How to Rip Wood on a Table Saw

Some woodwork tasks require the use of a table saw to cut through, ripping wood is one such example. Ripping simply means cutting a long board lengthwise, to build or renovate a door or window frame. Likewise, you constantly have to shave about a half an inch or so from the length of the wood board.

Consequently, it is impossible to make such straight cuts with a circular saw or a hand saw. Sometimes you cannot even make the cut. You would know this if you have done so or tried. A table saw is always the best answer to wood ripping.

However, if you are still new at woodworking, here is a simple guide on how to rip wood on a table saw.

Loosening the Gate

This is a metal guide, which runs parallel to the saw blade on the table saw. You will have to loosen it a bit to ease it sliding. Do not remove it from its positioning, by any means.

Making Markings on Your Wood Board

You can use a tape measure to make the markings on the wood board. Make sure you mark the exact midpoint of the width of the wood board with a clear pencil, no need to draw a whole line, all the way down the board length.
This is because the gate will help you maintain a straight line up to where you want. You just have to adjust its measurements the way you want and trust on the saw to maintain the measurement all the way through, no hassle.

Setting the Gate

To ensure you get the correct cut. Set the board′s marked end on top of the table saw. Make sure that you adjust the wood, this way the teeth of the saw touches your pencil marks.

After which you move the wood board a bit to the left to ensure you do not make the cuts on the pencil marks. This is because table saws usually chew off the measurements with at least 1/8 inch. Therefore, you need to preserve the wood board.

Lastly, you have to ensure that the gate is snug against the set wood, and then snap it back into place tightly.

Leveling the Board

You can level the board if you have a stand-alone saw. This means you will have to have a leveled working surface area, on both sides of the table saw. Likewise, the surface should level very well with the top of the saw. You can always improvise and use stacks of wood blocks with plywood as a top layer.

However, you can skip this step if you are cutting shorter wood boards of less than four feet or have a table saw that is set into an actual table. Nonetheless, for longer wood boards, the boards will seesaw as you feed it through.

Running the Wood through the Table Saw

Before you run the wood, flip the power switch on, and ensure that the saw′s safety guard is down. After which you can start to push the board slowly but at a steady rate. Make sure you keep it lightly pressed against the gate.

Keep the wood moving because if you stop or slow down, you will notch some big grooves out of your wood board, thus destroying your straight line.

When you are halfway through, try to concentrate more on the wood that is coming through the saw rather than the one on the feed end. You will have to switch your positioning a bit and maneuver with your foot, in order to stop pushing the wood through and start pulling it.

Another option is to keep pushing the wood through, but remember the more you push the closer your hands get to the saw blade. Nonetheless, you can use a push stick to force the wood board through that last foot.


There you have it, a simple way to rip wood on a table saw. Moreover, you should remember to clear off your working area before you start ripping, to limit any unnecessary accidents. Moreover, always put on your safety gear from gloves, safety glasses, and some tight-fitting clothes to avoid saw hazards.
You should also ensure that the table saw and every component in it, is working properly.You can do that by reading about different table saw reviews here. Likewise, make sure that you can easily locate the saw′s safety guard, in case of an accident.…

Lawn Mower

Which is the Best Type Of Push Lawn Mower

Many Lawn Mowers manufacturers are providing different types of Push Lawn Mower, which has many features and also affordable. While using them, you can see the difference between the other types of Lawn Mowers. Let us look at some of the best  Push Lawn Mower.

Lawn Mower

Every lawn mower has its specialties and you have to understand and know your requirements first. The moment you understand what your needs are then it will be a piece of cake for you to get the right mower for your garden. Let us look at some of the best  Push Lawn Mower.

Push Lawn Mower Type and Buying Guide

GreenWorks 25052 – Price – $64

If you want to finish the job quicker than 16-Inches cutting path will make it happen. The rear bag capabilities are 2-in-1 featured mower. The mower allows you to cut the grass in four cutting ranges. You can make your lawn beautiful with 10-Inches front and 2-inches rear wheels. The Greenworks aim is to provide a Lawn Mower which is compact, no noise and No gas needed a mower. This is the perfect model if you are buying lawn mower for this first time.

American Lawn Mower 1204-14 –  Price – $57.97

An entry level Lawn Mower is useful for those who have a small garden. 1204-14 is capable of taking care of tricky places as well. It is recommended that you let your garden dry first then use the mower for better results. The 14-inches cutter has two cutting settings which will allow you to cut smoothly. The mower has the technology which cuts like a scissor. The is compact and can be disassembled anytime you wish for it.

Husqvarna 5521P – Price – $269

The powerhouse 21-inches Briggs and Stratton have the power to cut through the grass smoothly and more tender. Did you know that it also prevents from growing of the grass. The front wheels have 8-inches and 12-inches rear wheels, and the 140cc engine will run like a powerhouse mower. The product comes with two years of manufacturer warranty.

Yard Machines – $150

The yard machines are known for providing the mid-range products for every lawn mower. The yard machine is made to take of small to medium gardens, and The 140c engine is made to cut through the small and medium yards. The 20-inches blades made from high-quality of steel and 7-inches front and rear wheels are made to cut through smoothly. The product came with two years of warranty and priced between $140 to $160.

Poulan Pro 961120134 – Pice $140 – $180

The Pro 961120134 is made for working. The innovative design will ensure that your lawn is cleaned and trimmed well. The 140cc Briggs & Stratton engine has the power to cut through wet and compacting grass, and also the blades are easy to clean. The product is compact and easy to maintain. It came with Two-years of manufacturer warranty and priced between $140 to $180.


If you are looking for a compact and lightweight version of Lawn Mower, then you can go for one of the mowers which we have reviewed here. If your garden is small and medium, then you can find plenty of mowers, which are capable of delivering results. If you have any doubts or questions then comment below.…

Partying for a Living

How Tiësto Survived 20 Years of Partying for a Living

To even hear Tiësto talk about his career—the parties, the traveling, more parties, more traveling, sold-out stadiums, playing the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, headlining Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Stereosonic, Tomorrowland and Ultra—is exhausting. But the veteran Dutch DJ (legal name: Tijs Michiel Verwest) wouldn’t describe his dream job as tiring in any way.

At age 47, Tiësto is still embracing the challenge of remaining relevant in what is an increasingly growing pool of DJs hoping to reach his level. He’s still as excited about performing his next set as he was when he started DJing in front of a handful of people at bars and clubs in 1994. This Friday, Tiësto is celebrating the 500th episode of his globally syndicated radio show CLUBLIFE by playing a special six-hour set at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.

Still as relentless and passionate as when he first started doing all this, we caught up with Tiësto to talk about why he’s still doing this—and why he wants to continue doing this.

Single people (under 35) would definitely prefer the downtown area, with more affordable rentals and condos, with closer proximity to the PATH station, NJ Transit trains and downtown ferry slip. There’s a larger concentration of bars and late-night pizza places too–much more action in general.

Some spots in town are a zoo on the weekend. Downtown neat the PATH station on a hot summer night at 2:30 a.m. when bars let out–you can safely bet that at least a few street scuffles will break out–and you’ll see police action. I’d put my money on it.

After celebrating the full moon in December and figuring out things the hard way, I’ve compiled a chunk of important tips to keep in mind when getting ready for your own full moon party on Koh Phangan.

From food, dress, and taxi info, to bar scam warnings, these 15 tips will keep you alert and on budget.

If you’re not heading to the island anytime soon, then watch it anyway — you just might change your mind

But one thing I’d tell everyone about are the “gotchas” that might hurt their quality of life. Parking rules… all sorts of parking rules, including and not limited to alternate-side parking, parked cars getting smashed by hit & run drunk drivers, parking too close to intersections … I could go on.

Friday night could be a slightly quieter affair, where you and your guests could catch up on each other’s news, cook a meal together or order in takeaway.

Our heated indoor swimming pools are perfect for chilling out on Saturday before the main event.  For the more adventurous of you, there are plenty of activities nearby, like clay pigeon shooting, golf, paint balling quad biking and surfing.

I’d also cover ridiculous processes at City Hall.  Our government is sort of screwy. Parking Utility is a mess. They can’t handle emergencies or storms. The roads are the worst in the country in my opinion.

But they seem to care more about “parks” before they fix the flooding, crime and other real-world quality of life issues. On top of that–unnecessary fees, excess micro-management, political in-fighting, countless lawyers, lawsuits and more that are quite embarrassing to watch. In general, you’re never too far away from yet another gaffe coming out of our City Hall. Almost comical.

Winner of DJ Mag

In the News : Martin Garrix revealed as Winner of DJ Mag TOP 100

Martin Garrix has been revealed as the winner of the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll 2016, with the 20-year-old Dutch superstar becoming the youngest ever No.1 DJ.

Garrix, who takes the coveted top spot from 2015 winners, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, was awarded the No.1 trophy by his mentor, Tiësto, on stage at the Top 100 DJs poll award ceremony at the Heineken Music Hall. The event was the opening party in this year’s AMF Festival, the largest of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE).

The award caps a meteoric rise for Garrix over the past few years — ever since ‘Animals’ shot to No.1 around the world in 2013. He was odds-on favourite to win in 2016, after coming third in 2015.

On receiving the award, Martin Garrix said, “It feels unreal to have won. I 100 percent did not expect it at all. I’ve had an amazing year, with awesome shows and amazing fans — I’m so thankful for their support. It just shows how dope the fan-base is.”

This year, votes in the Top 100 DJs Poll exceeded one million for the first time ever, with dance music fans taking part from almost every country on the planet. The most votes came from the USA, followed by India, Brazil, Mexico, Belgium, Netherlands, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Russia, China, Japan and beyond.

For 2016, the voting platform was opened up to more territories, reflecting the new frontiers of international club culture. The app was translated into Russian, Chinese (simplified) and Japanese, in addition to seven other global languages. Voters in China were able to use Weibo –  one of China’s biggest social media platforms.


There are 13 new entries and 6 re-entries. Last year’s winners, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, slip down to No.2. Hardwell also drops one place, to No.3, while the Top 10 remains largely unchanged — Armin van Buuren (No.4), Tiësto (5) and David Guetta (6) all keep the same positions as 2015. Avicii drops down to No.11, with Oliver Heldens jumping into the Top 10 from last year’s No.12  — making him the Highest House DJ. Skrillex stays at No.9 for the third year in a row, and Afrojack stays in the Top 10.

In the next ten, last year’s highest new entry KSHMR is up 11 to No.12 and Don Diablo is up 15 places to No.15 — his continued rise earning him the new Audi #Untaggable Award. Ummet Ozcan is up 17 to No.19, while just outside at No.22 — up 10 places — is DJ Snake. Calvin Harris, despite still being one of the highest earners, falls three places to No.14, while DVBBS, Diplo and Blasterjaxx slide out of the Top 20.

The highest ‘new’ name in this year’s chart is The Chainsmokers, who’ve re-entered the Top 100 DJs poll. After breaking into it due to the success of their ‘#Selfie’ track a couple of years ago, they slid out of the Top 100 last year, but re-enter the top 20 this time around.

The highest new entry is Marshmello. One place above him is Swanky Tunes — this year’s Highest Climbers. Other acts who’ve notably climbed manyplaces up the chart include Quintino (up 48), Galantis (up 59), MaRLo (up 42) and Robin Schulz (up 30). The only other new entry in the top 50 is Florian Picasso, a relative of the famous artist Pablo, although Brazil’s Vintage Culture and Lost Stories from India are just outside. The latter join DJ Chetas, up 26 places to No.33, as representatives from India, one of electronic dance music’s most exciting new frontiers.

Re-entries into the Top 100 DJs Poll include Russian trance DJs, Bobina and DJ Feel; psy-trance Israelis, Infected Mushroom; Brazilian electro duo Felguk; and French house veteran Martin Solveig. In the world of hard dance, Angerfist is down eight places, but at No.46 is still the Highest Hard DJ. Armin van Buuren is still the Highest Trance DJ.…

Food Pairings

Mezcal Makes for Hot Food Pairings

Mezcal is ready for its moment.

As customers expand their palates and drink through whiskey and tequila, they will inevitably seek new categories to explore. Makers of premium rum are betting on, as are producers of mezcal.

Mezcal is made from a blend of many agaves. This is unlike tequila, which is produced only from blue agave. Mezcal also tends to be smokier and sweeter that the other white Mexican spirit, and comes from a different area of Mexico (Oaxaca) than tequila (mostly in Jalisco).

Customers today have a taste for products that are unusual, authentic and of high quality. This is likely how many will first try mezcal. And for these adventurous drinkers, the smoky, spicy spirit also makes for some interesting food pairings.

Most people think of mezcal as spicy — justifiable so. In the Purple Corn, this spice was subdued by the sweeter elements. That is, until the finish, when the spice emerged as a nice closing note.

The overall lightness of this cocktail matched perfectly with the lightweight salad. If one followed a bite of the salad with a sip of the cocktail, then the Purple Corn’s pleasantly hot finish provided just the right exclamation mark to the drink/dish combo.

For the second course I selected the duck enmoladas with red mole sauce. The drink pairing for this was named Small Dose, made with Creyente, Paul Beau VS., Yellow Chartreuse and Demarara.

The cocktail looked and tasted like a Sazerac, only significantly spicier. After being light up front it quickly brought the heat. Here, the bartender let loose the natural spice of the mezcal. In matching this cocktail with the red mole sauce, heat met heat in a balance of power. Spicier dishes are natural pairings for this spirit.

Making a great-tasting cup of coffee can be more difficult than it seems at first blush. When making coffee at home, sometimes people will brew it too strong or too weak. This article will provide you with helpful tips for making enjoyable coffee.

Are you pleased with your drip-machine coffee? Better brews can be achieved by allowing your machine to get hot by running a water-only cycle. Once you have done this, make a pot of coffee as you normally would. This method also cleans your machine out pretty well.

When you purchase coffee beans, keep them somewhere else than the package they came in. You have to keep the beans in an opaque, airtight container. They will stay fresh for awhile this way.

Only use an airtight container to store your favorite coffee in the refrigerator. When the container isn’t airtight, odors and flavors from other foods can seep in. Improper storage can add moisture to your coffee.

When you are looking for a coffee grinder, do not purchase one that uses blades. Instead, look for one that has cone shaped or grinding burrs to reduce the beans. You will obtain a more consistent cut. Also, the flat blades have a tendency to overheat and can give your coffee a scorched flavor.

If you are buying coffee from a drive-in window, always error on the side of caution to stay as protected as possible. Typically, when you are buying coffee in this form, it will be piping hot, as you will not want to burn your hands or other areas of your body.

The introduction to this article made it clear that making good coffee is harder than it sounds. Nevertheless, when you apply what you’ve learned here, you’ll be headed in the directed of the holy grail cup of coffee.


Piquing Interest In Pisco

Pisco is among foreign spirits gaining from America’s craft-cocktail movement. A white Peruvian spirit distilled from wine, it’s similar in some aspects to grappa or brandy. To learn more, I recently sat down with pisco guru Johnny Schuler.

Schuler is master distiller for Portón, the top-selling premium pisco in Peru. Before taking that role in 2011, he spent decades working with the spirit. He has traveled the world as a pisco ambassador, judged numerous competitions, fought for industry regulations, and hosts a pisco TV show: Por Las Rutas del Pisco. He also owns two restaurants in Peru.

I met Schuler over drinks last week at Urbo in Manhattan. When Portón began business four years ago, he said, there were 4-5 other pisco brands in America. Now there are 16-18. But he doesn’t mind the competition.

“We need to create the category in America,” Schuler said. “I don’t want people to be afraid of this spirit just because they don’t know what it is.”

Pisco dates back to 1641. Peruvians started distilling their grape crops to avoid high taxes imposed on their wine by the King of Spain.

Today, the spirit is governed by strict regulations that uphold tradition. Only eight varietals are allowed in production, which is further limited to five regions, mostly along Peru’s coastline. (Chile also contains a large pisco industry, which is a point of contention between the two countries.)

Unlike grappa or brandy, pisco is not produced from pomace but raw wine. The magic occurs in copper pot stills similar to those used for cognac. Regulations mandate that pisco be distilled to proof. Water is not used to reduce ABV. The purpose of this is to maintain purity.

Deviating from brandy, pisco is unaged and unwooded. Rather, it ferments in water-jacketed holding tanks via natural yeast. “We like to say that cognac is made by oak, and pisco is made by nature,” Schuler explained.

Three types of pisco are permitted. “Puro” is made from a single varietal, “Acholado” is a blend, and “Mosto Verde” involves distilling mid-fermentation rather than at the end.

The result of all this is a clear spirit high in flavor and low on harshness. Pisco does not burn on the nose or going down. It’s round, pure and pleasant.

Most everyone enjoys a great meal and complementing it can be easy with wine, if you know how to choose. This article will provide you with excellent tips on how to pair wine and food together and when to serve what. It may take a little learning and practice to figure out, but it will be well worth the effort.

Make sure you attend several wine tastings. These events can be a lot of fun and can expand your horizons in your wine experience. You can even turn this into a social event. If you know anyone else who is curious about wine or loves it, invite them as well. You can build your social ties and well as enjoy the atmosphere and cheer that a wine tasting offers.

Wine goes extremely well with pasta dishes. To choose the perfect wine remember that red wines work best with heavy sauces such as tomato sauce. Pair white wines with white sauces and salads. For basil pestos and other meatless dishes, you should opt for a complimentary wine such as a rosé.

Avoid buying trendy wines. You may hear a lot of buzz about a new wine; however, this does not make it right for you. Just because a celebrity is seen drinking a wine, this does not make it noteworthy. The real truth is in researching the wine itself and knowing if it suits your palate.

You can make a delicious sauce for beef with a red wine. To keep things simple, melt some butter in a saucepan and add some red wine. Simmer and thicken the sauce while the alcohol content is minimized. When finished, pour it lightly over whatever beef dish you are fixing.

Enjoying a meal with the right wine is a special occasion in and of itself, as any connoisseur knows. Hopefully this article has imparted a bit of delicious knowledge about the wine selection process and will help you to make a meal more enjoyable. Pick the perfect bottle for your next meal and discover the joys of wine.