This is default featured slide 3 title
This is default featured slide 4 title
This is default featured slide 5 title
 

Monthly Archives: May 2018

Sanding Diamond Willow Wood

To get started on a diamond willow sanding project, you will first need to make sure you have the proper tools on hand. Gather up items like chisels, scrapers, knives (not the foldable kind), rasps, block panes, and the right grade sandpaper. When accumulating these tools, you need to keep in mind that this is a hand-carving and sanding project that can result in serious injuries if not implemented safely. Basically, watch out for the hand that is holding the diamond willow at all times!

Once you have all the necessary items, it is important to discuss the type of sandpaper you should use. For this type of sanding, it is recommended to go with tri-folded sheets of standard aluminum oxide production paper. Be sure to purchase a variety of grits, including 100, 120, 220, and 320. Although most of the sanding you’ll be doing will require the 100 grit, you may need to purchase all of these to achieve a certain finish.

  • Use a gouge chisel or non-folding rounded blade to remove the bark from the diamonds.
  • Be sure to not cut too deeply into the diamonds, exceeding its distinctive coloration.
  • Traces in the deepest recesses of the diamonds add unique beauty to the final finish.
  • Sand out all areas to your preferred degree of levelness using a scraper, rasp, or other effective tool.
  • Smooth out all areas again to your desired smoothness using sandpaper.
  • Finish with a proper coating but do not use polyurethane.

Aside from artistry and skill, getting the best results from sanding any wood product starts with using quality materials. Be sure you are choosing in-house manufactured abrasives for all your sanding needs in order to cement great results that last.

Make Over Bathroom

A common problem with any bathroom is the layout. You may be thinking you don’t have enough space to go with a larger sink area or more cabinets. The possibilities are there, you just have to be able to see them. Once you begin looking at the options, you can visualise how such changes could make a difference for your own area.

Of course, you can hire a professional to take care of the upgrades for you. They can get the job done in far less time. If you only have one bathroom, you may be worried about doing the work on your own at a slower pace. A professional will be able to evaluate the best bathroom sinks and cabinets for your needs, sharing the pros and cons of the choices out there.

They can complete the measurements for the area, show you examples, and share ideas. They will listen to your input and not order anything until you make your final decision. They can also give you a price for those materials as well as the cost to remove the old items and install the new ones. If you are happy with the price quote, you can hire them and get the job done.

Maximise Space

There is often a great deal of unused space in any bathroom. With that in mind, go with one of the bathroom sinks and cabinets which allows you to maximise the amount of space you do have available. You don’t have to go wider and longer, you can go taller. You can also go with more shelving in the cabinets, so you can stack rather than running out of space in there for your items.

Perhaps a common issue in your household is too many people needing be in the bathroom at key times. With a double sink, bed time and getting ready for school or work can be less stressful. Everyone can have the space to do what they need. It will get the day off to a great start and end it with everyone getting along.

If there are issues that make you wish your bathroom was different, now is the time to make those changes. Don’t underestimate how the bathroom sinks and cabinets offered can help you to make it efficient and lovely at the same time. Such changes make it a practical solution, so you enjoy your home and you are proud of it.

Types of Materials

Look for bathroom sinks and cabinets made from excellent quality materials. They should be designed to stand up to heat and moisture, which will often be found in any bathroom setting due to the showering and water running. Some items look great, but they are made from cheap materials that don’t hold up well. Avoid buying such products as they won’t last for long.

You have the freedom to pick from a variety of colours and designs too with bathroom sinks and cabinets. You can select something simple and basic that never seems to go out of style. You can go with something that accents your bathroom well and adds some nice touches to it. There is also the option of being elaborate and completely updating how that room used to look.

Exposed Brick Wall

Step 1

Protective sheets. As you can imagine removing the plaster from your brick wall is messy work! This is particularly important if you have an old house with the original plaster. Whilst it may seem like a bit of work it is definitely worth using plastic sheets (painting drop sheets are perfect) and taping them to your walls and ceiling to completely seal off the area you’re working in. It is also highly recommended to wear a mask to protect your lungs from the plaster dust, and even eye protection as the dust can easily irritate your eyes.

Step 2

Pretty easy to see what’s next. Simply make a hole the plaster using your brick chisel. This is a good chance to expose a small area of the brick, perhaps somewhere hidden, to see if the quality of the brick underneath is good. Once you’ve created a hole, you can either use the chisel or a small crowbar to remove the plaster. Just tap it lightly to get behind the plaster and level it off. Be careful not to damage the bricks with the chisel or crow bar by tapping too hard. When you get to the ceiling and side walls ensure you neatly remove the plaster without damaging adjacent plaster.

Step 3

Once all the bricks are exposed the next step is to clean the bricks. Some people use acid to do this, but this can be messy and dangerous and not really required. Just some warm water and a sponge should be all you’ll need to clean the bricks. Wipe the dust off with the sponge regularly wringing it in the bucket. Repeat this 2 or 3 times replacing the water between each time until most of the dust has been removed from the bricks. If there are cracks or noticeable holes in the bricks now is your change to patch them with some cement. Small cracks and holes are fine, just ones that may impact the look of the wall.

Step 4

Sealing the wall. Various types of sealer are available for sealing bricks. Look out for brick sealers in particular. You can normally choose between gloss and matt with most people preferring a matt solution as it looks more natural. Follow the instructions on the can for applying the sealer, which normally suggest applying it 2 or 3 times. The sealer will also darken the appearance of the bricks with each coat.

Making Patio Furniture

If you opt for a metal framed patio set, then you will need to source the same type of metal. This will help you with the structure and the soldering process. With metal you will have to solder the pieces together so that it can be sturdy. To begin the process you will need to measure the parts and cut them to size. Make sure that you measure twice to avoid any mishaps with the length of the parts. Place all the parts in the order that you will join them. Double check this. Once you are sure of each part’s positioning then begin with soldering it together. Once the parts are together and you have all your patio seats, you can paint it the colour you desire. The metal patio set will prove to be hard and cold to sit on. For this you can simply measure the seating and back areas so that an upholsterer can make the cushions for you.

The wood option is usually more popular because it doesn’t rust and it is a cheaper alternative to the metal. In most cases, people find unused pallets and use it to create their own furniture masterpieces. With pallet wood you don’t have to start from scratch. You could simply take one pallet as it is, add four small legs on each corner, sand it and paint it to create an outdoor coffee table. You may want to add a glass top for a smooth surface. For the seats you will need to take the pallet apart in order to piece the wood together to make it sturdy. You will need a saw, hammer, nails and glue to achieve this. Again, make sure that you measure the length of the wood so that your patio seats are all the same size and are symmetrical. If you are happy with the measurements, then glue and nail the wood pieces together. You can paint the wood or varnish it for a natural appearance. Measure the seating and back area. Send those measurements along with your choice of material to the furniture manufacturer who can make it for you. That part you don’t have to make yourself, because sewing the cushions can be a bit tricky if you haven’t done it before.