Wood is humanity’s oldest and perhaps favorite building material. It has remained as popular in the 21st Century as it ever was ages ago. Bending wood is a tricky proposition in the sense that first, wood easily breaks and second, the concern of retaining the bent shape. Several methods and techniques of bending wood have been discovered but the most economical and by far the most popular is using water- hot water, or steam for that matter. This article aims to explore the wood bending method that entails using water, the proper techniques, requirements, and the science behind it all.Continue reading
Glue is among the most commonly used items in several areas such as woodworking, stationery making, plumbing, shoe manufacture or repair and even in the field of automobile assembly and repair. Several types of glue have over the course of time been chanced upon; by natural discovery or artificial means and used for varied purposes. PVA glue is considered a “staple glue” thanks to its versatile uses that seem to cut across all fields and divides. What is PVA glue? This article aims to shine some light on this type of glue, its numerous applications and what makes it so special.Continue reading
Installing countertops can be described as a reasonably straightforward task. Various materials have been used on countertop lamination but none more extensively than Formica. The main idea when laminating countertops is to enhance durability and the general aesthetics of the surface in question. This article is aimed at establishing the correct method of installing Formica, the considerations and tools you will need.Continue reading
Some of the activities we engage in using wood material would require you to have square holes; some puzzles on wood, the toys our kids use and even huge construction projects. The basic technique when you want to create square holes in materials made of wood would involve a three step approach; first, you will have to orient the shape, in this case, a square followed by laying out the shape and finally cutting it out while leaving the material in its initial intact form. It goes without saying that a square has four sides and cutting it out would be best done by having the opposite sides being parallel to each other. I will turn your attention to the systematic approach of how to cut a square hole in wood.Continue reading
Wooden furniture is as impressive to look at as it is to touch. It not only remains very popular but also lasts for a very long time if properly taken care of. Wooden furniture is among some few priceless items that are passed on from generation to generation. Now and then spills and staining will inevitably occur. Cleaning up after the said spills and stains will be done in such a way that the original wood in the furniture isn’t harmed in any way.
The same case applies to candle wax spills. Candle wax can be particularly tricky to clean from wood. Apply too much pressure while scraping and you have yourself a ruined wooden piece. Attempt to clean it too soon and the result is furthering the extent of the candle wax spill. In this article, I’ll discuss a few ways on how to remove wax from wood.Continue reading
DIY paint jobs can be a mix of fun and challenge rolled up into one learning experience. Spray painting is a fun experience when properly done using the appropriate equipment. Before delving into the whole spray painting business, it is important to understand the concept of spray painting, the types of spray painting techniques and the advantages and shortcomings of one technique over another. This helps to appreciate spray painting better and will definitely help to discern better what the best airless paint sprayer is.Continue reading
Have you ever be confronted with problems of lacquer drying on your woodwork with unwanted clots?
Or sometimes the liquid splashes over you and the nearby furniture you never intended to spray?
If yes, then you are lucky because here is the remedy for the problems.
Lacquer might prove to be complicated when being sprayed. In some cases, you may follow all the mixing instructions on the lacquer container and the final product may not come out the way you expected it to be. Combining the mixing skills and the spraying skills which you will learn in a little while, your final product will be awesome, and you will be glad.Continue reading
You'll often hear a debate about which chemical finishing product is superior: polyurethane vs. polycrylic. Each finish has its own pros and cons, which are discussed in the upcoming sections below to help you make an informed decision when you have a task to choose between them.
There are some major differences in polycrylic and polyurethane. Having knowledge about these differences gives you an insight into each of their practical applications.Continue reading
If you want to have a long lasting protection for your wood surface and make it look beautiful in a natural way, then covering it with a polyurethane varnish is an excellent choice. Polyurethane is among the most durable and toughest clear coatings. Spraying polyurethane can be one of the messiest jobs to accomplish. However, if done the right way, it can bring out the natural grain and beauty of the wood and protect it for a long time.Continue reading
Dewalt DW 745 is a table saw primarily used by woodworkers who need to saw through timber for making shelves, shelving materials, cabinets and timber for making doors and sidings. It is a powerful table saw that features a 10 inch, 24 tooth blade which spins at 3850 revolutions per minute. This saw has a 20-inch rip capacity and a rack and pinion fence design that delivers accurate and smooth fence adjustments. It is manufactured by Dewalt Manufacturing company, a toll constructor that is headquartered in Maryland, Baltimore USA.Continue reading