Treat Yourself to Pumpkin Pine this Fall Season

October 28, 2011

We’re putting aside the pie to give our woodworking readers a real treat…a small slice of pumpkin pine history! According to Old House Journal, softwoods like pine were used for the earliest wood flooring in homes and were left untreated. Over time, this pine turned from a creamy white to a warm, amber color, which is

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What happens when you "Like" Schutte Lumber on Facebook…

October 27, 2011

Although Schutte Lumber is one of the oldest businesses in all of Kansas City, we stay up to date with the newest technologies in the lumberyard, woodshop, mill and even in cyberspace! In addition to finding helpful and interesting info and ideas on woodworking, building, architecture and design right here on our blog weekly, you

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Ideas for Distinctive Architectural Trimwork

October 21, 2011

Trimwork doesn’t have to disappear into the background. With purposeful placement, patterns and colors, trim moulding can create architectural sophistication unlike any other interior design element. Decorative moulding can be incorporated on windows, doors, shelves, mantels, ceilings, walls, wainscoting and more. The possibilities are endless! From Better Homes and Gardens, here are a few great ways to

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What's Really in Wood Dust?

October 17, 2011

It’s just dust right? Wrong! Wood dust is an important part of woodworking safety that often gets swept under the rug. The October 2011 Newsletter of the Kansas City Woodworkers Guild (KCWG) has great info on why woodworkers should pay attention to this microscopic by-product. Wood dust can irritate skin, eyes and lungs causing sneezing, coughing, runny

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Turn Hardwood Floors Upside Down for Stunning Ceilings

October 14, 2011

Give hardwood a whole new perspective in your home with ceiling detail that will add texture, warmth and visual interest to any interior space. If you’re looking for an unconventional way to use wood floors and wood paneling to enhance your home, consider an eye-catching wood ceiling. Take a look at some of these beautiful designs featuring

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Terms Every Woodworker Should Know

October 13, 2011

Learn the lingo with these woodworking terms that every craftsman should know. Allen Head – A type of screw head commonly used on machinery with a hexagon-shaped key. Chamfer – To create an edge on a board by cutting the top corner at a 45° angle. Janka Test – Usually used to test the hardness of wood

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Choosing the Right Marking Tools for Woodworking

October 7, 2011

The accuracy of your project is determined by the precision of your layout work. There are many options out there for marking tools, and many woodworkers have different opinions. We consulted a reliable source for the real scoop on how to make your mark. Popular Woodworking Magazine writer Robert W. Lang addresses this basic yet important woodworking

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Christmas in October Kansas City Volunteer Day Oct. 8

October 5, 2011

For the 27th year in a row, Christmas in October will be holding its annual Volunteer Day this Saturday, October 8th. As the leading volunteer organization in house rehabilitation for low-income homeowners in Kansas City, Christmas in October will gather together thousands of locals, as in previous years, to help rehabilitate, weatherize and paint hundreds of

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