Simple Wood Working Projects
Can Create Family Treasures
the topic, it’s revealed that the chemical mixtures applied at the point of manufacturing could have been defective or insufficiently applied. It’s also possible that a misstep during the construction process – like a screw that caused a major crack in the wood of a now-rotting deck – helped to accelerate the rot recently discovered by the owner. The author of the article goes on to note that the unearthing of 15-year-old playset supports revealed termite infestation despite the use of treated wood. These examples go to show that even use of preservative-treated wood won’t guarantee life-long health of any structure.
You may not have an old house to tear down or the time to do it, but I encourage you to look for opportunities to build something out of wood for your children or grandchildren. You have no idea how much they will treasure it. One possibility is that when it is time to cut down an old tree from your yard, save some of it to build something for your children and grandchildren. Maybe your father built a picnic table that is damaged beyond repair. Before you throw it out, try to salvage a few boards. Maybe you have to trim off some decayed wood on some pieces but save what you can. If possible, include the kids on the planning and the hands-on work of the project. You are building much more than a birdhouse or a cabinet. You are building precious memories that will leave a lasting legacy of you for those that mean so much to you.
About the Author:
Todd Shupe is the President of DrToddShupe.com and is a well recognized expert on wood-based housing and building materials, wood decay and degradation, and wood science. Shupe worked as a professor and lab director at LSU for over 20 years. He is active in several ministries including his Christian blog ToddShupe.com. Todd is the President of the Baton Rouge District of United Methodist Men, and Board Member for Gulf South Men and a Team Leader for The Kingdom Group. He is a volunteer for the Walk to Emmaus, Grace Camp, and Iron Sharpens Iron. Todd is a Men’s Ministry Specialist through the General Commission of United Methodist Men and is in training to be a Certified Lay Minister through the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.