Raj Bholle

Finish Carpentry Tips from a Pro

Most of the carpentry goods that are made are all made such that they have the best finishing’s and also the designs are the best. Here are some of the tips that the best do so that their finished products are most ideal.


The tape that you are going to use to measure the length of the woods is supposed to be as straight as possible. This will reduce the amount of errors that one can commit and make the fitting be the best for you.

After measuring the length, the person who is going to cut the wood must be able to have an indication where he/she will be able to cut. Most of the carpenters tend to have a pencil that they use to put marks on the wood. The best positions to place the mark is not by drawing lines, the lines you might draw may turn out to be faulty and crooked thus giving you false cutting points. Use markings that will guide you.

Once you get to the cutting part, there is the need to put a support beneath the piece of wood you intend to cut. This will enable the carpenter to have a steady cut and also to avoid the flopping and movement of the piece of wood. Some people tend to use the miter box while others use more than one carpenter bench. They generally use three in number.

The best method that one should apply while cutting wood, is to put the side that is the best beneath and cut it last. This is the general idea while cutting plywood mostly.

The cuts that you are going to have need to ne straight as possible to ensure that the fittings are all equal and uniform. As a result of this, you have to use a metal strip that has a straight edge. This will give you the ability to get the edge straight as the metal edge will seem like a fence giving the saw the direction it should cut.

Trees generally have joints within themselves that are known as miters. Working with them may prove to be one of those tasks that is quite hectic. The best thing to do is avoid the process called miter joints and use corner blocks.

Once you have used the corner blocks, the best way to cover it up is by using the crown molding method as always.

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Author | Raj Bholle Comments | Comments Off Date | November 28, 2016

How to Get Started with Astronomy

Getting started with astronomy is actually quite easy – amateurs don’t need to rush out and buy the most expensive telescope – they can even see galaxies that are over 2.5 million light-years away with just their eyes.

Most people start by just looking up at the sky from their window and asking questions about the stars, the craters on the moon and the other amazing things you can see on a clear and starry night.

But taking the next step towards taking up astronomy as a hobby can be frustrating. Telescopes are expensive and this often makes people give up learning before they start.

So what can be done to avoid this?

The best way for amateurs to find out how to get involved is to learn from the experiences of other astronomers and identify their tips and best advice to get started.

1. Learn as much as you can about the night sky.


This sounds quite obvious, but a great way to start is to learn as much as possible about the patterns of the stars, the names of the constellations and where in the night sky they appear. This can be done by referring to books and magazines pitched towards beginners, or by simply going outside to study the sky. Apart from books, another great investment is a Planisphere, which helps to show where the stars are throughout the seasons.

Using the books and Planisphere, beginners can start to identify the main planets and stars such as Saturn and Polaris, even if they live in a highly populated area, these main features are still visible to the naked eye.

2. Get to your library for beginner books.

There is so much to learn about astronomy and knowledge of the stars, planets and constellations is one of the key ways to improve. Discovering where in the sky the stars will appear and what they are called is critical knowledge for the amateur astronomer. Becoming a self-taught expert backed up with experience is a great way to learn.

Luckily, there will be many books available on the subject to be found at any local library. From guidebooks on the universe to books on the basics of star-gazing and the night sky, the library is an excellent (and often free) resource within walking distance for most people. A top tip for anyone learning about astronomy is to begin by learning what can be seen with the naked eye and move up from there.

If your library is lacking in books on this subject, local bookstores can also be a great place to hang out and read up to expand your knowledge. There are also magazines available that cover a wide range of astronomical topics that are not too expensive.

Many people who have years of experience will also recommend that visiting websites is also a great way to learn – however, this does come with a caveat. Sometimes, the Internet can be a confusing place, filled with adverts and misinformation. There are many sites that are designed with beginners in mind, but these are often made by inexperienced astronomers, so may not be completely correct.

Books that have been published by reputable sources are a much better way to learn. They are written by people with proper qualifications and who have real-world experience and these people are seen as the experts. Keeping up with the latest astronomy news or developments in telescope technology is perfect for the web, but your real learning should be constrained to books.

3. You don’t need a telescope to get started.


Many people fall into this money-pit when they start out – telescopes are critical to get the best results from astronomy, but using binoculars can be just as effective.

Telescopes only allow a very small view of the sky compared to binoculars, making it hard to find specific features. Binoculars offer a quick and easy way to look closer at the stars in front of you. Compare this to a telescope, which will be harder to focus and direct because they often show a back-to-front, upside-down image of the sky and you can see why they are easier for beginners to use.

The beginner will also be able to purchase a pair of binoculars without spending too much money. For even a moderate price, a pair that are lightweight with large lenses and a 7 to 10 times zoom perform well.

If money is not an option, binoculars with image stabilization and high optical quality will be the top of the range choice.

However, for beginners, any pair will be perfect for getting started.

4. Buy some sky maps.

Just looking at random parts of the sky will keep the beginner occupied for quite some time – but what comes next? Star and moon charts will help beginners locate and name features that can be seen in the night-sky and some are so complex that exploring in this manner can keep people occupied for years.

At different times of the year, the sky will change and the moons of Jupiter will change position, constellations will appear in different places in the sky and far-away stars will fade and brighten. Exploring the craters of the moon also offer an astronomer many nights of wonder, once the lunar map shows where to look.

Planning trips to view the night sky from different locations is also one way to discover new angles on the hobby for beginners. Using a star chart and map, find points of interest in the star-field and locate places on Earth where they can be seen from. From this information the astronomer can work out where the best points are to view the stars.

5. Keep a journal or diary.

This tip might not be for everyone, but the experts have said that keeping a diary of what has been seen is a great way to focus and remember. It does not need to be anything complicated, a cheap notebook containing a note of the date, what has been observed and optionally what equipment had been used.

Some people also make notes of the weather conditions too as this can sometimes affect visibility.

As we have said, it may not be something that everyone needs to do, but being able to reflect back on what was seen, when and how can be interesting and adds to the knowledge of the beginner astronomer.

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Author | Raj Bholle Comments | Comments Off Date | November 27, 2016
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    Raj Bholle is a carpenter in India who also enjoys astronomy. Through this blog, he aims to provide tips to amateur astronomers and home DIY enthusiasts.

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