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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Buy Leather Bar Stools

The biggest thing you should be looking for while shopping for leather bar stools is the details. Paying attention to what little things make a bar stool expensive as to the cheap versions. You can actually get a nice, leather bar stool for the same price as a generic looking stool if you pay attention to the details. Just do some simple research to see the differences between your local brands and the national brands. Figure out what you want and what you expect to get.

Look for sales! This is about the best advice you can receive when it comes to shopping for anything- especially leather bar stools! You can look for sales locally or better yet you can check out the internet to see which retail stores are doing closeout sales on their furniture. It is usually best to stick to a retailer with a reputable name when it comes to leather products though because it is easy to get ripped off by paying for real leather and receiving generic. Don’t let this happen to you. Leather bar stools do go on sale occasionally in nearly every store so look around, search out the best deals.

Pick the Right Mattress

When choosing the right mattress for yourself or your family, you’ll need to consider the following points:
• Health-needs
• Budget
• Material Type
• Firmness

The first step in choosing the right mattress is to do some research into your own sleep needs. According to Spine-Health, you may spend more than one-quarter of your life in your bed – shouldn’t the bed be suited to your specific needs? A mattress is an investment in your health. According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, insufficient sleep can put you at a greater risk for diseases and other health problems.

Any spine or other health-related issues should be factored into your mattress decision. Before you begin your search, speak with your doctor and ask for their advice on which mattress will provide the support your body needs.

Just because a mattress is an investment in your health, it doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. Mattress prices will range due to size, brand and material type; however, you can still find an affordable option that meets the budget you set.

From traditional spring coils to adjustable models, there are plenty of mattress options to choose from. The most important feature though is firmness. Different sleep positions require different levels of firmness for optimal comfort. Is the mattress firm? That’s the ideal choice for stomach and back sleepers. If you’re a side sleeper, a soft mattress will ensure the best sleep. Consider your weight when selecting firmness. The level of firmness should be increased with the weight of the sleeper to adjust for potential sinkage.

A mattress is a purchase that you’ll use each night and it’s important that you select the option that maximizes your comfort. If you know your health needs, stick to a budget and understand whether you want your mattress soft or firm, choosing the right mattress will be nothing to lose sleep over.

Patio Furniture

Now, let’s take a look at a short list, not claiming to be exhaustive, of patio and garden furniture terms you may not understand.

  • Adirondack chair – A type of chair used primarily outdoors.
  • Arbor – A shaded sitting place in your garden.
  • Bird bath – A shallow basin filled with water for bathing, used as an attraction for birds.
  • Chaise longue – An upholstered couch in the shape of a chair.
  • Fountain – An arrangement where water issues from a source, fills a basin, and is drained away.
  • Grill – A charcoal or gas-fueled device used for cooking food.
  • Hammock – A network of thin rope, streched between 2 points, used to sleep or rest in.
  • Parasol – An umbrella made for protection against rain or sun.
  • Porch swing – A hanging seat, usually found on a porch for relaxing.
  • Sundial – A device that measures time by the position of the Sun.
  • Torch – A portable source of fire, used as a source of light.
  • Trellis – A structure that supports many types of climbing plants.
  • Umbrella – A collapsible canopy that protects from sun or rain.
  • Weather vane – A movable device attached to the roof a house for showing the direction of the wind.
  • Wind chime – Hollow or solid metal tubes, which hung outside and are played by the wind, producing pleasant sounds.

Dovetails

For thousands of years, a dovetail joint was created by a skilled cabinetmaker using small, precision saws and wood chisels. Tiny angled saw cuts were followed by careful cutting by a sharpened chisel on both sides to avoid splintering. One board had tiny “tails,” and the other had the larger “pins,” carefully measured to match and fit together exactly. When the joint is expertly executed, it is a thing of beauty, and a secure joining of two boards that can last for centuries. A little glue cements the connection, and a good dovetail joint has great strength and durability.

Hand cut dovetails were used to hold the sides of drawers together, but also to join the structural members of case furniture. Hand made screws and nails were relatively expensive and could rust and expand, sometimes cracking the wood they secured. Glues of the period sometimes weakened. Dovetails have great strength, holding pieces of wood in perfect alignment over long periods of time. Simpler country furniture often had larger dovetails, or even a single tail and pin.

Genuine hand-made dovetails like these were the standard of good furniture craftsmanship until about 1870, when American ingenuity developed the “pin and cove” or round style dovetail, often seen on late Victorian and Eastlake furniture. These were cut with a jig or pattern, and an apprentice could create a very well fitting and attractive joint. Popular here into the 1890’s, these joints never gained acceptance outside of the U.S. and Canada. European cabinetmakers continued their hand-cut dovetails well into the 1900’s.

The next technological development in joinery was again American. In the 1890’s, American furniture began to be mass produced, with interchangeable parts and speedy production for the growing and affluent middle class. The slow and laborious crafting and carving, one piece at a time, by a master woodworker was not suited to the new mass market. Steam power, transferred by pulleys and leather belts, operated saws, carving machines and routers that could copy an original pattern exactly.

These routers were ancestors of the electric precision tools of today, and could be used to rapidly cut a machined dovetail joint. Each cut is exactly like the others, each “tail” and “pin” are exactly matched. A close inspection shows no irregular saw cuts or variation from a skilled craftsman, but rather a precise and identical manufactured machined joint. These machine-cut dovetails are as strong and long lasting as the hand-made joints, and became the standard of better American furniture ever since the late 1890’s. Other drawer joints include sliding keyhole or French dovetails that were have been used since the 1890’s.