A compound miter saw is one of the best tools you can have in your shop if you make a lot of angle cut for projects you are working on. If you don’t have one or have room for one, and you have a table saw, it works just as well. You will find yourself using the table saw to make miter cut easily once you have a jig for it.
While most table saws come with a miter fence, they are not always so accurate, or they are too small to properly hold your work.
Here is a great table saw miter jig that will help you to make perfect cuts every time.
Make the perfect cut.
To cut a perfect mitre, lay your pieces out and for each mitre joint mark one of the pieces with an ‘A’ and the other piece with a ‘B’. Place the piece marked ‘A’ on the ‘A’ side of the jig and make the cut. Place the other piece, marked ‘B’ on the other side and make the cut. The result will be a perfect 90-degree mitre joint. Most mitre joints will be cut on stock that will adequately register against a shallow fence as shown, if you need to cut a number of joints at the full depth of the blade you might consider building a jig with a taller fence.
Most homeowners will need to use a ladder at some point, whether to change a light bulb, paint your house, clean gutters or windows. Most people will think that a ladder is a pretty common tool around the house that is so simple to use, they don’t think about the safety aspect of proper use of a ladder.
Among construction workers, an estimated 81% of fall injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments, involve a ladder and 43% of fatal falls in the last decade have involved a ladder. (according to the CDC), And these are the trained professionals.
Ladders are common tools that many people assume they know how to climb safely, when in fact they may not. Safe and efficient use of ladders is not complicated or difficult but it does require that the users practice proper ladder safety habits.
THE “RIGHT” WAY TO USE A LADDER
Properly set-up and use the ladder in accordance with safety instructions and warnings. Wear shoes with non-slip soles.
Center body on the ladder and keep belt buckle between the rails while maintaining a firm grip.
Haul materials with a line rather than carry them up an extension ladder. Use extra caution when carrying anything on a ladder.
Climb facing the ladder, move one step at a time and firmly set one foot before moving the other.
Have another person help with a heavy ladder. Have another person hold the ladder while you are working on it.
Move materials with extreme caution so as not to lose balance or tip the ladder.
THE “WRONG” WAY TO USE A LADDER
DON’T stand above the second step from the top of a stepladder or the fourth rung from the top of an extension ladder.
DON’T climb a closed stepladder. DON’T climb on the back of a stepladder. DON’T stand or sit on a stepladder top or pail shelf.
DON’T climb a ladder if you are not physically and mentally up to the task.
DON’T place the base of an extension ladder too close to or too far away from the building.
DON’T over-reach, lean to one side or try to move a ladder while on it. Climb down and then reposition the ladder closer to your work.
DON’T exceed the maximum load capacity or duty rating of a ladder. DON’T permit more than one person on a single-sided stepladder or an extension ladder.
When you are working in your wood shop or outdoors doing a project with wood, you don’t always have all the tools you need. Coming up with alternatives in these situations will help you get the job done with out heading out to the local lumber yard or hardware store.
Check out this great video with some pretty neat wood shop hacks for when you are working in the wood shop.
Now that summer is here and the weather is warmer, we like to get outdoors and enjoy nature. Unfortunately nature likes to enjoy us as well, in the form of blood sucking mosquito’s.
Lucky for us there are a number of plants that repel mosquito’s, so we can guard against them without using harsh chemicals.
Another great choice for a mosquito repelling plant is lemon balm. A member of the mint family, the plant also known as horsemint and beebalm is a very easy plant for beginning gardeners to grow- even if you don’t have a green thumb! Lemon Balm is a very hardy plant, it resists drought, and it grows well even in shade. It is a very fast growing and sometimes aggressive plant, so you might want to contain it to a pot, where you can move it to wherever you like to ensure that it doesn’t take over your garden! An added bonus? You can dry the leaves and use them to make a delicious herbal tea!
Chances are, you’ve heard of this one before- it’s one of the most common ingredients in most mosquito repellents. Strange enough though, many people don’t even know that citronella is actually a plant! Citronella is a beautiful perennial clumping grass that emits a strong aroma. That aroma masks other scents, and keeps mosquitoes from being attracted to things located around it. The citronella plant has a much stronger aroma than other mosquito repellents that contain citronella, so it is a great choice. Citronella is very easy to grow, and can get to be a very tall 5 or 6 feet high! You can grow citronella in pots and place it around a porch or patio, or you can plant it directly in a yard or garden bed. It’s a great choice for repelling mosquitoes naturally.
Your feline friends will be happy to know that catnip is a great mosquito deterrent! In fact, in a 2010 study, researchers found that catnip is 10 times more effective than DEET, the ingredient commonly found in bug repellents. It is a very easy plant to grow, and if you have cats in the house, they will surely be happy to have it around. However, be careful not to plant catnip in with other flowers, veggies, or herbs if you have cats around your garden. They will surely roll around in the catnip and smash everything nearby!
Calling all cooks! Want a double whammy when it comes to mosquito protection? Plant some basil! Not only will you have a quick and easy mosquito repellent, you will also have a delicious fresh herb on hand to add to all of your favorite recipes! There are many different varieties of basil around, so feel free to experiment and find the ones that you like best. Many expert gardeners recommend trying lemon basil or cinnamon basil to deter insects. Plus basil is one of the easiest herbs to keep alive – even the biggest novice can manage it!
Most plants in the lemon or mint family will repel the little buggers. For more plants that repel them visit naturallivingideas.com
Epsom Salt was discovered in England back in the 17th century by a farmer in the town of Epsom. Since it’s discovery, many beneficial uses have been found for it.
Epsom Salt, is not salt as we normally think of it, but a mineral compound, Magnesium Sulfate.
Epsom Salt is used for health and medicinal reasons as well as in agriculture.
WHY WE NEED MAGNESIUM SULPHATE
Global medical studies have shown that a good percentage of the worlds population are lacking in magnesium, even in developed countries. Magnesium levels in our bodies have been decreasing for the last 30 – 40 years on a global basis. This decrease is due, in the main, from over irrigation of agricultural land thereby leaching essential minerals (magnesium) and other trace elements from the soils. The ever increasing and over use of prescribed medication is also responsible for decreased levels of magnesium in our bodies. Add to this the use of illegal drugs, the over consumption of fast and modified foods, the excesses of alcohol and cigarettes and the general unfavourable lifestyle choices that some make, these all then take a toll on depleting our bodies of the essential and vital mineral magnesium.
The benefits to be derived from the use of Epsom Salt are numerous and profound, including regulating the activity of over 350 enzymes in the body. Magnesium also assists in the prevention of artery hardening, heart disease and strokes. Magnesium flushes toxins from the body, eases migraine headaches, reduces high blood pressure, improves relaxation and induces a deeper and more concentrated sleep. Magnesium is historically well known to sooth sore and tired muscles and reduces inflammation. Using Epsom Salt produces serotonin, a mood elevating chemical within the brain which results in a feeling of calm, content and relaxation. Bathing in Epsom Salt eases various skin ailments such as psoriasis and eczema.
Epsom Salt is highly recommended by expert growers to be used on your vegetables but also in the landscape. It is fairly safe, inexpensive and the benefits of adding it to soil to improve plants is well worth the cost. It has been used in gardens for hundreds of years as a “natural fertilizer”. When sprayed or diluted and used as a drench liquid it is much more quickly “available” for use by plants.
Better Flowering, More & Stronger Blooms – Although there is no “firm” scientific study to back the claim… many seasoned gardeners swear that the addition of Epsom salt to their flower garden greatly improves the colors and textures of the flowers they grow. Plants are stronger and produce more blooms. Incorporate Epsom salt into the soil at time of planting and also use as a liquid when watering every 2 to 3 weeks on a regular basis.
Epsom Salt is also helpful in removing a splinter, you have have gotten working it the garden, from your hand or foot, it helps to increase the osmotic pressure of the skin and help draw out a splinter.