Woodworking : Ways to determine whether you’ll need a Jointer or Planer

A lot of people often confuse between the function of a jointer and a planer although both of them are widely different and have their own distinct functions. They can be used on the same wood board but they cannot be used to function as each other which tends to confuse a lot of people. So, which tool should you use on your wood board? Don’t worry, we have figured out the top 7 ways in which you can determine whether your job requires a jointer or a planer.

Determining the wood finish style

There are different types of wood finish styles: rough lumber, S2S, and S4S depending on the wood side which has been finished or primed. If two sides of the wood are finished and smoothened, then it is an S2S styled wood and if all the 4 sides are primed, then it is an S4S styled wood. For an S2S styled wood, you would need the help of a jointer to smooth the edges or fix the pieces together.

Checking the wood’s surface

One of the most important things to check before you start working on your woodwork project is to check for the uneven edges and bumpy board surfaces, these can be fixed with the help of a jointer quite efficiently.

Flatness of the wood

A lot of times the wood become bent or curved a little bit due to improper storage or humidity, so you would need to flatten the wood to be able to use it properly. Although you might think a best hand wood planer will work better but it would just follow your wood along its path, a jointer will be more useful in such situations.

Required measurements for the wood

Another thing to be determined would be the measurements and the design of your wood structure. A lot of woodwork projects require their wood to be of different sizes which will need the help of a jointer to get all the pieces fixed together. If you want your wood to be of an appropriate thickness, then you would need a planer to achieve that.

Need for parallel surfaces or not?

Another thing to consider would be if your woodwork requires its parts to be in a parallel direction or not. If you are making a wooden table or door, then you would need parallel surfaces to keep the balance and a planer would be a good choice for that.

Surface imperfections

If your wood has a lot of grain and imperfections, then it would be needed to smoothen out first to make a beautiful piece of the woodwork for which planer is the best choice. A planer can help you in fixing up your wood board and make it more beautiful for usage.

Twisted wood

Another way to decide whether your woodwork job needs a jointer or a planer is by checking for a twist in your wood. Wood twisting happens when the edges of two wood don’t lay down in a flat line. This can be fixed with the help of a jointer and the ease of fix depends on how twisted the wood is.


Tips : How to Drive Safely with Baby

We all know that once the baby is born, it is difficult to get out and do the outside chores but if you don’t have a full time nanny or maid, then I am sorry but you have no option other than going out and taking your baby along with you. It would seem like a horrific suggestion because we all know babies are moody and tend to fuss a lot when outside plus how would you drive with him wailing all the time? Don’t worry, it is not so complicated to take your baby along for a ride, just follow these tips or you can use NewMomVintage’s best rated car seats, so that you will be able to drive safely with your baby.

  1. Time your drive properly

One of the most important tip for driving safely with your baby is to time your travel in such a way that your baby’s sleep time coincides with it. This way your baby would end up sleeping in the car while you are driving and you won’t have to worry about him/her much.

  1. Carry some entertainment items

Make sure that you carry some toys and music which your baby likes and so, if your baby ends up staying awake, you can pacify them by playing their songs and letting them play with their toys.

  1. Keep an eye on the baby

You need to keep an eye on both the road and the baby. I know, it is easier said than done but if you want your baby to stay safe during a drive, you need to follow this tip. You can buy detachable mirrors which can be used to keep an eye on your baby at all times.

  1. Strap everything

Once you have tucked in your baby in the baby car seat and strap him/her properly, it is time to strap everything else properly too. Make sure that you have secured the toys and everything near the baby and that they won’t fall down during the drive as that might upset your baby and lead to him/her crying out loudly.

  1. Travel with a companion

One of the best ways to ensure your baby’s safety while driving is by going on a drive with another person. This way both you can take turns in watching out for the baby and making sure that they are comfortable while the other one drives.

  1. Don’t feed in the car

One of the most important rules of driving with your baby is that don’t feed them in the car. There can be several bumps along the road which might lead to the choking of your baby so avoid this at all costs.

  1. Don’t stress

Another important thing to keep in mind is to stay calm and not stress. If you have a crying baby behind, stop the car and pacify the baby before you start on the journey. Stressing out would lead to no solution.

  1. Take rests in regular intervals

One of the best ways to ensure your baby’s welfare during a drive is by taking regular breaks so that you and your baby can feed and take rest appropriately which might result in your baby being less cranky in the car.

Jesse Heiman: From Extra to Extraordinary?

Remember that commercial of the chubby nerd that was making out with the hot model during this year’s Super Bowl?

Yeah? No? Maybe? Well that was Jesse Heiman and he’s making sure you don’t forget him.

There is a documentary, no release date at this time, in the works called “Jesse Heiman: World’s Greatest Extra” and it chronicles the rise or at least the attempt at stardom.

The film takes place over a year’s time and it’s a real heart-warming story of someone truly trying to chase their dreams professionally and evolve personally too. It also taps into the horrible judgmental side that still exists in people.

Apparently it took 50 takes for Heiman to nail the scene with the model.

Believe it or not, the GoDaddy commercial was probably not the first time that you saw Heiman on screen. He’s appeared as an extra in many big movies and TV shows, which include “The Social Network,” “Parks and Recreation,” “The Big Bang Theaory,” “The Mindy Project” and even a personal favorite of mine, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

If you’d like to see the film come to fruition, you can donate to their Kickstarter campaign here.

Do you think he’s got what it takes to make it in Hollywood?


Album Review: “Distiller” by Carolina Still

“Distiller” smells of authenticity.

It’s got the banjo, pig calls and the fiddle, that not enough for you? They speak of old ways and tradition that make you want to pour your favorite whiskey and just enjoy the day.

The 12-song record from the unsigned band is authentic enough to push Carolina Still to the forefront of the bluegrass genre.

The rap game has its leaders and names: Lil’ Wayne, Jay-Z, Eminem, rock has got its big names: AC/DC and so on, bluegrass…nothing comes to mind right?

The record is quick in melody and intense in themes. You’ll hear stories of jail time, murder and running from police. You could call them storytellers of sorts.

I digress, some of the standout tracks on the album are “That .44 Gun,” “Erastus Clay” and “Six Gun Sadie.”

“That .44 Gun” mixes the banjo and the fiddle and speaks on a man who made a decision he regrets all thanks to the pistol. You’ll feel the pain, the remorse of a man who knows he won’t be free. He even tells his woman not to be there when he passes.

Songs like this stereotypically come off as depressing but Carolina Still put some sort of creative spin on it to make sure that isn’t the case.

You got to love a record that doesn’t wear you out, “Distiller” only has one track over four minutes long. There are even a few instrumentals mixed in the album.

The boys do a great job of setting imagery and the mood within each song.

For some snippets of the record check the video above.

Best of the Best in Music 2010 (IMM Music Awards)

Man, what an amazing year in music. Eminem got back on his feet with an amazing record in Recovery, Kanye West used his bad rep to put together a great record in My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. So what was the best in music? What was the best verse? The best album of the year? Best album from a duo or group?

Drum roll, please…Here is the best of the best in music for the year 2010.

The best verse on a hip-hop/rap record: This honor goes to Slim Shady for his verse on “No Love,” which featured Lil’ Weezy. While every track on Recovery was his best step in the right direction in nearly 10 years, his verse on “No Love” let you know he was back and taking on all-comers once again.

Best Album I missed out on: I’ve fallen in love with Teen Dream from Beach House and I haven’t even heard the entire record yet. I saw them perform on Conan O’Brien and they’ve got me interested in finding out more about them.

Best album of unreleased tracks: This distinction goes to The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, for the release of The Promise. It was a double-disc set that kind of made me yearn for Bruce to return to this form of songwriting instead of the time-sensitive stuff he’s been on for the past couple of years.

Best album you probably didn’t hear in 2010: You’ll be hearing from this group in 2011 and beyond. I’m talking about Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. They released their debut album in 2010 and I couldn’t stop listening to it. It’s a classic sounding album that will give you hope that great ‘new’ music is still out there.

The best album by a duo or group: If you haven’t heard of The Big Black & The Blue from the Swedish sister-duo in First Aid Kit, you’re missing out. They have the ability to blend songwriting beyond their years with instrumentals that will make you fall in love with their sound instantly.

The best hip-hop/rap album of the year: This easily comes down to Kanye West and Eminem’s new record. You may think I’m being biased but I’d have to go with Eminem. Mr. Mathers tried a lot of new things on this record, collaborating with females, stayed away from silly songs like those of ‘will the real slim shady please stand up.’ Mr. West definitely had a lot of great tracks but it was just more of the same behind smoke-and-mirrors of him looking to make up for his mistakes.

The best album of the year: From top to bottom, vocals, songwriting, tried something new, you had fun listening to it? It’s got to be Brothers by The Black Keys. There isn’t a bad song on this album and it doesn’t sound like anything they’ve played before. These guys are cool without trying to be ‘cool.’ It’ll be interesting to see how they follow up such an awesome record.

What were some of your favorites in music this year?