Shiplap vs. Tongue and Groove

Shiplap vs tongue and groove Wood

Wooden cladding is a common occurrence in covering the external walls of buildings. It serves as an effective means of weatherproofing. Two terms that you may often hear associated with cladding are shiplap and tongue & groove. These are two different methods for joining wooden cladding planks together. Shiplap vs tongue & groove is a … Read more

Guide to Woodworking in an Apartment

Interior of a modern house — Photo

If you are passionate about woodworking and want to do woodworking in an apartment it is entirely possible. There are some considerations you need to make, precautions to take and you are good to go! Woodworking in an apartment seems an unlikely location to pursue your hobby or profession of woodworking. But surprisingly, it is … Read more

Japanese vs Western Chisels

lot of sawdust. Wooden background.

If you want a fine chisel to work with, a Japanese chisel is an excellent choice. Although western-style tools have a wide range, Japanese tools can add to the value of your woodworking toolbox. When we consider Japanese vs western chisels, Japanese chisels have a few notable advantages over their western counterparts. The Japanese style … Read more

Japanese vs Western Saws

Japanese vs Western Saws in white background

The Japanese style of woodworking is one of the most unique in the world. You will find a wide variety of interesting tools used in Japanese woodworking. The western style of woodworking has an even wider range of tools, and it’s interesting to compare the two styles of woodworking. When we compare Japanese vs western … Read more

A Brief History of Woodworking

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Wood is a material that holds a fascination for many people. Woodworkers are a respected community of people in society. Woodworking has always been around since ancient times. The history of woodworking is something that holds an attraction to everyone. Wood is a material that has passed through many eras since ancient times. Woodworking has … Read more

Walnut vs Birch Woods Compared

The process of woodworking involves dealing with different types of wood. As a woodworker, it is always desirable to know about various woods, how to identify them, and use them. Two commonly used types of wood in the United States are walnut and birch. Walnut and birch are both hardwoods that have gained popularity over … Read more

Best Wood Finishes for Children’s Toys


With small children at home, you need to be on your guard about their safety round the clock. Accidents will happen even at the best of times. Small children tend to put everything into their mouths. Like in our post that features the best wood for children’s toys, we also need to consider the type … Read more

Sapwood vs Heartwood

Wooden texture from cut tree trunk of maple tree, closeup. Cross section of a tree trunk. Top view

An important aspect to consider in woodworking is the two primary components of a tree trunk, the sapwood and the heartwood. The sapwood is the outer region of the tree trunk, it is usually lighter in color and softer. On the other hand, the heartwood is the central part of the tree trunk, which is … Read more

Is Reclaimed Wood Cheaper?

Scrap wood and lumber cuttings for firewood

We call wood deemed for demolishing as part of old buildings or even wood from old condemned furniture reclaimed wood. There are several advantages of reclaimed wood and some downsides as well. A much-debated question is the price of reclaimed wood. Is reclaimed wood cheaper? You may ask. Many factors determine the final price of … Read more

Japanese vs Western Woodworking – Differences Compared

Woodworking and carpentry tools in workshop.

Of all the different countries which have various styles of woodworking, Japanese woodworking is one of the most unique styles. It is set apart from the western style of woodworking. You can learn a lot from the Japanese style of woodworking. It is an ancient form of woodworking passed down from generation to generation. Japanese … Read more