for testing the verticalness of walls, posts and other parts of structures. It can be quickly made out of a 6-foot length of floorboard, planed smooth all over and given quite straight and parallel edges. A line is marked with the gauge down the centre from end to … Read more

Purchasing Timber For DIY Woodwork

Buying your materials Timber is now commercially cut and sold in metric measurements, in centimetres and millimetres – in most countries. However, feet and inches are still most widely used and acceptable in purchasing timber in others. The change-over to metric measurements has also meant that certain sizes (in inches) are no longer automatically available … Read more

Types of Wood For Home DIY Projects

There are two main types of wood, hardwoods and softwoods. With a few exceptions, hardwoods are expensive, attractive in appearance, more difficult than usual to shape and smooth, wear well and take a lovely polish. Many varieties are not available in long lengths. Softwoods are often cheaper. They are easy to cut and smooth, and … Read more