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Natural vs synthetic brushes

Differences Between Natural & Synthetic Paint Brushes | Which to Use

There are two types of paint brushes available: natural and synthetic paintbrushes. When you need them for painting a wall, finishing wood or applying stain, you have to decide whether you should go for a natural brush or the synthetic option. Read this comprehensive comparison and check out the usage of each brush. Natural Brush …

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Wood and oils - finishing with a brush

Oil as Wood Finish: Ultimate Guide to Finishing Wood with Oil

Finishing the surface of the wood can be either the last step of your woodwork project or your regular maintenance for your wooden furniture, floors, windows, and doors. Oils are among the most common wood finishes and have been used for centuries in almost all parts of the world. Oils are basically a natural product, …

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Black Locust tree and Honey Locust thorns

Black Locust vs. Honey Locust – What Are the Differences?

Black Locust (also known as “False Acacia”) and Honey Locust are tall, thorny trees, both members of a pea family. They are somehow similar but with a few differences. In woodworking, both Black Locust and Honey Locust are used where hard and strong wood is needed. Black Locust is the more durable type and common …

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Cans of stain that is used as a wood colorant

Types of Stain & Differences: Oil-based vs Water-based vs Gel Stain

Stain is a common colorant for wood that adds a hue to the surface while it retains the grain of the material. There are different types of stain available on the market. Among them, oil-based, water-based and gel stain are the most common ones. In general, a water-based stain is a good choice for interior …

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Screenshot Stain Calculator: It calculates how much interior, exterior, water-based or oil-based stain is needed for a project

Stain Calculator: How Much Stain Do You Need?

Calculate How Much Stain You Will Need for Your Project! Stain is a color or colorless finish for woodwork, furniture, cabinets, moldings, hardwood floors and other wooden objects inside and outside the house. It can also be applied to metal and fiberglass surfaces (some stains, at least). While 1 coat of stain is usually sufficient, …

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A carpenter is using a table saw

Router Table vs Table Saw – What Are the Differences and Similarities?

When it comes to stationary woodworking tools, router tables and table saws are among the most common ones in DIY workshops and garages. If you are in the process of building up your workshop, you might be tempted to select only one of them, in particular, if you need to take space or budget constraints …

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Router table with a rotating bit driven into material

What Is a Router Table? What Is It Used For?

If you are a (semi)professional woodworker or an advanced DIYer, you might have considered using a router table in your workshop. When you are already using a hand-held router, you will likely appreciate the better precision and improved convenience that sets router tables apart from hand-held tools. Read on to learn more about the characteristics …

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Router Table Reviews: 6 of the Best Router Tables (for 2020)

If you are excited about woodworking and looking for ways to support your workpiece when using a router, the best router table is precisely what you need. They are designed to hold your router and allow for precise work. You can work on long, narrow or small workpieces. You can do edge trimming, stopped cuts …

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