Category: Shop Talk

Wood Finishing Tips & Tricks

Wood Finishing – How to Stain Wood

So you’ve decided to stain your finished project.

But how?

It’s simple, my friend. Stain is one of the most common finishes for home DIYers, right up there with paint. It’s wonderful for enhancing the natural grains of wood, as well as toning the wood to a desired color. Stain is also great for refinishing and updating wood … more on that later.

There are a few necessary steps to staining, but a lot of the process is sort of choose-your-own-adventure.…

Wood Finishing Tips & Tricks

Wood Finishing – Selecting Wood Stain: What Stain Should I Use

Ever been in the stain aisle at your local hardware store, just staring at all the different options, and have no idea what stain to use?

Been there, done that.

Gel, Polyshade, Oil-based, Water-based, Varnish, Organic … the list goes on.

Here’s a quick run-through of the most common wood stains (the stuff you’ll find in any hardware store) and their differences to help you decide.…

DIYer Gift Guide

Gift Guide – Ultimate Gift Guide for the DIYer in Your Life

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Looking for gift ideas for the DIYer in your life? I’ve compiled the ultimate gift guide just for you!

You’ll find ideas ranging from $5 to over $100, all categorized according to price. Just click on the photo to start browsing.

Who am I kidding … this is my own Christmas list 😉

Happy shopping! …

Wood Finishing Tips & Tricks

Wood Finishing – How to Select the Correct Wood Finish

One of the biggest questions of any project is how to select the correct finish.

What’s the difference between Polyurethane, Varnish, Oil, Shellac, or Lacquer?

Does Wax work as a final finish?

What’s the difference between water-based and oil-based Polyurethane?

The last thing you want to do is finish a beautiful piece of furniture and then have it wear out in a year. You could spend all day reading and talking about the chemistry at work in the wide variety of finishes, but the more practical application is simply when to use what kind of finish.…

How to Align a Miter Saw

A well-aligned miter saw is the simplest and most accurate tool in the shop for cross-cutting lumber. If your saw has been used on a job site, or if it’s been awhile since its last calibration, it’s probably at least a little out of alignment. Read on for the step-by-step tutorial to align your miter saw and get back to those precise cuts.