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Hi Jeremy,

Just thought I would send you some photos of the finished curved floor/wall that you supplied the timber for.

 

Looks great and everyone commentson it.

Thanks for your help with the timber selection.

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A Brief Guide to Invisible Wood Fixings

22 May. 2015

There are many different ways of fixing two pieces of wood together. Many of them require a fixing that can be seen. For instance, one of the easiest methods of fixing two pieces of wood together is by using a hammer and nail. Nailing two pieces of wood in this way is crude, difficult to undo without damage and is certainly not invisible. The same logic can be applied to screws, although if you use a screw, you can separate the pieces with a lot less difficulty or damage. But are there any ways of fixing wood that cannot be seen? Here we are going to take a quick look at two of the most common types of invisible wood fixing: glue and countersinking.

Glue is probably the first fixing that comes to mind when we talk about invisible joins for wood. Depending on the strength of the glue, the join between two pieces of glue can be fairly tough. One of the first types of glue was animal based, taken from the hide of the animal. This type of glue was mainly used in the furniture industry and other types of woodworking. Most of the time, glue is used along with joints which are tight fitting. This is because although the glue tends to be very strong when binding the wood together, it does not bind to itself very well. When a joint is being glued together, most of the time it will require clamps to ensure a snug and tight fit.

The second type of invisible fixing that I wanted to look at is the countersunk screw. The idea behind the countersunk screw is that you drill the hole that is long enough to take the screw, known as the pilot hole. Then you drill a secondary hole, using a counter bore drill bit, just below the surface of the wood. When you work your screw into the hole, the head of the screw will sink below the surface, where it can be hidden from view. Once the screw is firmly fixing the two bits of wood, you fill in the empty part of the counter sunk hole with an appropriate filler. Once you have sanded down the excess filler and painted the surface, you shouldn't know there is a screw there at all, hence the invisible fixing.

Of course there are many different ways that you can invisibly construct your wood projects using modern fixings. The things that you should keep in mind when you are choosing any type of fixing for your woodworking projects are to do with strength and durability. You want a fixing that is going to be strong enough to hold your project together and this will depend on the project. A table needs stronger fixings than a small shelf for an ornament. You should also think about durability and how long the fixing going to last.

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