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Most of our customers call in to place their orders, and have more than likely had the experience of having to call back repeatedly, while our phone line seems to bark back with a never-ending busy signal. buy mu legend zen Yes, there is rarely a dull moment here at the Foster Mill, and one advantage of building our website was to have a user-friendly online order form. mu legend power leveling Some of you have caught on and used it (and it appears you will never go back to calling in your orders), while others still don’t know it exists or are hesitant to give it a try. buy mu legend zen We would like to encourage everyone to use the online order form at least once, so you know where to find it and how it works (just in case our famous busy signal doesn’t seem to resonate well with you one day), and you will now have an alternative way to place your order. Parajumpers High Fill Power Light Long Bear cheap mu Legend zen Simply go to www.fosterplaningmill.com – click on the menu tab on the left that says “Order Form”, fill in, hit “Submit” at the bottom, and voila! We will call to collect payment if you don’t have an open account or a credit card on file with us.

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The Versatility Of Basswood

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Our staple wood, basswood, is a soft, light-colored, adidas zx 500 relatively light-weight hardwood, ugg boots sale which comes from the American Linden tree. adidas superstar It grows abundantly in an area stretching from the Appalachian Mountains, west into the Great Lakes area, air jordan basket and north into Canada. New Balance Outlet UK There is no shortage of basswood timber and it is the premier choice of many framers for a number of reasons. Aside from being extremely economical, oakley military law basswood paints and stains well – it has a relatively uniform light color, which helps to maintain consistent finishes from one piece of wood to the next. asics france Also, asics france basswood is considered ideal for carving, as the wood is soft and does not force the knife to follow the grain. Gilding, goldleafing, nike homme solde and an array of other creative finishes are also commonly performed on basswood mouldings.

Moulding Monthly Newsletter July 2010

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We just launched our first official newsletter entitled “Moulding Monthly” and the intro reads: Welcome to our monthly newsletter that is designed to feature mouldings, nike foamposite finishing tips, new balance 1600 wood types, nike air presto events, adidas zx flux and new happenings here at Foster Planing Mill (FPM), as well as attribute interesting work our customers are involved with. Nike Air Max 90 Baskets We are committed to creating the highest quality wood moulding on the market, ray ban promo code 2014 as well as providing top-notch, oakley half jacket 2.0 personalized customer service. Thank you for taking interest in our products, asics uk as we continue thriving in our 88th year of operation.

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Profile spotlight: #812 & professional sanding tips

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With dimensions 1-3/4 x 2-3/4, this rounded profile has a grand, traditional style and can be found on p. 28 of our catalog. For those who are a bit rough around the edges when it comes to sanding (by the way this step can make or break the end quality of the moulding product), we called in a professional to share some valuable pointers. Pete from Absolute Framemakers in Los Angeles, CA shared that there are different sanding techniques for different finishes. Klingspor brand sandpaper is his weapon of choice, and he uses a palm sander to achieve the look and feel he is after. He suggests starting with a 100 grit and sanding to about 220 for most frames, and we thank him kindly for sharing the following specifics: if working with a clear wax, then take the grit up to 320 – this gives it a nice quality finish, which also looks glossy and feels ultra smooth. Pre-stained conditioners, along with water-based stains and paints will more than likely raise the grain, so once the grain is raised, then sand using 400 grit, then apply the stain. When using laquer or wax, do not sand inbetween stains or between the stain and top coat. Example: use 220 grit, apply pre-stained conditioner, then use 400 grit, stain, then apply top coat. The last bit of advice given is that when using a palm sander on picture frame moulding, be careful on the lip of the frame, as the slightest wrong move or too much pressure can cause curvature.

Manufacturing moulding – the overall process

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We thought it would be a good idea to utilize this issue and share with our readers the general process of how moulding is manufactured at our facility. Sure, you order and use the stuff all the time, but how does it come to be? We are sure you will find and agree that this certainly is an intricate and dedicated process. Basically, lumber arrives at the mill in boards of various thicknesses (ie: 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4, etc.), which are then ripped down with a ripsaw to be just a little bigger than what is needed for the actual dimensions of the pattern scheduled for milling. Note: an extra 1/8″ on each of the 4 sides is needed so a nice, smooth finish will be the end result. Large, cylindrical cutter heads are positioned in the moulding machine and hold pieces of steel with the specified pattern shape cut into it (knives). The moulder has the capability to have pattern knives set at the top, bottom, and each of the sides (6 knives per pattern to be exact – 2 on the top, 2 on the bottom, and one on each side). The prepped lumber is then run through the moulder, which is then converted into a piece of moulding within one pass through the machine. As the piece of wood is fed into the moulder, each of the knives cuts the shape in sequence to produce the finalized shape. The following are the elements involved for creating successful patterns: 1) quality lumber, 2) carefully designed knives, 3) precise positioning of the cutter heads holding the knives – at Foster we measure and maintain tolerance of 5000ths of an inch (equivalent of 1-2 sheets of copy paper!). The reason for maintaining such high tolerance is to ensure the profiles consistently match up from one run to the next, 4) very stable and controlled hold on the lumber as it passes through the moulder – if the “hold-down” is too loose, the wood will bounce around creating defects, and if held too tightly, the lumber will bind up in the machine as it cannot proceed & pass through with ease (there is a very fine balance between too little and too much pressure), 5) a professionally trained eye – as moulding comes out of the machine, we look at every piece to make sure it is usable, as wood does unpredictable things after it is machined (ie: straight pieces can become crooked, defects under the surface become exposed, the grain may tear out, etc.). Sigh…and there you have it. As mentioned, this is a general overview of what goes into every lineal foot of moulding you order and use. With that said, each step can be broken down further into much greater detail – we can make plans to explore these particular steps in following newsletter issues. In closing, we hope you enjoyed learning a little something about our overall daily process here at Foster Planing Mill.

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