Solid wood, veneer or laminate - Differentiate like a pro

How do we so easily know what is laminated and veneered. I mean, hardly a look and the experienced eye will, dismiss laminates, glance once more at veneered and admire a solid wood piece.

Screwing: All you need to know

Screws are one of the main metal fasteners used in woodworking. The other is the humble nail. But screws hold better, stronger and longer, they can also be removed for when the piece needs to be dismantled. But the screw isn't exactly simple. And to buy screws takes a certain lingo. 

Gun Foot vs Cft vs Board Foot - Clearing the air

Gun Foot vs Cft vs Board Foot - Clearing the air

The guy will pull out his calculator and do some heavy division and then he will do some multiplication and then some addition, notice that he never does any subtraction and he will come up with an astonishing amount.

Timber is sold by volume, not area like plywood, laminate or other sheet goods. Hence a cube of timber 1 foot high, 1 foot wide and 1 foot deep is a cft/ cubic foot / gun foot/ ghan foot.
Imagine that please.

A joint isn't always the answer

If you have side to side grain, count your blessings and slather on the glue. If there is load to be taken then a groove on the sides will do the trick.

Which brings me to an interesting study in mortise and tenon joints. Here are 4 images. 2 of them are correct, and 2 are not. Try checking if you know the answers before reading ahead

Making Frames - Lapped mitre joints

Making Frames - Lapped mitre joints
These joints are a mixture of 2 different classes of joints. If you've been to any of my classes; I will have taught you about a number of classes of joints among these are the butt joint and the lap joint.

How do you handle your scrap wood

How do you handle your scrap wood
As woodworkers, we've developed a number of reasons to keep the excess.
Its not the money
Its the fact that we've taken time to clean it up and square it
No shop will sell a piece that small
Its good wood, or its expensive wood
Its got some excellent grain
I'll use it before the week is out.

Collapsible workbench - A guide to building in India

Collapsible workbench - A guide to building in India
    I finally built myself another workbench and documented the build. I also managed to document a number of concept of buying wood in India like,
    1. Types of local timber marts and how to buy wood
    2. Material dimension and the gun foot or CFT
    3. The concept of the running foot
    I also documented some of the enhancements I've made to the workbench