How to Start Wood Carving Hobby- A Complete Beginner’s Guide

How to start wood carving

Wood carving is such beautiful art that has crept into the life of man for a long time. For everyone who appreciates art, the place of woodwork is not something you can shove aside. It is the creation of beautiful, meaningful images by carving woods. Wood carving is not something you wake up and find yourself perfect at. It requires a lot of practice, guidance, and patience. It would be best if you equipped yourself with the right tools. And today, I’ll take you through how to start wood carving.

The first thing to know is the types of carvings done on wood. This knowledge will help you to choose your style and techniques. There are four main styles of woodcarving, and the same tools are not always used for each.

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How to Waterproof Painted Wood Furniture for Outdoors

How to Waterproof Painted Wood Furniture for Outdoors

Everyone desires to have an item of long-lasting wood furniture. Still, because the furniture is used outdoors, the weather will eventually have effects on them, making them weak, weathered, and eventually rot. Hence, it’s essential to know how to waterproof painted wood furniture for outdoors to increase durability.

There are various ways to waterproof wood furniture. Still, for painted wood surfaces, the paint has to be stripped off entirely before a primer is first applied, followed by a sealant or any other waterproofing agent such as wood oils, varnish, epoxy, and the likes. The paint has to be stripped for the waterproofing agents to get inside the wood and seal it to make it resistant to water. This article contains everything you need to know about sealing outdoor wood furniture.

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How to Prevent Wood from Rotting in the Ground

How to Prevent Wood from Rotting in the Ground

Wood is used for various purposes, but wood rots can be discouraging, and as a result, you might have your fence posts, and wooden railings weakened and falling off. Having your wooden posts rot away is not desirable as you’ll always have to change your fence posts every few years. This article contains everything you need to know about how to prevent wood from rotting in the ground.

Moisture and warmth affect the wood so that it weakens it, makes it more porous, and eventually increases its surface area, which makes it a site for biological infestation, which ultimately causes wood rot. Using pressure-treated wood is an excellent way to prevent wood rotting as it contains chemicals that make the wood resistant to biological attack.

Although some might not like the choice of a pressure-treated wood as it contains arsenic and chromium, instead, there are other wood preservatives such as linseed oil, creosote, and water-borne naphthenate, which are also efficient against wood decay.

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4 Effective Ways to Speed up Polyurethane Drying Time

Speed up Polyurethane Drying Time

One of the significant challenges of an enthusiastic woodworker is waiting for a polyurethane finish to dry and cure the wood. Although waiting for a natural drying time is the best thing to do, but there are few ways by which you can speed up polyurethane drying time. There are two types of urethane, the oil-based and the water-based counterpart.

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How To Remove Varnish From Wood Easily – DIY Guide

How To Remove Varnish From Wood Easily

Varnish and other sealers are used on wood to keep the wood protected from scratches and scrapes and stay beautified. Now, you want to change the colors of this piece of furniture or have gotten tired of a surface’s amber color, and you’ve decided to remove it entirely and apply a new sealer.

The easiest way is to apply denatured alcohol and thinners. Some finishes are alcohol-based, and to remove them, all you need is to rub them with a cloth damped with alcohol or thinner. A few minutes after you’ve done this, use a putty knife to scrape it away.

However, this works only mainly on shellac and lacquer. In other options like oil-based, you may find this not so useful. So for this, there are three ways I’ll take you through it today.

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Is Pressure Treated Wood Safe for Vegetable Gardens?

is pressure treated wood safe for vegetable gardens?

Pressure-treated wood is known to be durable and rot-resistant due to the chemicals used in processing them. Although their durability cannot be overemphasized, it is still a debate about whether pressure treated wood is safe for vegetable gardens. The safety of pressure treated wood has been researched and examined by various experts.

The chemicals were shown to leach out of the wood into the soil and up taken in small amounts by plants. However, the major concern about the safety of using pressure-treated wood has been with the arsenic in Chromate copper arsenate (CCA), which poses harm and, at a point, was banned by the environmental protection agency (EPA). Pressure-treated wood is considered safe for garden use, as it contains copper, which prevents insects and a fungicide, although not excluding the fact about chemicals leaching into the soil and being taken up by plants

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Painting Wood Without Primer & Sanding? Our Opinion

painting wood without primer

The place of a primer can be shoved aside when we’re considering painting wood. Yes, it can! Painting wood without primer is possible. Well, are you thinking it’s not possible?

A lot of science would tell you it’s not possible to. A primer coat is recommended for almost all painting projects, whether it’s new drywall, previously painted brick, old wood, untreated wood, metal, or any other surface.

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How long to let a deck dry before staining?

How long to let a deck dry before staining_

Weather does have effects on our deck, making it warp, gray and withered. It is essential to take good care of our deck, protect it from harsh weather conditions like sunlight, humidity, and rainfall, which might have affected and weakened the wood in one way or the other. Getting your deck stained is a unique way of having your deck shining bright again, but before staining, you’ll need to wash the deck thoroughly of all its previous finish, and thus, it’s necessary to know how long to let the deck dry before staining. For a freshly washed deck, you can let it dry for 48 hours before staining. That’ll ensure your deck is fully ready to put on a new look.

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How Long Should the Deck Stain Dry Before Putting Furniture On It?

How long should deck stain dry before putting furniture on it

Staining your wood deck is not a cumbersome task, and all you have to is follow the necessary steps outlined in this article. Although getting your deck stained is not a problem but letting it cure completely, most people get it wrong, which eventually affects the desired result you want.

Perhaps you want to know all about deck staining. Then you’re at the right place!

Stained decks should be left to dry completely for at least 24 hours before putting furniture on them. This will ensure it is cured completely and won’t affect the newly applied finish.

We will discuss everything about deck stains, including pro-tips that’ll provide an easy staining process for you.

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How many Coats of Primer do you Need on Exterior Wood?

How many Coats of Primer do you Need on Exterior Wood

Primers are unique kinds of paint that serve as the foundation that we lay our painting works on. Primers can determine how long paint will stay on the surface. It even plays a significant role in the beautification of a wall. As primers, ensure that the painting surface has an ideal, uniform texture (slightly coarse) so that a wall adheres effectively to the paint’s works. 

So, no surprise you’re wondering, how many coats of primer do you need on exterior wood? Especially when it’s on the exterior, where it can meet with a lot of exposure to elements.

For most primers, you’d need two coats to cover your wood evenly. This would help cover the stains of the wood and tannins that might ruin your wood.

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The Best way to Seal a Wood Table Top [Expert’s Opinion]

How to Seal a Wood Table Top

Some of the best pieces of furniture ever made are wood crafted. Wood material has been in existence for centuries, and that’s why it’s the most used building material for making furniture and cabinet.

However, wood material is susceptible to moisture, insects, and damage, so it warps and wears out without protection. For a wood tabletop, it even gets worse due to frequent use.

For this reason, you must seal it. Sealing a wood table involves many processes, such as sanding, brushing/ spraying with a specific varnish or product on the table, staining (this is optional), etc.

Seeing these processes may make you feel that sealing a wood tabletop is challenging, but it isn’t in a real sense. It’s not so complicated, provided you understand the steps and the nature of the finish you are applying.

Most finishes, if not all, contain certain chemicals and natural products like acrylic resins, which seal and protect the wood. I’ll discuss several ways on how to seal a wood table top successfully.

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