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Tips for Sanding Diamond Willow Wood

Diamond willow is any wood from a Willow Tree that has been deformed into diamond-shaped sections that alternate in color. The deformation is likely a result of a fungus attacking the tree; the tree bark starts to grow away from the affected area, causing cankers to form in the wood. These cankers tend to take on a beautiful diamond pattern that alternates in dark and light wood-colors.

It is a remarkable and unusual type of wood that is fervently sought out by woodworkers and furniture designers all across the country. When working with diamond willow, it is important to learn some proper techniques in order to protect yourself and the material. So continue reading for tips on how to sand diamond willow.

Required Tools

To get started on a diamond willow sanding project, you will first need to make sure you have the proper tools on hand. Gather up items like chisels, scrapers, knives (not the foldable kind), rasps, block panes, and the right grade sandpaper. When accumulating these tools, you need to keep in mind that this is a hand-carving and sanding project that can result in serious injuries if not implemented safely. Basically, watch out for the hand that is holding the diamond willow at all times!

Once you have all the necessary items, it is important to discuss the type of sandpaper you should use. For this type of sanding, it is recommended to go with tri-folded sheets of standard aluminum oxide production paper. Be sure to purchase a variety of grits, including 100, 120, 220, and 320. Although most of the sanding you’ll be doing will require the 100 grit, you may need to purchase all of these to achieve a certain finish.

To get started with the sanding process, follow these tips for advice:

Use a gouge chisel or non-folding rounded blade to remove the bark from the diamonds.
Be sure to not cut too deeply into the diamonds, exceeding its distinctive coloration.
Traces in the deepest recesses of the diamonds add unique beauty to the final finish.
Sand out all areas to your preferred degree of levelness using a scraper, rasp, or other effective tool.
Smooth out all areas again to your desired smoothness using sandpaper.
Finish with a proper coating but do not use polyurethane.
Aside from artistry and skill, getting the best results from sanding any wood product starts with using quality materials. Be sure you are choosing in-house manufactured abrasives for all your sanding needs in order to cement great results that last.

How To Install A Decorative Ceiling Medallion

Installing a ceiling rose or ornamental medallion is an inexpensive way to add a dramatic effect to your room. Installing it by yourself is a fairly easy process so here’s a walk through of how to go about it.

Pre-Installation

Firstly, take essential safety precautions by turning off the main power to prevent electrocution and use a tester to make sure that it’s off. Clean your ceiling before you start to avoid any debris or dust getting in the way; using some mild soap with a sponge will do fine.

Next, you have to cut the center hole in the medallion if it doesn’t already have one. If the medallion does have a hole, check to see if it allows the light fixture access to the wiring and enlarge the hole if it doesn’t. For reference on how large you should cut the hole, place the cover plate on the medallion and draw lines around it. After drawing the lines, use a compass and draw a circle half an inch within the reference lines.

Drill a hole inside the medallion then use a drywall saw to cut along the circle. Make sure to cut carefully and use some sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges and uneven contours. Before bringing out the adhesive, test the assembly. Place the medallion so that the center allows access to the electrical box. If the hole isn’t large enough to access all wires, you can enlarge it using sandpaper. Test to see if the length of the threaded bolt allows it to connect the fixture to the junction box while the medallion is attached. After this, you can paint your medallion to match your walls and then begin the installation.

Installation

Hold it by its face and use a caulk gun to apply the adhesive on the back of the medallion. Attach the medallion in place by positioning the center over the junction box. Make sure to screw the cover plate to the threaded bolt before the adhesive dries and tighten it so it can fasten the medallion into place.

Use a drill to drive screws past the medallion and inside the ceiling so that the medallion is fixed. Make sure to screw them in hidden places to avoid tarnishing the appearance. Remove the cover plate and fill any gaps between the ceiling and medallion using caulk. Remove the threaded bolt and the mounting bar then use nuts on the mounting bar to fasten it to the threaded bolt. Pass your fixture’s wires through the threaded bolt and out of the mounting bar then screw it to the fixture.

Get someone to help by holding the fixture while you connect the mounting bar and junction box. Connect the wire from the junction box to the screw in the mounting bar. Twist the end of that wire with the ground wire from the fixture and use a wire nut to secure it. Secure the fixture’s neutral wire with the ceiling’s white wire using a wire nut after twisting them together. Connect the remaining wire to the black wire from the ceiling then replace the cover plate by attaching it to the medallion. Turn the power back on and admire the results.

The Easiest Way To Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets Like A Pro

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets – Easy Guide For Weekend Warriors And DIYers

We always suggest that you hire a professional to do the job for you for multiple reasons which include experience and insurance of a quality job! But for those who want to know how to paint kitchen cabinets without a professional sprayer, this is how you can get professional looking results for under $200.

How To Achieve Professional Results When Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

I have been getting a ton of questions via lately about one of our Facebook postings in which I painted our kitchen walls and cabinets. Most people are curious and want to know how to paint kitchen cabinets, and how much it cost to get our cabinets looking like new.

Our house is very old and so are our cabinets. It didn’t bother us at first but eventually, we got sick of looking at that ugly veneer look so we decided it was time for a makeover.

It’s not very difficult to paint over veneer it just needs the right prep work. If you hire a professional I would suggest trying to do as much as you can yourself such as taking off the doors and hardware and maybe sanding them lightly with a 220 grit sanding block. Just a light scuff will do (imagine you are cleaning a window). That will save you a few dollars. But if you decide to do it on your own here are some tips on how to paint kitchen cabinets and get amazing and long lasting results.

Preparation When Painting Kitchen Cabinets

After you remove your doors (or just masking your hinges) lightly sand/scuff the surfaces that are being painted with a 220 grit sanding block. Use a type of degreasers such as Windex or Zep Citrus Degreaser.

Next, you have 2 options.You can use a 220 grit sandpaper and lightly scuff your surfaces or use Krud Kutter-Gloss Off which you can wipe on using a rag and let it sit for 10 minutes. Your surfaces will be deglossed without having to sand them.

Your next step is to prime the surfaces with the right primer. I used one coat of “INSL-X Stix” which is a urethane acrylic You can find it online or at your local Benjamin Moore Supplier. Check your local Hardware store.

Using a good quality paint will help you get the best finish possible. I suggest using Benjamin Moore Advance Alkyd. It is very easy to work with and dries to a hard and durable finish.