Is Tung Oil Food Safe?

There will surely come a time in your woodworking career when you need to use food-safe finishes, especially in projects used for handling food and drinks. As such, it will be best to know the finishes that are food safe for these projects. One option that usually gets mentioned when food safety is discussed is … Read more

Does Wood Expand & Contract in Cold & Heat (Winter & Summer)?

Reason would tell you that hardwoods and softwoods are not everlasting and are susceptible to contraction and expansion due to their intrinsic property of being hygroscopic. Hygroscopy is a property wherein an object attracts and holds water molecules via absorption or adsorption at room or average temperature. Since wood is hygroscopic, it tends to absorb … Read more

What is Particle Board Made of?

Engineered Wood Products (EWPs) have become popular wood products nowadays because of the many advantages of their use. One such EWP is particleboard, which has grown in popularity recently because of its practical applications in woodworking. The history of particleboard began in Germany when in 1887, Hubbard created a type of artificial wood out of … Read more

Is Tung Oil a Waterproof Finish?

If it is your first time finishing with tung oil, you might ask whether it can waterproof wood. Well, tung oil is a good sealant; it can seal the wood and make it waterproof. Tung oil, of course, is a natural product taken from tung tree nuts. The natural oil produced from these nuts can … Read more

12 Types of MDF Board

The woodworking world is replete with different types of materials you can fiddle with, some of which are engineered, while others are found in nature. Medium-density fiberboard, for example, is one of the engineered wood products you can work with. It has grown in popularity since it was first introduced large scale in the 1980s. … Read more

Housing Joint Advantages and Disadvantages

Housing joints have different monikers, such as trench joints and dado joints. Woodworkers favor this joinery in constructing frames and shelves. It consists of a three-sided channel cut out against or across the wood’s grain to fit into the other member. Cutting the joint should be at most three-quarters of the board’s thickness. Housing joints … Read more

Where and How to Buy Wood for Woodworking Projects

You can never engage in woodworking without wood. As such, you must have wood stocks at your disposal whenever you need to dabble in woodworking. Yet, if you’re a beginner in woodworking, you might get confused upon seeing the sheer number of wood species and types in the market. Hence, it is crucial that you … Read more

Block Board Vs Plywood

Engineered wood products have been around for several generations, and the manufacturing process of these products has dramatically improved at a rapid clip. Two popular types of engineered wood products (EWPs) are plywood and block boards, and often, many beginners in woodworking confuse block boards with plywood. If you want to dabble in woodworking for … Read more

What is Block Plane? (Uses, Types and Differences)

Woodworking is only complete using bench planes to smoothen the wood’s rough surfaces and edges. Block planes are among the types of hand planes that are popular in carpentry or woodworking. Generally, block planes are mostly metal-bodied, though some are wood-bodied.  Block planes help make tenon joints, chamfers and trim mortise. Their main job is … Read more

What is Lap Joint?

A lap joint is one of the most popular joinery techniques to join the ends of metals, plastic, and wood. In woodworking, this method can either be half lap joint or a full-lap joint. Both types involve joining two joinery members in overlapping positions so that their ends or edges connect, resulting in a continuous … Read more