Rain and Snow on Your Outdoor Furniture

What does this mean to your outdoor living plans? Will snow and rain ruin your beautiful Ipe wood furniture? Most likely not, Ipe is known for being a natural material that has a natural resistance to all elements Home Remodeling Before And After and rotting, also resistant to UV degradation. But, not all wood is the same; they don’t all have the same durability and weather resistance naturally, what if your wood is not created from such a durable wood?
If you live in a location where your outdoor living plans come to a quick halt as the colder weather comes in maybe you should consider more permanent weatherproofing techniques. The first is naturally to pack it away, put all your tables and chairs, loungers and benches away for the winter. Put them in your garage, basement, or shed being sure there is not water damage in those locations first, for the cold season and pull them back out in the spring. Unless your basement, shed, or garages are prone to leaks your outdoor wood furniture should be safe and sound packed away in these areas of your home.
If you do not have either a good basement, shed, or garage to store your furniture in, or there is no available room in them, or the cold season isn’t as bad in your area, maybe you should consider buying weather proof covers. Another bonus of using weather proof covers vs. fully packing the furniture away is when you have those few beautiful weekends with crazy nice unexpected weather all you have to do is remove them for the time and enjoy. And when the weekend is over or the weather starts looking shady again, just put them back on and walk away, as easy as that. Weather proof covers are also good for nicer weather, say you are on vacation for a long duration, you can keep them covered and by keeping them covered you are protecting your furniture from dirt, dust, collected leaves and animals that can get to them.
You will want to fully clean your furniture before storing or covering it for the winter, using a leaf blower to blow away any collected debris first will be a lot easier than an outdoor broom. Then wash down all furniture, if you have a power washer this is the perfect time to pull it out, if not grab some mild detergent and a heavy duty outdoor broom and scrub away. Let all outdoor wood furniture fully dry before covering it or packing it away, this way it does not build up moisture. If you choose to cover it is Landscape Design Architecture sure to get full measurements of the furniture first so you have the right size covers for your tables, chairs, and benches. Also, buy quality covers, you have quality furniture don’t cover them with flimsy covers, you want a heavy duty, water resistant fabric that protects from even the heaviest snowfalls, and be sure it has …

What is Reaction Wood and How it Affects Woodworking Furniture and Projects?

Many individual woodworkers’ even seasoned ones don’t really understand the term reaction wood. This is where a piece of wood has a flaw or imperfection in it but one cannot see it easily. Then what happens is when a thin strip is removed from this type of wood it warps or twist. Then it could also pinch the blade and you end up with burns in the wood caused by friction or the blade stalls.
The culprit of this is that the piece of wood you are working with as been cut from a tree that had a lean in it. If it happened to be one of the softwood trees that it came from than the reaction wood will be called compression wood because it comes from the lower side of the lean. You may notice that this type of wood is very dense. Additionally it will be hard and brittle.
With hardwood trees, the compression wood comes from the opposite of the softwood types. In this case, now the reaction wood takes place on the upper side on the lean. It is now called tension wood. You may notice with tension wood that you get a lot of shrinkage in the length and it will have that wooly surface appearance to it.
If at all possible you want to avoid buying the reaction woods. To begin with if it’s the hardwood then the density it going to give you a problem when you go to stain it. The stain will not take evenly. This will be noticeable when you put it with the other parts of your project.
Another problem with reaction wood is its weakness. It won’t accept a heavy load. Then also, when you go to put your nails or screws into it the wood is liable to crack or split easier. If you are using this type of wood for carving or getting it to take any type of shape you are going to find its not very cooperative. It will react adversely to moisture changes as well.
The difficult issue about this whole problem is how to be able to identify what is a piece of reaction wood. For the untrained Construction Business Ideas eye, it’s almost impossible but there are a few common place things that you can look for that may be of some help.
If you take a close look at the piece of wood you are thinking of buying and you notice there is a sweep to it or it seems crooked then don’t buy it. Most likely it is reaction wood. If you are familiar with the type of wood, you are looking at and it seems out of character then use caution. If you find that the piece seems harder than usual or dense, it’s most likely reaction wood.
If you see that, the wood looks fuzzy or there are cracks that are pulling Building Contractor Salary away from the board that’s another sign of the reaction wood.…