How do I stop my nails from splitting wood?

Old rust hammer and nails on wood board

When you get trained as a woodworker, there are many best practices that they may not teach you. Specific processes and procedures, you will learn through experience. One of the most annoying occurrences in woodworking is when your wood unexpectedly splits. Wood may split due to a variety of reasons. One of the primary causes … Read more

Can You Cut Wet Wood With a Miter Saw?

water drop on a wooden background

Handling wet wood is always a tricky situation. When we call wood “wet” it doesn’t mean that only the surface of the wood is wet. In this post, we refer to wet wood as wood that has not had a chance to fully dry after harvesting the timber from the tree. Whether the intended purpose … Read more

Rosewood vs. Mango Wood (Comparing Wood – Pros & Cons)


As a woodworker, certain wood types may come to your notice with characteristics that make an interesting study. Two such varieties of wood are rosewood and mango wood. Both are extremely hard and durable woods. The reason why we highlight these here is that they both have a distinct aroma, albeit different from each other. … Read more

Stain vs. Paint (Pros & Cons)

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A time may come when you want to restore some of the wooden items outside your home like your yard or pathways. It may be decking, fences, or outdoor furniture. The question that arises here is as to what type of finish that you would like to use, and how suitable those finishes are to … Read more

What is Marine Plywood?

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Plywood comes under the category of engineered wood. We make plywood by gluing thin layers of wood veneer together to form boards of varying thicknesses. The grains of the successive layers of wood veneer are at 90° to each other. The combination of the glue and wood grain orientation gives plywood its tremendous strength. Plywood … Read more

Why Bandsaws Cut Crooked

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A bandsaw is a versatile piece of woodworking shop equipment that every woodworking shop should have. Band saws have a lot of advantages – you can cut unlimited lengths of straight lines or in different curved shapes. You can also cut pieces of different thicknesses with reasonable accuracy. Like all good things, there is always … Read more

Why is My Table Saw Smoking?

circular saw machine front view

A table saw is a great thing to have in your woodworking workshop. There are various types of table saws, some better and more complex than others. You can perform various functions like mitering of compound angles, ripping, and crosscutting. Despite their many advantages, there are a few drawbacks to table saws, especially while using … Read more

Can you paint over varnish?

Cans with color paint, roller brush and color guide

We generally apply varnish to the surface of wood to enhance its looks and provide protection. Varnish imparts a classic look to wood while protecting it from wear and tear, and the elements. You need to follow certain procedures for applying varnish or lacquer, which we deal with in another of our posts. You can … Read more

Can You Use Metal Paint on Wood?

wood painting

When we paint wood, we don’t do it blindly. There is a lot that you need to consider depending on the prevailing circumstances. Of course, all goes well when you have suitable paint at hand. If you follow the instructions there is a possibility of fairly good results. But what if all you have is … Read more

Best Birdhouse Paint Colors That Attract Birds

Colorful collection of birdhouses lined-up on a porch railing.

Watching the activities of birds in your garden or backyard is a satisfying experience. Once you’ve selected the best wood for your birdhouse, you may want to paint it to attract nesting birds. But is it safe to paint birdhouses? How will a bird react to a painted birdhouse? Is it safe for them? These … Read more