Classical Venetian Blinds

Written by Garry John

Venetian blinds, or as they’re sometimes called, window blinds, are composed of thin slats of aluminum, plastic or other material that overlap when closed to block out light.

The dry definition of Venetian blinds doesn’t even hint atrepparttar history and utility – not to mention subtle drama - of these versatile window coverings. Venetian blinds are, asrepparttar 143979 definition states, thin slats of material that are strung on a string ‘ladder’ and fitted with an adjuster that allows you to varyrepparttar 143980 tilt and angle ofrepparttar 143981 slats. It’s this adjustment mechanism more than anything else that makes window blinds ‘Venetian’ blinds.

The use of slatted blinds can be traced back to Roman and Greek times. In Pompeii, for instance, archaeologists have uncovered homes that have fixed marble slats inrepparttar 143982 window openings. It wasn’t till about 1760, though, that window blinds that could be adjusted by tiltingrepparttar 143983 slats came into more popular use. These were probably a variation on window shutters, with wooden slats that could be adjusted by virtue of a thin strip of wood affixed to each slat. In 1841, John Hampson of New Orleans patented a method of adjustingrepparttar 143984 tilt of Venetian blind slats that is stillrepparttar 143985 most used method of stringing Venetian blinds in use today.

Did I say ‘subtle drama’ above? Venetian blinds have been used in art since they first became popular, though their presence in a composition might be so subtle that it goes unnoticed. Venetian blinds are a staple in film noir to suggest drama, tension and secrecy. The patterned shadows cast by light through half-opened Venetian blinds has been part ofrepparttar 143986 composition of award-winning photos in both color and black and white, and used by painters to add interest to portraits and abstracts. In your rooms, those same shadow patterns can cast a subliminally noticed ‘spell’ overrepparttar 143987 room.

10 Tips On Cutting Plywood Correctly

Written by Cedar Creek Woodshop

10 Tips On Cutting Plywood Correctly

1. Avoid Cross Cutting – Plywood tends to chiprepparttar most when cut across its width (grain). Cutting alongrepparttar 143786 length ofrepparttar 143787 wood will help to reduce chipping.

2. Userepparttar 143788 Right Blade – Special blades are manufactured for different cutting jobs. The number of teeth, width, angle, and rake ofrepparttar 143789 blade all impactrepparttar 143790 cut. Choose a blade that best matches your specific cutting situation.

3. Circular Saw – cut withrepparttar 143791 “best face” down.

4. Table Saw – cut withrepparttar 143792 “best face” up.

5. Scorerepparttar 143793 Cut First – Runrepparttar 143794 plywood throughrepparttar 143795 saw removing only a minimal amount of wood. The next cut will leave a cleaner cut.

6. Masking Tape – Put masking tape overrepparttar 143796 cut line to help keeprepparttar 143797 fibers onrepparttar 143798 edge from pulling up.

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