How decking can transform a garden
Many people spend endless amounts of money on revamping, redecorating, and improving their homes. More often than not, they forget to show some love to another important part of the home, the garden.
There are dozens of different ways in which you can change up your garden. It could be that you purchase plenty of new flowers and other foliage to plant, you could buy decorations or ornaments, or you could do something a tad more extravagant and install decking.
Decking has become a stylish alternative to more traditional terraces and patios. It can be made from wood or other materials (although wood is the most common), and is the ideal way to give your garden the boost it needs.
One thing worth considering is that decking is a great way to even out any uneven or sloping garden terrain. Even slightly steeper slopes could benefit from multiple layers of decking. Installing decking means that every last bit of your garden, even the aforementioned uneven and sloping areas, is being put to use. This article will give you insight on how decking can transform a garden.
Top 6 Tools You Need To Get Your Woodworking Shop Started
It took one time working with lumber and wood stock and I was hooked. From then on I loved to eat, sleep, and talk about woodworking to everyone. And within a short period, I built my first shop and grabbed my tools and organized them. That was my “mancave.”
It normally doesn’t take long for someone that is going to have an interest in woodworking to grow hungry to setup his or her own shop or “allotted space” so they can satisfy their craving for building projects with wood. Especially if they can afford it, (and sometimes even if not), even the novice woodworker will start to check out the tools of this awesome hobby and skillset.
The issue that most will run into is the cost, especially if you want to fill a shop to the brim with a vast array of tools. This can be very pricey. So you have to start slow, and add as you go. But there are 6 indispensable tools that are needed when you begin.
The table saw is essential to any woodworker’s arsenal of tools. Even if it is a bench top table saw, that’s fine. You have to have one. When you start ripping lumber over and over, doing so with only a circular saw, or what is more commonly known as a “skill saw” just won’t cut it.
A table saw is more accurate and more powerful than a circular saw. Due to this your cuts will be straight and your arms won’t be so tired from the circular saw and straight jig that you would constantly be setting up. And don’t forget the time factor. Table saws cut much, much faster than any circular saw.
Tips for carpentry apprenticeships
Carpentry apprenticeships are one of the oldest of all apprenticeships, perhaps the oldest in the world. They are the basis of a skill set which provides employment opportunities. They also include extremely practical skills which are amazingly useful. Like any other apprenticeship or skill you may be learning, to make the best of carpentry apprenticeships, you will need to know what exactly to expect from it, and what others expect from you. That said, carpentry is no longer purely manual labor, it also has its creative field, when design components and various styles are included in the work.
In the first place, it’s important to say that carpenters are generally very skilled craftsmen who are needed within the construction industry. Generally speaking, there are two categories carpentry apprenticeships fall in. The first category includes detail carpenters who are involved with furniture, be it making or repairing it. The second category is called structural carpenters and these are craftsmen who are involved in the process of construction and building.
The main tasks undertaken in carpentry apprenticeships are:
- Carefully study drawings and construction plans to understand how things are built
- Cuts wood to make structural components and furniture
- Repair broken structures
- Work with different materials, including various metals, wood, plastic and the like
- Installs external frames and cladding on buildings and structures, including walls, doors and window frames
- Build staircases- Builds structures and the framing of roofs
If you already have some knowledge and skills in this field, you can apply for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) and reduce the amount of training required. Furthermore, if you would like to apply for RPL, you must complete the following steps:
- Gather all relevant proof of skills and knowledge. This usually includes previous employment references, records, certificates and projects.
- You should meet with an assessor who will review your submission and assess whether your claims match up with the requirements of the carpentry apprenticeship you are applying to.
- Your assessor will sometimes arrange a practical test at a suitable workplace and this will provide you with the opportunity to showcase your skills and knowledge in the field.
Finding a carpentry apprenticeship
Unlike other industries, carpenters do not provide apprenticeship on a regular basis. This means that apprenticeships are usually offered by construction companies and similar businesses within the industry. You can find them locally or through job boards.
In order to get your carpentry training, you will usually need:
- High school education with good passes in woodwork, algebra, geometry and similar sciences
- Good manual labor skills
- Classes in blueprint reading
Other sources of training
- Community colleges
- Trade schools
- Vocational training
Sometimes you may be a little overwhelmed with your new responsibilities. Everyone feels like this sometimes, but it is important that you don’t get demotivated. During carpentry apprenticeships you will need to meet the standards and skills required both in the classroom and in the workplace. Don’t be afraid to ask questions until you understand the matter completely. It’s a good idea to make as good impression as you can on the firm training you. Turn up a few minutes early every morning.
How to insulate a bay window
By Warton Woodworks
Wondering how to insulate a bay window? this guide will help. Most older properties lack insulation around bay windows, some have none! Insulation must be installed correctly for it to be effective. This how to insulate a bay window guide, covers windows with single skin walls only.
Why insulate a bay window?
- Reduces heat loss and heating bills.
- Reduces condensation due to warmer interior surfaces.
- Reduces drafts.
- Eliminate mold around bay window, due to warmer internal walls.
How to board your loft
By Warton Woodworks
Want to know how to board your loft? then you have come to the right place. Our skilled tradesmen have boarded many lofts in Essex and London. This article covers everything you need to know about how to board your loft. We take into account insulation requirements, storage and access.
Why board out your loft?
- Is an ideal solution for anyone wanting extra storage space.
- Is a great way to access heating pipes and electrical connections. But only if boards are planned out carefully.
- Makes the loft safer to walk around in. You do not have to worry about watching your step.
- By following our how to board your loft guide below, you can achieve the above.
Living room design ideas
Thinking of living room design ideas are hard. Customers always ask for advice for living room design ideas. Many are unsure how to make full use of there fireplaces. We have decided to share a living room fireplace renovation project.
Fireplace renovation project
Living room design ideas should make full use of the space available, including the fireplace!
Living rooms have a variety of electrical equipment which connects with TV’s. TV’s look best in the center of a room, which allows easy viewing. Sometimes this is not possible, especially if a fireplace is in the way.
A customer of ours had the same issue, so we provided a solution. Images of the project below shows good use of the fireplace cavity. This used to be where an old mantle and gas fireplace was. No socket wires can be seen as they are fed through the chimney cavity. This provided the customer with a modern sleek look.
Bay window installation Essex Blog
By Warton Woodworks
Our team has carried out many uPVC bay window replacements. This blog provides details about our best bay window installations. We have also provided images and good advice.
Best of bay window installation Essex
Bay window installation Essex project 1
Location of job:
What was replaced:
A total of 5 windows were replaced. One involves replacement of a bay window. A new front door was also installed.
Carpentry and Joinery Essex
By Warton Woodworks
Introduction to carpentry and joinery Essex Blog
Warton Woodworks carry out a variety of carpentry and joinery Essex projects. We are also involves in building services such as extensions and renovations. We are usually seen around our local area’s such as Brentwood and Basildon. You may see us driving around your local area. Below is our carpentry and joinery Essex van.
What carpentry and joinery services do we offer?
Warton Woodworks has a highly experienced team of tradesman. Below are some of the typical jobs carried out on a daily basis.
- Loft conversions Essex.
- Extensions Essex.
- Carpentry and Joinery Essex.
- Kitchen fitting Essex.
- Garden decking Essex.
- Loft hatch installation Essex.
- Interior door installation Essex.
- Window installation Essex.
- Loft flooring Essex.
- Skirting board installation Essex.
- Wooden flooring Essex.
- Bespoke furniture Essex.
- Custom made wardrobe Essex.
- Storage solutions Essex.
- Garden gates Essex.
How you can interact with us:
You are welcome to communicate with us directly. Or maybe you would like to comment on our social media. You can also add us to Facebook, Twitter and Google plus. Below are all the different methods of how you can interact with us.
- Contact us via this website. You can use the contact form or call us directly.
- Contact us via our Facebook page. The link to this page is at the bottom of our website.
- Contact us via our Twitter page. The link to this page is at the bottom of our website.
- Contact us via our Google plus page. The link to this page is at the bottom of our website.
- Contact us via our Linked in page. The link to this page is at the bottom of our website.
- Our online community, Carpentry and Joinery Projects Worldwide on Google plus.
Personal diy Woodwork projects in Essex Blog
By Warton Woodworks
Sometimes I like to make my own woodwork projects. In my spare time I regularly construct bespoke oak wood furniture at my home in Brentwood, Essex. Currently I construct two different woodwork projects, oak wood coffee tables and oak wood double beds. All diy woodwork projects I make are from high quality greenwood oak. All items are then sanded and treated.
You may be wondering what greenwood oak actually is. Greenwood oak basically has a high moisture content. Oak in general has different levels of moisture contained in the wood. Greenwood oak is usually considered to have a moisture content over 30%. If greenwood oak is treated in the correct manner, then it is usually easier to work with, compared to dry oak (or seasonal oak). Green oak is also very desirable due to its beautiful natural appearance, injecting style and elegance into any room. Each piece of greenwood oak I hand craft has its own unique grain pattern. Solid oak furniture lasts for years if looked after.
Below is one of my green wood oak coffee tables I have made. I actually use this one in my living room.
Want to view other diy woodwork projects like these?
If you like these diy woodwork projects you can view more on my Google+ community page. Here you will see not only my woodwork projects, but other peoples too. Or maybe you wish to join in.
Joinery Blog Essex and London
By Warton Woodworks
We have created this joinery blog to share our wood working achievements. We will be updating this blog with joinery projects and how to guides. Our tradesmen have years of experience in joinery. All have been trained via an apprenticeship scheme to NVQ level 3.
Types of work this joinery blog covers
- Projects which involve the use of butt joints.
- Projects which involve the use of mitered butt joints.
- Projects which involve the use of half lap joints.
- Projects which involve the use of tongue and groove joints.
- Projects which involve the use of mortice and tenon joints.
- Projects which involve the use of through dovetail joints.