Important Tips to Get the Best Possible Finish

wood-finishingWhen you’re working on cabinets, chairs, benches or anything else for the home, the best possible finish really makes all the difference. It is the difference between looking professional, and looking like an amateur cobbled it together over a weekend. Even if that’s your reality, these tips will help you overcome some of those amateur speedbumps and excel at the art of finish carpentry.

Practice Makes Perfect

The first tip is to practice frequently. The more you try out different tools, and learn different skills, the better your available skillset and confidence level will be. You’ll go from “how could I possibly do this”, to “how can I make this possible”. That only comes from trying out a broad range of tools and repeating certain actions. Got a lot of scrap wood? Time to learn how to use your saw or your miter box to make precision or angled cuts.

Upside Down Cuts

If you’re cutting across the grain, you’re probably struggling with splintering along the wood. If this is the case, flip over the wood and you’ll see quite different results. Crown molding has to be cut upside down. When you’re working with triangular lumber, nail it into the corner of walls or joints. Practice this frequently so you get a good finish.

Glue and Staining

The final tip has to do with staining, which is where your cabinets really shine their brightest. If you want the best possible stain, it all starts with gluing properly. Avoid excess glue, which is such a simple mistake to make that even pros do it. If you do apply too much glue, wipe the furniture clean but try to avoid doing that too often. You end up using a damp rag, which clogs the pores in the wood. Later, when you’re staining the wood, you end up with uneven colors.


Archbishop James Provence retired from the Church and currently resides in Vacaville. James Provence is an amateur furniture maker, who is also a volunteer docent at the California State Railway Museum.

3 tips when buying wicker garden furniture

wickerparadise-blog-4Written by Wicker Paradise

Wicker furniture comes in many forms and can include natural rattan, synthetic wicker, and synthetic looking wicker. Therefore before investing in an expensive wicker furniture set, here are some questions that you need to get answered.

Should I go for natural or synthetic? – Natural wicker garden furniture can look more natural in a garden setting, but will not be as durable as the synthetic wicker variety. Synthetic wicker can also be divided into the hand-woven synthetic wicker variety and the synthetic wicker that is made to look like it is woven. The latter will not snap or unravel and therefore will last you between 3-5 years without much maintenance.

What will work best in my garden? – You will have to look at your current furniture style as well as your garden layout. If you have a modern deck, for example, a modern set of wicker lounge furniture will work best. If on the other hand, you want to use your outdoor space for dining, you can look at investing in a wicker dining set.

What color wicker should I choose? – You should look at choosing neutral shades of wicker furniture in white, black, natural or beige. Add color by adding decorative cushions and throw pillows. Remember to invest in an extra set of wicker replacement cushions to make sure you have a clean, festive set for special occasions. Lloyd and Flanders replacement cushions are a good place to buy pre-made replacement cushions of good quality.

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Wicker Paradise is a provider of the finest wicker chairs, furniture and replacement cushions for sale.

Five reasons to hire a construction claims consultant

7Written by Lyle Charles

A construction claim is a request for additional time and/or money made by the construction contractor as a result of a change in the terms of the contract. Most changes are due to changes in design, construction or administration. Putting through a claim can involve submitting a number of documents for approval. Therefore it is a good idea to hire a construction claims consultant to analyze the situation that will help to resolve the dispute. Here are 5 reasons to hire a construction claims consultant.

Experience in handling different claims – It is good to hire an experienced construction claims specialists who are aware of project costs, damages, unpaid change orders, cost escalation and delay damages.

Understanding technical jargon – Construction claims constantans will be able to understand and communicate technical jargon that can be difficult to understand. Most often if your construction claim’s consultant is not knowledgeable in certain areas like steel fabrication, he/she may get advice from a steel construction expert to strengthen your case.

Able to take the right course of action – The right course of action can vary depending on the case. Therefore a good consultant will be able to give you a recommendation that will save you money, time and resources.

Stays on top of changing standards – Since construction standards are always changing, your construction claims consultant will help you maintain a good position to ensure you receive a favorable outcome.

Experience in negotiations – Negotiations are the best way to a speedy resolution and consultants possess the experience to handling such meetings that provide their client’s with the best outcomes.

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Lyle Charles is an expert in commercial and residential construction and construction claims analysis.

How hiring the right claim consultant, can save you money

9Written by Lyle Charles

Managing claims is a vital part of project management as it ensures that the project stays within budgets and that companies make their estimated profits. However, handling claims is not easy as it involves a lot of technical knowledge and expertise.

Hiring a construction claim consultant will help the firm effectively manage claims and provide the best possible solutions for problems, obstructions, and complications that may arise. These construction claims consultants can also work as construction expert witnesses if a claim goes into court proceedings.

The benefits of hiring a claim consultant include:

Help to draft the right documents for a construction project.

Sit through negotiations and help to resolve disputes.

Experts will provide knowledge and experience that may not be available to the company through their employees.

Assist and advise the company’s management to properly understand a claim.

Prepare the contract terms that will prove a proper defense on claims received.

The company can focus their energies on development and worry less about legal matters.

An experienced claims consultant will be able to provide analysis on different types of projects and claims, providing the company with the knowledge to make the right decisions.

Consultants will provide recommendations that are focused on saving resources, money and time.

Consultants will help stay in touch with the latest changes in the construction industry and make suitable recommendations to the management.

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Construction is costly without factoring in the costs of litigation, which is becoming more common by the day. According to Lyle Charles Consulting, construction & turnaround services can help cut those costs and provide a fair resolution to disputes that commonly arise.

4 Ways to maximize space in every room

Space is needed in most homes as homes become smaller. Therefore maximizing space is the key to making your home feel more spacious and welcoming.  Here are 4 ways to maximize space in every room of your home.

Opening up your entryway – Your entryway will welcome your guests and see family off to school and work every day. This space should be designed to be functional and efficient for the entire family. Maximize space by adding a bench to wear and remove shoes and wall hooks to place jackets, hats, umbrellas and backpacks in one place. A large mirror is also a good idea so that you can check yourself before you leave.

Make your kitchen easy to cook in – Your kitchen is a busy space and therefore should be functional, welcoming while making food preparation easy. Make the most of your vertical space, by adding hooks that provide easy access and maximize space. Include extra shelving in your pantry to store often-used items.

Bathroom essentials – Your bathroom is the first room you enter when you wake and the last room you visit before bed. If you are sharing your bathroom, making the most of your space is essential. Baskets are a good option to store laundry, beauty appliances, and toiletries.

Public rooms – Your living and dining rooms are used by the entire family and therefore are the messiest. To keep this space tidy, use multi-functional furniture that has drawers at the bottom.