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woodworking • lumber • assemble
stain • doorknob
  1. The bed comes in many parts and you have to it at your house.
  2. You have to this wood before the rainy season or you will have problems.
  3. He made that table in his class when he was in high school.
  4. You have to push the in and to the right to lock it.
  5. I think we are going to need more to finish building these stairs.
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382 The Table
Mary talks about making a table.

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We really enjoy doing woodworking.

'Woodworking' is an activity that involves making furniture and other objects out of wood.

Notice the following:

  1. My best subject at school was always woodworking.
  2. It seems that not many girls take up woodworking.


We thought of a project, which was the table and kind of designed what it would look like and bought some lumber.

'Lumber' is the name for wood that has been cut from a tree and made into long flat pieces which will be used to build things.

Notice the following:

  1. I worked at a lumber yard in my spare time.
  2. My dad always has some lumber lying around.


The process was a lot of fun, making the plan and actually using four or five different kinds of tools to assemble it.

When you 'assemble' something it means that you build it or you put all the pieces together.

Notice the following:

  1. You buy them flat packed and then you take them home and assemble it yourself.
  2. I think I will help to assemble the table.


Once everything was sanded and stained and done it really impressed me.

In this case, 'stain' refers to a special type of liquid, similar to clear paint, that you put on wood to protect it and to give it a different color. 'Stained wood' has been covered with this wood.

Notice the following:

  1. I need to stain the fence.
  2. We are going to redo the floor in our kitchen and want to find a good stain.


My front door has no doorknob at the moment.

A 'doorknob' is the handle that you use to push or pull a door open or shut.

Notice the following:

  1. I would like to buy a fancy doorknob for my front door.
  2. This doorknob only locks from the inside.