DID YOU KNOW? Not all screwdrivers are created equally. Most people are familiar with two basic types of screwdrivers, SLOTTED ("Flathead") and PHILLIPS. However, many marine fasteners made from Silicon-Bronze alloy use what are known as FREARSON heads. A FREARSON head screw looks very similar to a traditional Phillips head screw, but that's where the similarity ends. A Phillips head screwdriver is designed to pop out of the screw head, once a certain level of torque is reached. A Frearson head will not do this. You will destroy the screw head before the screwdriver will come out. Don't try and save time and money by using your Phillips head screwdriver on a Frearson head screw...You'll only end up wasting both.
DID YOU KNOW? In order to season bamboo, it is best to keep the leaves ON the culm after it is harvested. Leaving the leaves on the culm (the "Trunk", so to peak) draws sugars and starches out of the culm, thus depriving mold, fungus and rot of their food sources. Keep your bamboo stored upright with the leaves on for about 3 weeks (or until the leaves fall off on their own). After this period, cut the remaining branches and leaves off and lay horizontally in the sun, rotating every few days. Do this for up to 3 months. Be sure not to leave it in the sun too long without rotating it, or uneven bleaching can occur. Start early, so your bamboo will be ready when you are!
DID YOU KNOW? When using epoxy in a cold environment in an enclosed space, it is advisable to NOT use a propane space heater (or kerosene or anything which can produce un-burned hydrocarbons). Un-burned hydrocarbons produced by burning fuel can interact negatively with the epoxy resin and hardener, causing incomplete curing or bonding. If you need to warm up your shop in order to reach the minimum curing temperature, use an electric space heater or heat lamp with a blanket over your work to trap the heat. Never leave work which is warming like this un-attended, and always be cautious of vapors. Allow for ventilation.