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'How To' Guides
- How to Curve or Bend Wood
If you want to soften or plasticize wood, there are two methods that you can use. Steaming is a popular method for bending wood for making chair parts or staircase banisters, and is also sometimes used to make canoes, baskets, and musical instruments. Kerfing, on the other hand involves making a series of cuts into the wood to make the wood easier to bend. Kerfing weakens the wood but is often used for decorative purposes.
- How to Sand a Wooden Floor
Sanding a wooden floor is one of those jobs that looks easy, but is actually surprisingly difficult and time consuming. If you want to get a smooth and even finish you will need to use the right equipment and work carefully and efficiently. It can be tempting to simply purchase a sanding machine and rush over the floor as if you were using a vacuum cleaner, but this will ruin the patination on the floor, and could leave you with unsightly gap too. This handy how-to guide will help you to pick the right equipment and achieve the best possible results.
- How to Fit a Security Chain to a Door
A door chain is a simple and effective way of adding an additional layer of security and safety to your property. Door chain kits are quite affordable, and they offer an easy way for homeowners to protect themselves when they answer the door to unsolicited callers.
- How to Build a Butterfly House
Butterfly houses provide the ideal spot for butterflies to hibernate, and to use as a roosting spot during warmer months. Unfortunately stories of people finding butterflies using the houses are rare, but, even if you’re not lucky enough for a butterfly to take up residence in the house, the box is still a beautiful garden accessory.
- How to Build a Hedgehog House
Hedgehogs were once a common sight in British gardens, but figures suggest that their population is declining at a rapid rate – so much so in fact, that hedgehog numbers declined by over a third between 2003 and 2012. There are many contributing factors to this decline, including habitat loss, new roads, increased road traffic, and gardens being built with impenetrable walls and fences. However, there are things you can do to help
- How to Build a Birdhouse
Natural nest sites for birds are depleting fast: each time a tree is chopped down or an old building is repaired or demolished a bird loses a potential nesting site. Find out how you can help and give a family of birds a home in our step-by-step guide to making your very own birdhouse. Please feel free to download and print the guide, or to help more birds by sharing it on your own site using the embed code below!
- How to Oil an External Oak Door
Our solid oak external doors are handcrafted with care to ensure stability and warp resistance, but to ensure they last you a lifetime they must be correctly treated and cared for. The effects of harsh weather conditions like wind, rain and snow can all contribute to rot and damage. Because Oak is a natural product, we do not recommend the doors are directly exposed to the elements, ideally the door will be enclosed within a porch or under a canopy. To further ensure they last for as long as possible, you must treat them before fitting them, and then clean and re-treat them every two or three years. Here is our guide to correctly treating your external oak doors.
- How To Paint A Panelled Door
See How to Paint a Panelled Door in PDF format Spend what you will on the quality of build and materials on any door and that investment is jeopardised by the choice and finesse of the finish. We will cover our guide to the selection process for which options are available in different types of finish in another one of our guides.
- Guest Pests – How to Prevent and Treat Woodworm Then Hide The Evidence
Purchasing products from reputable sources (such as UK Oak Doors) using good wood and reliable treatments is the best preventative action to the introduction of wood pests into the home. But whether by flying insects or the introduction of new furniture in the home, any modern house may inadvertently bring wood pests into the house, particularly if home designers prefer a more classic look with antique furniture.