DIY Shelving Systems

If your shelving requirements vary and you need the flexibility of being able to move the shelves up or down, or if you need to be able to add cabinets or cupboards, but you are not sure where or at what level, then you need an adjustable shelving system. Basically, most systems consist of metal … Read more

Wood Finishing Tips

When using stains and varnishes, the technique depends on the type of material. Board finishing The plywood facing of blockboard and the surface of pine-board can be stained, polished or varnished without preparation other than sanding. This also applies, of course, to veneered chipboard and plywood, but plain chipboard needs some degree of filling, or … Read more

Basic Woodworking Joints

There are many cases where joints such as the mortise and tenon, used for table and chair legs, are still necessary in spite of modern resin adhesives. However, the strength of traditional woodworking joints is enhanced by a resin bond. Mortise and tenon joint This is used for framed-up constructions including door and cupboard frames, … Read more

Fixing Loose Screws

If a woodscrew becomes loose the best treatment is to move it to a new position, when possible. If a door hinge is pulling away it might be moved far enough for the screws to be driven again into solid wood. When this is done, the old holes should be plugged to avoid wood fibres … Read more

Panelling a Bath

In the last few years of Queen Victoria’s reign it was the custom to have the sides of baths and w.c.s panelled in wood — presumably for the sake of neatness but also perhaps with a prudish notion that nothing naked should be on view. Later, our parents, in unseemly abandon, ripped out the old … Read more

Joining up and adding Door Furniture

Self-locking Joins Some home improvement projects involve the joining of timber. A professional carpenter will scorn to use anything that is not self-locking; that is to say, when one piece is fitted into another it stays put and needs only the addition of adhesive, with or without nails or screws, to prevent it from sliding … Read more

Wood Finishing Techniques

There is a wide variety of ways in which to finish wood — some more difficult than others; the most commonly used methods are covered here. The standard procedure of finishing is to sand, fill, stain (if required), fill Ale grain, restore the colour (these last two stages apply only to wood with open pores) … Read more

Sanding, Filling and Painting Woodwork

Before you can paint or polish the things you have made, the final treatment of the wood and joints must be completed. Sanding This is the basic and essential job. Sandpaper is sold in varying degrees of coarseness. The sheets are numbered; the higher the number, the coarser the paper. Curved surfaces are smoothed by … 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

Woodwork For Women

Traditionally, home woodwork has been man’s province. Today, using modern materials and tools, this need no longer be so. Some of the very best fitted furniture has been made entirely by women. The most important difficulty that seems to face a woman who is tempted to tackle the job appears to be a lack of … Read more

Applying laminates

Decorative laminates are made in a wide range of colours and designs. They provide durable, mostly stain-resistant and easily cleaned surfaces. In addition to plain colours, there is a range of simulated wood and marbled effects, tile patterns and random designs. Decorative laminates are made from several sheets of compressed paper with a core of … Read more