Secrets of the Screw

Written by Tim Tulethyme

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Handy tip to prevent splitting when screwing nearrepparttar 100022 end of a board - drill a larger hole and insert a dowel, then screw into THAT instead ofrepparttar 100023 wood itself. Easy huh? Till next time, happy screwing!

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Emphasize Your Decor Style in Seven Easy Ways

Written by Julie Dana

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