There are few woods that compare to Avodire when it comes to the number of spectacular figures available to the woodworker.  Wood and veneer showing bird’s eye, block mottle, crotch, curly, fiddleback and swirl configurations have all been produced by this African tree.  

Avodire is native to west central Africa, with countries of the Ivory Coast being the prime producers.  Avodire grows to 115 feet high with trunk diameters of 2 to 3 feet.  It is known to produce clear boles up to 50 feet in height.  It prefers moist environments and is typically found near lakes and rivers. 


High-strength and solvent-free hardwax oils

Italian made Maxi Oil and L’Olio are the newest hardwax oils to enter the Canadian market, and both are available from Tegs Tools.

Maxi Oil is a high strength hardwax oil specifically designed for wood floors. It offers excellent resistance against foot traffic and chemical spills. Maxi Oil is easy to apply, with no brushstrokes, thanks to its long drying time. It’s available in 4 transparent gloss levels and in numerous colours in a matt sheen.

L’Olio is a solvent-free hardwax oil made from natural oils and hard waxes. It is 100% solid and has an extremely high yield so you can complete a floor finishing cycle in one coat.

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Intarsia, art in wood

For those not familiar with Intarsia, it’s defined as “a mosaic of wood fitted and glued into a wooden support popular in 15th century Italy for decoration”. To a woodworker, Intarsia is the process of making this art.

For more than 30 years, Judy Gale Roberts has been the driving force behind the art form known as Intarsia. Her finished works and extensive array of patterns are second to none.

Although the design may come from Judy, every piece completed while following her instruction, becomes a one-of-a-kind. Why? Because no two pieces of wood are the same and no two woodworkers will shape each piece the same.

Workshop Supply maintains over 400 of Judy’s patterns right here in Canada, ready for pickup or quick shipment to your door. Visit their web page to see for yourself the many designs of Judy Gale Roberts.


Home insulation options

According to Statistics Canada’s ‘Survey of Household Spending’, the average Canadian home spends about $2,500 on total energy costs. On average, 60 percent of that amount – $1,500 smackers – goes to heat and cool the home. That’s a fair chuck of pocket change. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to lower your overall energy costs, and keep more of those hard-earned dollars in your pocket – seal, insulate, and maintain.

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Mortise and tenon

Mortise and Tenon joinery is both attractive and structurally solid. Because of that it is one of the most widely used joinery in woodworking, with uses ranging from traditional frame and panel doors to furniture. 

There are a wide variety of M&T joints, with the most common being the ‘stopped’ (blind) joint. Other frequently used joints include the through, wedged, pinned, haunched, double (twin) and offset (barefaced). All of these joints share two common features: a ‘mortise’, which is simply a square or rectangular recess into which a tongue, the ‘tenon’, is inserted. The typical configuration is that the mortise is cut on a stile, and the tenon on a rail. The tenon itself is typically smaller in width and thickness than the rail on which it is cut. Once you know how to make a stopped mortise and tenon joint, you can apply the principles to any kind of M&T joint.

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