Strong Oaks Woodshop – Front Royal, VirginiaMike Schmiedicke was a normal guy with a white-collar job for many years. Doing web programming and database development meant he sat at a desk and stared at a computer day in and day out. But when he came home, he went into his garage and he built things. “It was my therapy,” Mike said. “My wife and I had a deal. She would bring me a kids’ catalog with a learning tower or rocking horse in it and ask me to make it. Once I did, I could spend that money we saved on my collection of carpentry tools instead.”Back in 2001, starting a wood shop out of a hobby was nothing more than a hope and a dream – but the seeds of an idea had already begun. Mike came up with a plan to gradually transition from web development into woodworking full-time. In 2008, he started selling things on Etsy – he was actually one of the first furniture makers to ut...
The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful...Many Americans will choose to burn natural wood in their homes this coming winter, and for good reason. Seasoned wood produces a comforting scent in the household, wood stoves emit a warmer heat than the average heat pump, and it is impossible to beat the gentle rustic sound of a crackling, slow-burning fire! Even though gas stoves can be more efficient, the time-tested benefits of burning firewood are gratifying to any willing homeowner, especially during the bitter winter months. If you plan to put your wood-burning stove to use within the next few weeks, there is one important question to ask yourself: which firewood type is best to use? Depending on your stove, the amount of heat you want to generate, how long you want your fires to burn, and how much money you plan to invest, different types of firewood may be better suited to ...
A Guide to Wood FlooringHardwood floors are rustic, timeless, and aesthetically pleasing; this explains why homeowners seek out houses that possess this classic wood style. Whether you currently own a home with hardwood floors, or are looking into a wood floor installation here is an instructive guide.Types of Wood FloorsThere are three different types of wood floors: laminate, engineered, and solid wood.Laminate: Invented in 1977, it has come a long way from its Swedish beginnings. Initially the poor man’s floor, laminate now has a better appearance and performance, making these floors widely recognized and used. Laminate is the layering of material (usually fiberboard) with a top layer of a wooden board and stain. Although not real wood, laminate is the most inexpensive “wood” floor and great for those on a budget and still in want of a pleasing look.Engineered: Not quite the real deal, but a s...
DIY Enthusiasts Beware!There are plenty of DIY tasks for the enthusiastic homeowner: window cleaning, power washing, and deck staining to name a few. But one task not recommended to try yourself is tree pruning. Though it may seem simple, tree pruning is actually extremely complicated, technical and dangerous. Homeowners have been injured and even killed by falling limbs, faulty equipment, or general carelessness while attempting “do-it-yourself” tree work. Here are the reasons why it is best to leave your tree pruning to the professionals.Tree Pruning is a Dangerous JobThe equipment alone is dangerous, what with tall ladders, sharp hand saws, and powerful chainsaws.Combine these tools with height and the physical labor needed to utilize the equipment and it becomes obvious why pruning trees has a high injury rate. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics lists tree pruning as one of the most dangerous jo...
Uses for wooden pallets abound, there is truly no shortage
of projects these rustic wood pieces can achieve! They can be used for things
such as a bookshelf, filled with novels to give a rustic and charming vibe. Maybe
put them to even better green use by creating flower pot hangers, or even an
herb garden. Here are a couple ways wooden pallets can not only be used as
decoration or as more useful:A Pallet Herb GardenHerb gardens are one of those things that give food a spark
with their fragrance and fresh flavor in your favorite meals. Sometimes just a
small herb garden is enough to make a big difference. You can shape the pallets
into many sizes, as a
trusty saw will cut your pallet into whatever size desired. Planting an
herb garden in a pallet keeps all the herbs in one spot and makes the garden
portable. You can pick up your pallet and move your little garden wherever is
best. Wooden pallet gardens...