Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Seaside Dreams by Melissa Foster ~ Giveaway ends 9/28 ~ NEW RELEASE SEASIDE SUMMERS BOOK #1

The newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, featuring a group of fun, sexy, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re funny, flawed, and will have you begging to enter their circle of friends. You met them in READ, WRITE, LOVE, (The Remingtons, Book 5), follow these friends on their search for forever love in the Seaside Summers series.

Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She’s quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a sinfully sexy police officer appears on the scene.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Top 7 Must-Have Woodworker Power Tools

Without the right gear, woodworking is a craft that gets increasingly more complex. Walking into a woodworking shop is like walking into a factory of trinkets and gadgets, all designed to simplify the life of the woodworker. The craft itself can tend to be a bit expensive but in the end, the result is well worth it. When it comes to tools, power tools make the job even easier yet. The top seven power tools every woodworker should have are a circular saw, a power drill, a jigsaw, a random orbital sander, a table saw, a compound miter saw, and a router. These utensils alone will aid in the ease of the job and help for a better looking end result as well!

The Circular Saw
A circular saw is a type of power-saw that uses a jagged or coarse disc or blade in a revolving motion rotating around an arbor. It can be hand-held or attached on a machine, and are regularly power-driven. This saw can be used to cut all different sorts of resources such as plastic, metal, masonry, and without a doubt wood. The cuts are usually straight and precise as the material is fastened down and the saw is moved forward gradually across it.

For woodworking specifically, handheld circular saws are generally used more often. This helps woodworkers with accuracy and efficiency with bigger jobs. The blades for wood are usually “tungsten carbide tipped”. As times progress, smaller cordless saws are starting to become a popular product as well.

The Power Drill

Power drills are very convenient to have nearby as they help shorten any woodworking job immensely. Cordless drills are the most convenient out of the power drill family, offering a mobility and versatility that you cannot get from a corded drills. A power drill with a pistol-like grip offers a comfortable position to hold the tool and the motor offers enough power to bore into any surface. There are also countless accessories to add on to power drills, allowing them to become a wide-range of other tools, including power saws and orbital sanders. It is a common practice to have a few additional batteries on hand for longer jobs, ready and charged for use.

The Jigsaw
Just add a reciprocating blade to an electrically powered motor and you have the jigsaw. Jigsaws are primarily used in woodworking when a circular cut is needed to be made or when working on fairly thin materials like plywood or particle board. The blades, however, tend to bend easily so this power tool sometimes gets a bad name in the woodworking world. When shopping for a jigsaw, invest in one with variable speed, as it helps slow the blade down if you are about to make involved cuts.

The Random Orbital Sander
Random orbital sanders are power sanders that grind and sand in a circular motion. These tools are hand-held but have the speed and forcefulness of existing belt sanders. The sanding pattern simultaneously swirls the disk in an ellipse, ensuring the coarse sanding material does not rub the same area twice. This helps prevent circular marks on the wood. The sanding disks have small holes in the pad that help collect dust, but always look to buy a sander with a dust collection feature available.

The Table Saw

In the world of woodworking, the table saw is probably one of the most important power tools to have. Each table saw should encompass a blade guard, a heavy-duty motor, a rip fence, a table, a rip fence scale, and a blade-height crank. There are also additional add-ons available out there to make life in the workshop easier.

One of the most important features to pay attention to on the table saw is the rip fence. The fence should be parallel to the saw blade at all times, be sturdy enough for clamping to it, and include fine tweaking controls for modification.

The Compound Miter Saw
A compound miter saw is primarily used when needing to make crosscuts and angles. It is known for being one of the most accurate tools and is very simple to use. What makes the compound miter saw different than other miter saws is the ability to tilt the blade sideways in order to assist with the woodworking process.

The Router

A router is the tool in woodworking used to hollow out areas in the edge of the piece you are working on. There are two different kinds of routers: stationary base and plunge. Both are great to have on hand and are typically up to personal preference. A stationary base router stays at the same depth for the entire time you are using the tool. The plunge router can plunge downward a little and lift back up afterwards.

When purchasing a router, look for a variable speed control and something with higher horsepower. The more horsepower a router has, the less trouble it has pushing through the material you are working on. It is also extremely important to look for a router that has the switches in range of the handle. You do not want to take your handle off the router while it is running in order to turn the machine off!


Woodworking is a therapeutic and satisfying craft that has been around for thousands of years. With the right tools in your workshop, the jobs just get easier and the stress goes away. It is important to pay attention to the top power tools every woodworker should have and make sure you have them in your space soon!