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

Can You Stain Over Paint?

I have a piece of painted wood but want to darken and protect it…Do I really need to strip off the paint first or can you apply stain over painted wood? Wood is used on a wide variety of projects in part for its strength and durability. To enhance the durability of this versatile material, … Read more

Will Bleach Prevent Wood Rot?

We use wood extensively for construction and other purposes, but water is something that it should never come into contact with, at least extensively, unless it’s a boat. If wood gets exposed to water through leakage it might develop rot. Wood rot can result in many structural problems, both indoors and outdoors especially when it … Read more

Best Wood for Tool Handles

We tend to focus a lot on the different types of tools that we use in woodworking. But we rarely consider the wood that goes into making the handles for those tools. As a woodworker, it is useful to know about the most suitable wood for making tool handles and why we choose them. In … Read more