The total amount of solar radiation falling on each square meter in the UK is around 1000kWh per year – of this, it should be possible to collect between 25% and 33% . For a typical domestic water heating installation, a total of about 4 sq. meters is considered appropriate.
Gluing a miter joint is a challenge. There just is not an easy way to clamp it. So I came up with a shop-built corner clamp that uses wedges to push (or press) the mitered pieces in place.
A common way to cover the exposed edges of plywood in a woodworking project is with solid wood edge banding. The problem with this technique, however, is that it always requires some fussing around. To streamline things a bit, I began to take a different approach when applying edgebanding.
The easiest fence building method is to have the rails on the front of the posts then fitting the boarding along the whole length. The alternative method is to fit the rails between the posts and then fix the boards between the posts.
I love my contractors saw but it does have one minor shortcoming. The metal stand it sits on does not have any place to store all the table saw accessories that I need to keep close at hand. It turns out that the solution to this problem was pretty simple, like this table saw storage idea.
Gates have to be designed to withstand the elements. It is a relatively common experience to have difficulty trying to open and shut some timber gates. A bit of forethought can alleviate these problems.
My portable workbench gets pressed into service as a stand for several of my benchtop tools. But instead of breaking out the clamps every time I want to attach a tool to the workbench, I came up with a shop-made hold-down. It is faster and easier to use than clamps, and it can be made from a few pieces of commonly available hardware and a wood dowel.
Timber for your picnic table – ideally use redwood or similar hardwood, alternatively use good quality pine which has been tanalised (or treat with a good quality preservative after cutting/drilling and before assembly).
This sturdy little stand is perfect for your deck or patio. It has room for your favorite plants and it does not take up a lot of space. When the weather gets cold, you can easily bring it, and a bit of summertime, indoors.
If you can build a box, you can build this planter. It is much sturdier than most commercial versions, so it should last for many years.