Does Unfinished Wood Always Need to be Sanded?

The carpenter uses a polishing machine to smooth the wood.

Sanding can be a messy task when you work with wood. You end up with a lot of sawdust and debris, and it is an extremely time-consuming job. It might surprise you to know that you don’t always need to sand wood. So, as a woodworker, you need to identify situations where you don’t need … Read more

Does Wood Swell in the Heat?

The wood skirting board became swelling

When wood comes into contact with heat and humidity, its fibers expand.  Wood is a porous and hygroscopic material. It means that when left on its own it will absorb water readily. The result is that the wood swells. Heat also has a similar effect on wood. Does wood swell in heat? Yes, it does. … Read more

Does Wood Patina?

letterpress wood type with ink patina

A patina is a thin layer of material that forms on wood over time. Caused by the interaction of wood with the environment, it is generally brown or black. Patina is a phenomenon that occurs naturally, but you can create it artificially. It also forms on the surface of copper, brass, bronze, and other metals. … Read more

Does Wood Lose Strength Over Time?

Wooden log cabin also know as wigwam

Popular legend says that sawn lumber grows stronger with age. It’s a fact that old wood is stronger than on the day it was first milled. Old wood is at least 50% stronger than fresh-cut lumber. Does wood lose strength over time? As wood grows older, decreased moisture content makes it stronger. It shrinks the … Read more

Does Juniper Wood Resist Rot?

closeup of juniper wood pattern

Woodworkers are ever in search of a wood that resists rot adequately. All types of wood are prone to rot to a greater or lesser extent, but some resist it better than others. Juniper, specifically western juniper has proven to be a reasonably rot-resistant wood. Does juniper resist rot? Yes, juniper has a high resistance … Read more

Does Plywood Insulate Better Than Drywall?

Insulated frames for prefabricated house at the construction site

Plywood and Gyprock are sought-after building materials. Several thin layers of wood are pasted together to make plywood. Drywall is also referred to as gypsum board or plasterboard. We make drywall using gypsum, paper, and a few additives. It may also contain recycled paper and some non-toxic additives. Does plywood insulate better than drywall? Plywood … Read more

How to Remove Wood Glue From Clothes?

Girl using rhinestones and patches

Other than wood, wood glue also bonds well to paper and fabric. So, when you get wood glue on your clothes, how do you remove it? However careful you are, when working with wood glue, getting some on your clothes even if you wear an apron is sort of inevitable. How to get rid of … Read more

Does Wood Glue Work on Paper?

Roll of wallpaper and roller ready to work

If you need to glue wood and paper, you require an adhesive that bonds both materials well. Both materials are porous. It makes the selection easier than when you stick wood to plastic. Regular polyvinyl acetate (PVA) glue usually suffices. Does wood glue work on paper? Yes, it does. But you need to know how … Read more

Does Wood Glue Work on Fabric?

Set of isolated glue tubes or sticks, superglue

When you glue wood and fabric together, a common mistake is to use basic crafting glue. The glue will only slide away from its position. You need to choose a glue that both wood and fabric will absorb for the best results. A commonly asked question is whether wood glue works on fabric, and if … Read more

Ripping vs Crosscutting Explained

Plank of wood being cut with circular saw in workshop

In the course of woodworking, you will cut wood in two main directions, along the length, and across the length. The general rule that along the length is ripping and to length is to crosscut a board. There is much discussion on these two directions of cutting wood when using each type, the blades used … Read more