Most stains and finishing chemicals, especially bleach, are poisonous, flammable and corrosive. Make certain that you follow these special health and safety precautions when you work with them:
For more free information about using stains and caring for hardwoods in the home, contact the Hardwood Information Center.
Millwork projects demand precise craftsmanship. But even the most skilled carpenter can occasionally make a cutting, finishing or installation mistake during woodworking. Here are a few tips for correcting nicks, dents and other woodworking blemishes.
Sometimes you may damage a piece of molding with a hammer ding or dent, but it’s difficult to get wood filler to stick to a very small blemish. To help give the filler an anchor, drill a couple of shallow holes in the dent with a 1/16” bit. These small holes will help the wood filler stay in place so that it covers up the blemish. Retouch all flaws with a matching stain.
If a slip of the saw damages an angled piece of molding, compensate by making a clean cut on the inside of the defect. That’s why specifying extra molding in the planning stages is important. After attaining the proper angle, cut the molding to fit by trimming the opposite end.
Never throw any wood away. Keep a scrap bin for large pieces and a milk jug for smaller bits and pieces. Scrap wood pieces often come in handy for decorative matching, contrasting parts and screw plugs.
These important installation tips will help you minimize expansion and contraction of hardwood paneling, flooring and millwork during seasonal changes in temperature and relative humidity.
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