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Here some DIY tips and information about wood and how to work with wood that a home handyman will find useful.
Obeche is an easily worked wood that is often used in the manufacture of whitewood furniture.
Plywood is made from three or more pieces of wood veneer glued with their grains at right angles to the ajacent piece. This results in a thin, light board of high strength.
Softwood is timber that comes from coniferous trees.
Utile is a hardwood which is pink-brown in color and has an irregular grain. Utile is often used for furniture.
Lengths of wood that have been twisted out of shape by uneven shrinkage, or extreme changes in temperature are said to be warped.
Yew is a very heavy and close-grained softwood that is used by cabinet makers. Yew is classed as a softwood. It is orange or brown in color.
Here is a selection of household cleaning and stain removal tips and information that you will find useful.
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Please be cautious when cleaning items or trying to remove stains. Before using a cleaner or stain remover always do a test on a small piece of fabric that won't be seen to check that it won't change the colour or damage the item.
Stain removers need to be handled with extreme care. Always read and take note of any instructions or warnings on the label. The chemicals used in stain removers are often poisonous and highly flammable so make sure that you keep them safely away from children and pets. Always ensure there is adequate ventilation when using stain removers as they often give off dangerous fumes. Don't smoke when using them. Be careful not to mix stain removers - if you try one stain remover and it does not work make sure that you have thoroughly rinsed it away before trying a different stain remover. It is best to wear rubber gloves when touching any cleaning or stain removing products to avoid damaging your skin.