How to Seal & Waterproof Particle Board (EASY Step by Step Guide)
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How to Seal & Waterproof Particle Board (EASY Step by Step Guide)

Particle board has many distinct advantages as a building material, which is why it’s used in so many types of projects, from kitchen cabinets to floors, and more. But unfortunately, particle board isn’t waterproof – which can cause some problems. I’ve used particle board in a lot of different ways, including places where I needed…

How To Waterproof Plywood (7+ EASY Ways in 2023)
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How To Waterproof Plywood (7+ EASY Ways in 2023)

Plywood has become a staple building material because it’s stable, impact-resistant, and sturdy despite its relative thinness – not to mention how affordable it is. However, even extremely durable plywood can become weak, especially when moisture comes into play. Luckily, waterproofing plywood is easier than you think. In this post, I’ll explore how to waterproof…

6 Absolute BEST Sanders for Removing Paint (Tested & Reviewed in 2023)
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6 Absolute BEST Sanders for Removing Paint (Tested & Reviewed in 2023)

As a woodworker and DIYer, I can’t count the number of times I’ve needed to remove paint from wood, walls, or other surfaces. A power sander can make your job SOOO much easier (trust me, it’s worth it!). Instead of spending hours using a sanding block, you can get the job done in less than…

5 Best Wood Lathes for Beginners (Tested & Reviewed in 2023)
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5 Best Wood Lathes for Beginners (Tested & Reviewed in 2023)

When you’re first starting out in the wonderful world of woodturning, it’s essential to have a lathe that’s designed for beginners. But finding the best wood lathe for beginners can be challenging, and that’s exactly why I put this list together—to help you, an aspiring woodturner, find the best entry-level wood lathe so you can…

How Long Does Linseed Oil Take to Dry? (Tips for Faster Drying!)

How Long Does Linseed Oil Take to Dry? (Tips for Faster Drying!)

If you’re a painter, woodworker, or DIYer, there’s a good chance you’re somewhat familiar with linseed oil. This unique oil can be applied to the surfaces of furniture, wood crafts, and other products for added protection for your projects. While linseed oil is a great, eco-friendly alternative to traditional stains and finishes, it has one…

Paint Thinner vs Acetone: Which is Better? (2023 Guide)

Paint Thinner vs Acetone: Which is Better? (2023 Guide)

Whether you’re a painter, cosmetologist, or woodworker that uses solvents, it’s important to understand the difference between paint thinner and acetone. Although these liquids have similar chemical compositions and ingredients, they are not the same and have different uses. It’s important to understand how these materials are different and how they work so that you…

Lacquer Thinner vs Paint Thinner: Which is Better? (2023 Guide)

Lacquer Thinner vs Paint Thinner: Which is Better? (2023 Guide)

Lacquer thinners and paint thinners are really useful (and sometimes stinky!) chemical solvents used to thin different lacquers, epoxies, and oil-based paints.  These substances really do come in handy when you’re trying to get hardened paint off certain surfaces or make viscous lacquers easier to work with.  The trouble is, while lacquer and paint thinners…

5 Best Exterior Polyurethane (Tested & Reviewed in 2023)
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5 Best Exterior Polyurethane (Tested & Reviewed in 2023)

Exterior polyurethane is one of the most time-tested and trusted wood finishes, and it can be used to strengthen and beautify softwoods, hardwoods, and any wood-based products. But there are so many exterior polys on the market today—it’s no wonder people often struggle with finding the best one. That’s why I put together this list…

Metabo vs Makita: Which Tools Are Better? (2023 Guide)
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Metabo vs Makita: Which Tools Are Better? (2023 Guide)

Makita is one of the most well-respected names in the power tool manufacturing space, and their products are known for being on par with those made by DeWalt, Hitachi, and Craftsman. Then there’s Metabo, a lesser-known German tool manufacturer, but nonetheless one with a hundred-year-old reputation for manufacturing top-quality hand and power tools. I’ve used…

Kobalt vs Craftsman: Which Tools Are Better? (2023 Guide)
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Kobalt vs Craftsman: Which Tools Are Better? (2023 Guide)

I’ve used just about every tool brand you can find and two brands that often get compared are Kobalt and Craftsman tools. But which is better? In this Kobalt vs Craftsman comparison, I’ll explore the key differences between these brands and which is better. Let’s get started! Kobalt vs Craftsman Tool Quality and Durability Having…

Is Polyurethane Waterproof? (Here’s What You Need to Know!)
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Is Polyurethane Waterproof? (Here’s What You Need to Know!)

Polyurethane is an awesome way to protect your wood’s surface while showing off its natural beauty. This finish can be used on all kinds of woodworking projects for added protection, but is polyurethane waterproof? In this post, I’ll uncover the truth about using polyurethane to waterproof wood and much more. Let’s dig in! Is Polyurethane…

5 Best Respirators for Woodworking (Tested & Reviewed in 2023)
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5 Best Respirators for Woodworking (Tested & Reviewed in 2023)

Safety gear is an essential part of woodworking and one of the most critical pieces is a respirator or dust mask. These will protect your lungs and organs against harmful particles of dust, paint fumes, and any other airborne contaminants that might get dispersed when woodworking. In this post, I’ll examine the absolute best respirator…

Best Wood for Planter Box & Raised Garden Beds (& Which to Avoid!)
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Best Wood for Planter Box & Raised Garden Beds (& Which to Avoid!)

Looking to make a planter box or raised garden bed? These open containers are typically built from wood, and provide your crops with raised-bed protection. It’s like your garden’s own little fortress. Planter box raised garden beds are a gardener’s dream, because you can fill it with your favorite minerals, soils, fertilizers, and crops.  If…

Flipping Furniture for Profit: How to Get Started (Beginners Guide)
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Flipping Furniture for Profit: How to Get Started (Beginners Guide)

Are you considering trying your hand at flipping furniture? It seems like everybody and their mother is interested in this super-satisfying DIY hobby.  Why? Oh, only because it requires the most simple, basic DIY know-how. Plus, it can actually be a profitable side hustle! Flipping furniture is great for home improvement novices, or crafty humans…

5 Best Tape Measures for Woodworkers (Tested & Reviewed in 2023)
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5 Best Tape Measures for Woodworkers (Tested & Reviewed in 2023)

Few hand tools are more essential than the classic tape measure. Tape measures are capable of taking all kinds of measurements, and they’re much more versatile than other measuring devices like rulers. When it comes to woodworking, having an easy to ready tape measure is essential. That’s why I put together this list of the…

Does Polyurethane Yellow? Here’s What You Should Know!

Does Polyurethane Yellow? Here’s What You Should Know!

Polyurethane is a popular finish that’s applied to a variety of materials, mainly because it makes surfaces more resistant to wear and tear while enhancing their visual appeal at the same time. But most polyurethane yellows over time, meaning it’s incompatible with numerous wood stains and paints, which is something you should know before applying…

7 Best Brushes for Staining Wood (Tested & Reviewed 2023)
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7 Best Brushes for Staining Wood (Tested & Reviewed 2023)

Staining your wood projects is a vital step that can make or break your project. By staining it correctly, you’ll add protection and give it the look you want. I’ve been using wood stains on my projects for years, but there’s one aspect many woodworkers overlook – finding the right brush! In this post, I’ll…

How to Thin Polyurethane (For Spraying, Brushing, & Rolling)
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How to Thin Polyurethane (For Spraying, Brushing, & Rolling)

Polyurethane is a fantastic finish that’s added to wood surfaces to make them stronger, smoother, and more appealing overall. But before you apply polyurethane, you’ll probably want to do some thinning, and thinning poly properly will play a big role in determining how it looks after several coats have been applied. Below, I’ll discuss how…

How to Tell if Wood is Pressure Treated (8 EASY Ways)
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How to Tell if Wood is Pressure Treated (8 EASY Ways)

Pressure-treated wood is a commonly used building material for a variety of projects including both residential and commercial projects. But when you’re buying lumber, how do you know if it’s treated lumber or regular wood? In this post, I’ll explore how to tell if wood is pressure treated, the different types of pressure treated lumber,…

Can You Use Pressure Treated Wood Indoors: Dangers & Uses (2023 Guide)

Can You Use Pressure Treated Wood Indoors: Dangers & Uses (2023 Guide)

Pressure treated wood is a common material that’s extremely useful for outdoor applications. This type of wood can withstand the elements day in and day out which makes it perfect for decks and other exterior projects. But can you use pressure treated wood indoors? I’ll explore if you can use pressure treated wood indoor, the…