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Posted by on July 9, 2013 at 9:20 AM


Three DIY Furniture Polish Recipes


Once these homemade recipes have been mixed, pour them in clean, labeled glass or plastic containers.


Recipe #1

1 cup mineral oil

3 drops lemon oil or extract


Recipe #2

2 oz. grated beeswax

5 oz. turpentine


Recipe #3

1 cup olive oil

1/4 cup white vinegar


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Update light fixtures with a can of spray paint.

Posted by on July 9, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Update light fixtures with a can of spray paint

Also great on towel bars, etc in the bathroom. Cover with a clear coat for heavy use items (TP holder)

Wood Pallet Projects

Posted by on July 9, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Wood Pallet Projects

Cool and Easy-to-Make Projects for the Home and Garden. ;

Orange Oils- Furniture Polish & Restorer

Posted by on July 3, 2013 at 8:40 AM

All Surfaces – Indoor and Outdoor

Safe to use on most hard surfaces – not just timber. Use to polish laminated tables and bench tops, stone and marble surfaces, cutting boards or wooden bowls etc. Use on sealed or unsealed wooden furniture, outdoor settings, timber doors and window frames, timber blinds, veneered, plastic or la...

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About Hammers

Posted by on August 24, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Both the claw hammer and cross-pein hammer are essential in any toolbox and are used to drive in nails. Hammers are sized by the weight of the head. The hardened face is slightly convex (rounded) so it is easier to strike a nail and prevent the hammer marking the work badly

Claw hammers

Claw hammers have claws at the back of the head. They can be pushed firmly under the head of bent or unwanted nails to lever them out. The two common size ranges are 450-570g for site fixing...

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How to Choose the Right Blinds

Posted by on June 16, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Roller Blinds

Great for an uncluttered look and features a simple operating mechanism, which allows for a smooth up and down motion. The Roller blinds come in a huge colour and fabric selection and also a range of blockout, light filtering, shaped, double, and bonded rollers as well as flame retardant and environmentally friendly options.

Panel Glides

The modern take on vertical blinds, which offer a streamlined look to your windows. Ideal for Sliding Doors, t...

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How to repair melamine edging on shelves and doors

Posted by on June 16, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Melamine strips on shelving and doors can become chipped and torn. Remove the damaged edge and iron on a new one costing about $10 for a 10 metre roll 21mm wide. Iron-on melamine strip is used to edge timber-based products such as MDF, particleboard or plywood shelving. It comes in a range of colours and veneer finishes and is backed with hot-melt adhesive that bonds when heated with an iron. Remove the old strip by softening th...

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How to secure new handles on a cabinet

Posted by on June 3, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Choose slimline handles when installing cabinetry as they don’t work loose over time. Buy a handle template or make a jig to drill accurate holes. TIP Handles come with machine screws that are usually longer than required. Measure the door thickness plus 3mm then clamp the screw in a vice and use a hacksaw to cut it to length.



On the back of the door apply two strips of tape where t...

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Using drill bits

Posted by on May 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Ensure the bit size and type suits the material being drilled and the requirements for the pilot or clearance hole. The bit should be straight and tight in the chuck.

Types of drill bits

■ TWIST BITS have a cone-shaped cutting point and are suitable for various materials. 

■ MASONRY BITS have a hardened tungsten carbide point.

■ BRAD POINT BITS have a sharp centre point for accurate hole positioning in...

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Fix a wobbly bookcase

Posted by on May 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM


Add the side panels

Cut two 290 x 19mm pine panels. Unscrew the legs and move them outwards to be refixed with oversized coach screws through the holes in the legs. Secure the pine panels to the legs and cross supports using 40mm x 8g timber screws.


Secure cork tiles

Attach three cork tiles to each pine panel, using a utility knife to cut them to fit, marking the setout with equal spacing all around. Apply adhesive to the pan...

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