Can You Burn Painted Wood?

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It’s so much easier to burn that gigantic eye-sore of a woodpile that’s been sitting in the backyard, for what seems like a century, rather than pick it up and haul it down to the dump. Unfortunately, the dump may be the better option. Some State and Local laws prohibit open burning of chemically treated … Read more

Can You Burn Plywood?

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Plywood is made from an engineered assembly of several layers of wood, glued together. This glue adhesive is probably one of the reasons why you can’t burn plywood. One of the byproducts of burned adhesives is formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is used as a disinfectant, both at the industrial and residential levels. However, it’s most often known … Read more

Can You Sand MDF?

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Are you thinking of using MDF to manufacture furniture in your workshop? Are you wondering whether you can sand MDF, or if there are any precautions that need to be taken when handling the material? If so, then read on for useful information that will enable you to make an informed decision. CAN you sand … Read more

How Long Does Shellac Take To Dry?

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Shellac is a popular choice among woodworkers since it’s a natural, non-toxic finishing solution that dries quickly and has a glossy sheen. If you’re working with wood, you might want to consider using shellac as a finish. There are several things to think about before applying it, including how long it takes to dry. Shellac … Read more

How To Make A Hole In Wood Without A Drill

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How to make a hole in wood WITHOUT a drill, you ask? Would there be any reason for this? I wasn’t sure, so I looked into this matter: Yes, you can. Just hammer a small nail through the wood. It will leave a hole with a diameter approximately equal to the diameter of the nail. … Read more

How Much Wood Can You Get From A Pallet?

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Woodworking projects often make use of pallets. The rustic and weathered boards make them good sources of reclaimed wood. You can help the environment, and even save money, by choosing pallet wood for your next project.  However, I’ve often wondered if pallets could give me enough wood for my project. So, how much wood should … Read more

Can I Buy Exotic Woods Online?

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Can I buy exotic woods online? This question is more important than ever, since exotic woods are used in many woodworking projects. These can range from tables, cabinets, and even small turned items such as pens or multicolored bowls.  It’s often possible to purchase exotic Woods at lumber yards. However they’re often quite a distance … Read more

How Much Weight Can Wood Glue Hold?

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How much weight will the wood glue hold? Is it strong enough? These are questions I hear all the time. I was wondering about this, too. So, I did a little research. This is what I found out: How much weight can wood glue hold? Most wood glues will withstand about 3600 psi (pounds per … Read more