Working with Timber & Board

Patio lounger using birch logs
If you know of anyone having their birch trees trimmed, or know of a tree-felling company in your area, using birch logs to make this modern lounger is a fun way to add a unique piece of furniture to your indoor or outdoor spaces. It's easy enough to make and won't cost much, even if you have to pay for the logs.
Old garden shed becomes children's playhouse
Having just demolished my old garden shed to make way for a veggie garden, this project that turns an old sheld or garden hut into a children's playhouse struck me as a wonderful way to re-purpose a hut or shed rather than throw away. With a few supplies that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse you can create an area where children an spend hours during the summer months.
Reclaimed wood fireplace surround
I'm sure there are many homeowners out there who will appreciate this feature showing ideas on how to clad a fireplace with reclaimed wood. There are more than a few dated and old fashioned fireplaces that could do with covering up, and why not make use of reclaimed wood.
Scaffolding plank display table or console
Scaffolding planks, new or used, are great for using to make various furniture projects. This display or console table is made using new pine scaffolding planks and galvanised pipe. You can buy everything you need for this project at your local Builders Warehouse
Reclaimed wood wine rack for two!
This wine rack for two is perfect for those that only drink the occasional bottle of wine. It's also a great project to make if you are looking for gift ideas. Made using reclaimed wood, the wine rack accommodates one bottle of wine and two glasses, and takes up very little space.
Reclaimed pallet bird feeder
Winter is almost upon us and I thought this might be a nice time to put some reclaimed wood pallets to good use. I picked these up a while ago and have been looking for an excuse to use them. Making a bird feeder using reclaimed wood pallets seems like a good idea and I will be able to feed our local wildlife at the same time!
Restore antique or vintage chest of drawers
Auction sales and online auctions are a great way to discover antique or vintage pieces that have been locked away in storage for years, or left behind as part of an estate. When they have value, these pieces are worth restoring to their original beauty, especially when made of hardwoods that are difficult to come by these days.
Reclaimed and recycled wood linen drawers
Made using offcuts from pine shelves, reclaimed shipping crates, pine offcuts and a few pieces of PAR pine from your local Builders Warehouse, you can easily knock up this tall chest of drawers or set of linen drawers for a home. I think these would also be practical for storage in a small bathroom. As an alternative to shipping crates you can use 18mm pine plywood.
How to... strips excess wax from furniture
Holidays are a chance to sit back and relax, entertain friends and family, and also a way to catch up on all those projects you wanted to complete during the year but just never seemed to find the time. In this project we explain the best way to remove excess wax from vintage furniture before you restore or paint.
How to bend supawood for curves and corners
\When making your own furniture, not being able to bend supawood or mdf limits the scope of what you can and cannot do, so having an understanding of how to cut kerfs for bending the board is one that I definitely had to share...
Repair damaged veneer edges
If there is a common problem when buying secondhand furniture, it's having to repair veneer. Quite a few older pieces of furniture were manufactured using cheaper woods, and veneer was used to disguise these woods. But over time, bangs and bumps, scratches and moisture will cause problems with veneer and you will either have to replace of repair.
Fast fixed for wood furniture
Wood furniture, especially when constructured of hardwoods or exotic woods, should be treasured for its value. Finding beautiful wood for the construction of new furniture is becoming impossible as we deplete resources, so it is important to restore and repair wood furniture whenever possible.
Garden table from reclaimed timber pallets
Using reclaimed timber for projects is probably the hottest recycling project on the planet, and there seems to be no end to the ideas popping up for projects that use reclaimed timber. While there are quite a few tables made from timber pallets, this is one of the best I have seen to date.
Make new pine like reclaimed timber or old wood
Not everyone is able to find reclaimed timber but wants the look of reclaimed timber furniture. I discovered a way to make ordinary laminated pine shelving look like the reclaimed timber furniture you find in many home decor stores. The trick is to use Woodoc Gel Stain and some common household products to age new timber and make it look authentic.
How to make your own liming wax
Finding liming wax is not easy. There are only a few select suppliers that stock liming wax and the stuff is pretty darn expensive. Now, you know me... always try something once, blah, blah. Anyway, I came up with the idea to mix paint and antique wax together to see what would happen!

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Secondhand dresser revamp
Buying secondhand furniture is a great way to find those old pieces that you can work magic with. A little sanding and touch up here and there, a coat of Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint, and you have a beautifully revamped piece of furniture for your home.
Removing veneer and painting up
There are times when you come across a piece of secondhand furniture for cheap that is too good to be missed. This chest of drawers is one of those. Although the veneer top has to be replaced, the dovetail joints on the drawers are a sign of craftmanship and something you don't see often these days.
Restore wood finish the proper way
Browse the Internet and you will find plenty of hints and tips for bloggers who have transformed wood furniture using nothing more than Canola oil and vinegar. If you think about this process of restoring wood - the oil serves to nourish while the acetic acid in vinegar breaks down any wax or polish residue on the surface.

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Repair and restore wood furniture
Being able to repair and restore wood furniture means that you can not only extend the life of the beautiful pieces you already own, but you can also look at the option of buying piece of wood furniture that need TLC. Solid wood furniture has become extremely expensive and being able to pick up a bargain is the only way some of us can own furniture that is built to last a lifetime or two.
Reclaimed timber kitchen island
There are plenty of projects where you can use reclaimed timber in useful ways, and there are many sources of reclaimed timber. In this project you can make a kitchen island or convenient table for the kitchen.
Refinish or restore damaged furniture
More often than not the secondhand furniture you come across will need a bit of work. Over the years, furniture gets scratched, has water rings, layers of polish or other minor defects that can easily be put right if you are prepared to put in the time and effort to refinish or restore secondhand furniture.
Reclaimed timber for contemporary design
Relaimed timber and wood has become one of the most easily recycled and eco friendly materials on the planet. Reclaimed timber can be repurposed into fencing and furniture, and timber pallets provide the perfect opportunity for even those unskilled at DIY to give it a try. But Sascha Akkermann takes it one step further... creating contemporary furniture using timber pallets.
Take care when using hard pine
I'm not going to complain about the quality PAR pine you find in the stores at the moment, because finding such hard pine is normally not an easy task. However, having used this pine at some of our DIY Divas workshops there are a couple of things you need to be aware of.
Reclaimed railways sleepers for a coffee table
I was lucky enough to uncover a whole pile of Rhodesian Teak railways sleepers that someone had been using for garden steps and was throwing away. Throwing away - who throws away Rhodesian Teak...! Having now seen this project I so wish I had put them aside to make this coffee table.

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Furniture ideas using reclaimed timber or wood
It's not only timber pallets that come in handy as a source of reclaimed timber. You can also find packing crates, wine crates, old flooring, timber fencing and other sources of reclaimed timber that are an excellent source of wood for DIY projects. Here are a few stunning projects using reclaimed timber...
Uses for pruned branches
I love these coat racks or hangers with wood slices. They look rustic and contemporary at the same time. Unfortunately I used up all my supply of branches for other projects, so will have to wait for winter before I can chop off some more. Here's how to make your own coat rack with wood slices...
Hardwoods and exotic woods in SA
While it's affordable to use pine and PG Bison SupaWood for a variety of projects, there comes a time when you need a hardwood or exotic wood to craft a piece that will become a vintage or heritage piece. A project that requires a special wood for a special task.
Use liming wax for interior and exterior wood
Wooden doors, floors and furniture can be transformed by the simple chalky tones of liming wax. Liming has long been used as a traditional finish on exposed timbers, floorboards and furniture. Inside the home, limed wood has mild antiseptic properties so was favoured for hygienic reasons.
Eco-friendly products for wood care
As we look for eco-friendly products to use in and around the home, it's encouraging to know there are manufacturers that continue to strive for this goal. Plascon is one of those manufacturers, and the new Plascon Woodcare range is proof that you don't have to compromise on quality when using eco-friendly Woodcare products.
Techniques for finishing wood
There are so many finishing techniques that you can use for wood, whether you are starting a project with new wood, or giving old wood furniture a revamp. Techniques for finishing wood can range from a high-gloss painted finish to a finish that is more rustic or natural.

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Restore vintage furniture
Over the years, an old piece picks up many layers of wax polish. Even regular furniture polish leaves deposits on the surface. As wax polish ages it becomes opaque... dulling the surface and hiding the true beauty of the wood grain or veneer. To remove built up layers of wax polish, use mineral turpentine and a soft cloth to repeatedly wipe over the finish.
Add curb appeal and architectural interest
Exterior home improvements can be costly and time consuming, but here's how to transform a front porch from blah to blow-me-away with a simple DIY slat screen that offers shade and architectural interest. You will find all the supplies you need for this project at your local Builders Warehouse.
Stain and seal garden table with Woodoc
I recently completed a garden table project for Easy DIY magazine (keep an eye out for this issue). Having been inspired by the guys at Far Out Flora, who used reclaimed timber for their garden table, I wanted a more formal design for the garden, not to mention that I seem to have run out of reclaimed timber for the time being!
How to finish wood trim
It's so easy to give woodwork and trim a smooth, satiny finish every time with this simple three-day process. And you don't need expensive tools, special knowledge or skills to get a flawless finish - just sand, stain, seal and finish.
Is there a way to sand faster?
Sanding can be laborious and time consuming. Whilst it's an essential part of the process there's no denying that sanding is boring!
What are the different ways to join wood
When making your own furniture, or designing projects for a home, there are several ways to joint timber and board products. Knowing and understanding the various joints that can be used will help you design and assemble lasting projects.

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Faux wood grain on SupaWood
To make boring SupaWood look like real wood, try woodgraining the surface. This used to be a job for the experts, but now anybody can achieve great results with the new range of finishes.
How to apply edge to plywood
As one of the more affordable ways to build a project, plywood does have its drawbacks. One of those is the fact that not everyone wants to see the raw edge. In this project we show you how to add a pine strip to plywood board, so that your shelves or cabinets have a neat and attractive finished edge.
What hinge?
Consider the fact that most hinges are designed for specific applications. By defining the exact use for your hinge you can rule out a large percentage.
Carving wood with Dremel
If you own a Dremel Rotary Tool, you can easily transform a plain piece into something unique. In this feature I'm not going to show you how to make the cabinet, but rather how easy it is to use a Dremel MultiTool for carving.
Wood full of holes?
The name may cause some confusion]. But confusion aside, woodworm can cause extensive damage to your home and furniture if left untreated.
Sand, stain and seal hardwood floor
This weekend our major goal was to re-finish the wood floors that are in pretty rough shape and covered with water stains, scuffs and scratches.

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Stain and seal raw pine furniture
How to give new, inexpensive pine furniture an antique finish for a fraction of the cost than store pre-sealed - if you do-it-yourself.
Furniture makeovers for love and money
A South African living overseas has established a business where she can continue with her love for furniture and start a small business.
Antique chair repaired
Reader, Wendy Craig, tackles an intricately detailed chair and shows us the before and after.
Quick fixes for wood touch ups
No matter how carefully you look after your furniture, there will come a time when you need to fix up scratches, stains, burns or wear. Here’s what you can do about it:

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Recycle old pallets
If you ever come across the opportunity to pick up a few pallets take a look at some of the ideas I have come across for recycling old pallets into furniture and other practical and decorative pieces.
Protect exterior timber
Any timber surface exposed to the elements will age with time. Timber becomes dull and, if not carefully maintained, moisture penetrates and damages the wood.
Keep your front door looking good
Strip off that old varnish and give your doors some Woodoc loving for the care and attention they deserve.
Extra protection for wood
Sometimes wood surfaces need a little bit of extra protection. Protect coffee tables, sideboards and dining tables from everyday wear with a touch of Woodoc.
Woodoc gel stain
Get a high-end look for less with an easy-to-do gel stain process for wooden furniture. With 6 colours and 6 wood tints to choose from, gel stains allow you to be far more creative without the mess.
Restore antiques
While restoring a genuine antique is usually a job for a professional, it is possible to tackle wear and tear on everyday items yourself. You only need a few materials and supplies to do a project that will restore your furniture to good condition.
Repair scratched wood
The minor nicks, scuffs and hairline scratches that come with everyday wear and tear is one thing. But a water ring, an alcohol stain or a deep unsightly scratch can be relatively easy to repair without resorting to removing the finish.
Makeover a front door
Strip off that old varnish and give your doors some Woodoc loving for the care and attention they deserve.
 
Restore dining table
I love the rustic, farmhouse feel of this table. The more wear and tear it receives the better it will look. What I love even more is that it reminds me of something I might see in an expensive furniture store and I probably paid a fraction of the price!
Easy coffee table
This coffee table is so easy to make you can knock it together in an hour if you already have the timber cut to size. There are no measure-ments - you can make the table as small, or as large, as required.

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Revamp secondhand
Although some cringe at the thought of painting wood, not everyone's taste is the same. I like both wood and painted pieces - especially distressed furniture - as I think it transforms an old and dated piece into something beautiful and functional once again.
Refinish a door
If you have an older home that still has solid hardwood doors, you may prefer to bring the doors back to life rather than replace.
Touch up wood
Does your wood furniture need some TLC, or perhaps you want to restore an antique piece. Here are some wood repair tricks you can easily tackle as a do-it-yourself project.
Makeover pine bookcase
This project shows you how to take a plain, raw pine bookcase and - using paint techniques and a bit of DIY savve - transform it into a piece of furniture you'll be proud to have on display in a home.
Hardwood or softwood
Do you know the difference between hardwood and softwood? Or why it is essential to let wood settle in before you use it?
Veneer or laminate
Many DIY enthusiasts often confuse the terms laminate and veneer. Veneers consists of thin section of various wood types, whereas laminate is the application of papers or plastics to the surface of board products or cheaper woods.
Restore chest of drawers
White rings, stains, chips, dents and scratches. All of these can occur over time as a result of everyday wear and tear and accidents.
Restore with Woodoc gel stain
Now you can have some fun with wood and Woodoc Gel Stain. Available in six bright colours and six traditional wood tints, Woodoc Gel Stain is so easy to use, and there are so many ways to use it.
Repair rotten wood
When old timber becomes worn or rots away, reach for Alcolin QuikWood. This epoxy is made up of two components that harden when mixed together.
Hang a new door
With two grown-up teenagers I know how easy it can be to damage a door, especially if you have boisterous boys in the house. Patching up the door isn't a good idea and it is fairly easy to replace.

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Paint on wood
If you have painted timber that needs a facelift you need to prepare it properly – here are some guidelines.
Common joints
If you're new to DIY then chances are you're pretty confused by all the terminology out there. Here's a quick breakdown on the various jointing methods.
 
Penetrating oil and wax
To maintain, restore and bring out the natural beauty of wood grain, a penetrating oil or antique wax is preferable to any other type of finish as part of a maintenance programme for wood.
 
Care for butchers block
Butcher blocks should be finished regularly with a mineral oil and a beeswax coating to maintain their beauty and keep the wood from warping and cracking.
How to use dowel centres
If you don't own a dowelling jig, dowel centres are used to match up drilled holes to accept dowels for joining wood together.
Woodoc gel stains
Get a high-end look for less with an easy-to-do gel stain process for wooden furniture. With 6 colours and 6 wood tints to choose from, gel stains allow you to be far more creative without the mess.
Paint interior doors
It's not necessary to remove a door in order to paint it, although the advantage of laying it flat is obvious - no chance of paint runs. But the job is bound to take much longer since you will have to wait for the door to dry completely before painting the other side!

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