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

Linseed Oil vs. Teak Oil

Brushing wood oil in teak furniture

Buying wood oils and knowing which one to use is a difficult decision. The varieties that you get can be confusing – oak furniture oil, linseed oil, tung oil, Danish oil, and Teak Oil, just to name a few. Some oils are meant for specific types of wood while others claim to have special properties. … Read more

Teak Oil vs. Teak Sealer

Water on Teak

Teak is a tropical hardwood. You will find it growing in countries of the Indian subcontinent, Myanmar, Thailand, and Indonesia. Woodworkers prefer this wood because of its unique characteristics. It is extremely strong and durable. Teak owes its durability to the presence of natural oils that it produces, which protect the wood from the elements, … Read more

Polyurethane vs. Epoxy

When it comes to coatings for flooring, and countertop surfaces, epoxy vs. polyurethane is a commonly discussed topic. These coatings are commonly used on factory floors as well as for countertops. The flooring is mostly concrete, but we do find the occasional wooden floor as well. A factory owner or manager may have a bare … Read more

Wood Sealer vs. Polyurethane

Hand holding brush painting wooden surface with protective coati

On completion of wooden objects or structures, you need to apply a protective coating. We call this protective coating finish. Applying finish to wood can be easy or difficult depending on the type of finish you apply. In this post, we discuss polyurethane as a wood sealer and other sealers. We apply a sealer to … Read more

Wood Stain vs. Sealer

Colorful wood stain color test samples

As a woodworker, when you are involved in the installation and maintenance of wooden decks and fences, you would necessarily have to get involved with wood stains and wood sealers. But everyone isn’t familiar with everything about these two types of wood finish. With that in mind, we would like to define them. Here is … Read more

What is Spar Urethane?

Featured image: test piece of maple finished with spar varnish (Credit: wikimedia.org) What is Spar Urethane? The spar varnish name is related to the wooden poles on a marine vessel that offer support to the sails, the ship’s spars. This part of the vessel gets maximum exposure to wind, sun and moisture, so the wood … Read more