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In addition to the tried and true hand-powered block sander, Popular Mechanics lists orbital finishing, random orbit, belt, disc and spindle sanders as those that are used for wood. Each type of sander has its own specia... More »

Tongue and groove, mortise and tenon, rabbet and dado and biscuit are all wood joints. Through dovetail, butt and box are other common types of wood joints. More »

Many companies, such as The Chimney Sweep and World Forest Industries, publish the average BTUs per cord of firewood for various hardwood and softwood species. In general, hardwoods, such as oak or eucalyptus, have highe... More »

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