Day: March 3, 2019

Do-It-Yourself Woodworking Plans

If you are a woodworker in need of Do-It-Yourself Woodworking Plans, you've come to the right place. They are available at the end of this article. You can read on or simply scroll down to the links now.

If you are taking up woodworking as a hobby, I encourage you. Woodworking is an excellent hobby. Not only is it fun, but it results in functional and decorative items that you, your family and your friends can use around the house, and it can become a lucrative business.

Before you try this hobby, however, I want to dispel the popular misconception that you will always save a lot of money by doing it yourself. I built oak dressers and toy boxes for my four grandchildren. They turned out beautifully, and they will probably be passed down for generations, but I could have bought perfectly acceptable dressers for a little over half the cost of building them. I do not want to disappoint; you can have many reasons for getting into this pastime, but if saving money is the main one, you will most likely be disappointed for a number of reasons.

• Materials are expensive. All grades of manufactured wooden furniture are available on the market. A common practice of manufacturers is to reduce costs by using inferior materials where they will not show. Particle board, which is restructured sawdust, is a common material used in furniture for this purpose. It has very little strength; it's damaged by even a little bit of water; and it's ugly. Woodworkers usually opt for quality, which means that they reject this type of material and the mindset that allows its use; therefore, your cost goes up.

• Buying one item at a time is expensive. Even manufacturers who use all top-quality materials can save money through bulk purchases. For example, a sheet of plywood that costs you $ 40 can be bought for $ 30 or even $ 20 if purchased in large quantities of 100 or 1,000 sheets. Bulk purchasing has another less obvious benefit: If your project requires only 5 feet of an 8 foot long board, for example, the extra 3-foot section will probably become scrap; whereas, the manufacturer can use it in the next unit.

• Manufacturers use an assembly line or assembly procedure. For almost every cut made on a table saw, you will have to reset the fence. Resetting the fence takes time and is another opportunity for human error. A manufacturer's operator will set up the saw to cut a specific part, and then cut out hundreds or thousands of parts all exactly the same size. With the use of this process, the workman becomes exceptionally fast at turning out perfect pieces.

• Tools are expensive. If you need a particular tool in order to complete your project properly, the cost of that tool has to be considered. The manufacturer can spread that cost over hundreds or thousands of units.

• Your time is valuable. You've heard …

Work and Study

The relationship between work and study should not be underestimated.

It is important that youngsters in general, and teenagers in particular, get real life experience of what it takes to succeed in the ‘real world’, what it takes to make money, and how hard dad or mum have to work to earn those extra few cents.

Recently a dad talked about the problems of getting his son to study; the family is wealthy and the son saw little need to make any effort to revise, do well in his forthcoming exams, and move onto a university and undergraduate subject with prospects of a rewarding career.

He saw his parents, particularly mum, as a ‘soft touch’.

The harder the concerned parents tried, the more obstinate the son became; the inverse law of proportionality seemed to be at work, or perhaps the law of diminishing returns. Necessity was definitely not the mother of invention!

‘Man he is a Lazy B…!’ complained the father.

At school, the youngster seemed to have learnt a lot about his ‘rights’ – but little about responsibility.

He didn’t realise that ‘rights’ and ‘responsibilities’ are the same bedfellows – they both start with the letter ‘r’!

The current situation was inevitable…

Things changed, however, after our recommendation that the son spend time working in the kitchens of one his father’s famous restaurants over the summer holidays (well, what else did he expect given his parents’ gentler efforts?).

Washing plates to earn his pocket-money was no fun; it didn’t take long before the grades started to improve.

Study was clearly a better option than washing plates in the kitchen.

Take Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in the world.

Warren has a wise head on his shoulders and drives the same old car and lives in the same old house as he did at the start of his career; his common sense has to be respected since his actions reflect his words.

He can afford to live in mansions, drive better cars but through his example has made clear that he intends to give most of his wealth to charity.

Warren believes that his children must learn to earn a living, make their own way in the real world.

The last thing he wants is to ‘handicap’ his progeny by handing over his billions.

Some of the smartest students at The University of Oxford in The Business Management School often spent their summer holidays waiting at tables before they got First Class Honours.

They are now CEOs of major companies, earning a very healthy living.

Consider another example from the world of tennis, the William sisters where Venus and Serena dominated the women’s game for many years.

Their early history is one of being introduced to the ‘Bronx’ by their dad where gang bullets were not uncommon whilst they trained.

The William sisters soon realized that working for success in tennis was a better option than living in ghettos.

Where cajoling fails, direct experience often

French Tapestries Add Romance To Your Home Decor

Tapestries have been around since mankind first learned how to weave. In fact, some of the earliest examples date back to the time of the ancient civilizations who created looms that could create amazing works of art that were also functional.

Of course, most experts will tell you that the very best tapestries came from France, when the very best weavers in the world – those toiling away in the manufacturings in Gobelins – created some of the most beautiful tapestries ever designed.

Many of these were influenced by the French artists of the time. Back then, it was common to take paintings, even those from relatively unknown artists of their time, and create tapestries from them.

Today, we can benefit from their passion for their work for they have preserved some of the greatest works in woven form. This is particularly true in the case of French painters, including the groundbreaking work of Francois Boucher.

Boucher was extremely versatile. While he could paint scenics and portraits, his first love was the world of enchantment. As a young artist of just 20, he won the Prix de Rome. At 31, he was a member of the Academie Royale and worked on his first commission for Versailles the following year.

A leading proponent of the Rococo style, he became the supervisor of the Gobelins manufacturer, which was to have a significant and lasting impact on the arts through Europe, from porcelain to tapestry.

His romantic themes can be found in all of his works done during this time. Though often copied, Boucher's work has been rarely equaled, except by the likes of Rubens.

Adding his French tapestries to your home instills a romantic touch that is both distinctive and sophisticated. Few artists have mastered the delicate balance between fantasy and reality as Boucher's paintings and resulting tapestries, whether it is a simple romantic scene or a pastoral landscape.

That may be one of the reasons his French tapestries are so popular today. They recall a simpler, more romantic time that many collectors and homeowners long to portray in their residences.

Since the original Boucher's are priceless, these French tapestries are a great way to portray his brilliance without busting a budget. It also lets visitors know that you not only know art, but artistry as well. While it's easy to buy a copy of his painted work, a tapestry shows that you have a love of Boucher and fine tapestries at the same time.

In the world of French tapestries, the work of Francois Boucher plays an important role. His body of work spans history, mythology, landscape, portraits and ordinary life so it's reliably easy to find a work that fits your decor and personal tastes in art.

One thing is for sure. Boucher's artistry will not only add beauty to your home, but a touch of romance and sensual intrigue that you'll love for years to come. …