Painting furniture can be a fickle process: chipping, bubbling, brush marks and uneven coverage are just a few of the problems that can affect the quality of your paint job.
When joining two matched boards into one, a tongue and groove joint is much stronger than a simple butt joint. The tongue and groove joint can be easily created using a router with a matched set of router bits, or on a table saw using a stacked dado blade set.
Eucalyptus conjures images of Australia, whose old-growth forests primarily consist of this large, strong tree. In the late 19th century, eucalyptus was successfully introduced to California to address the need for timber and railroad ties.