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Whats the Difference Between Old Growth and New Growth Wood

When researching what wood to use for a project, you may have come across a lot of discussion about new growth wood versus old growth wood. But what is the difference between the two? And which should you use for your project? Old growth wood comes from trees grown naturally in virgin (undisturbed) forests and is over 200 years old. …

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10 Places to Get Reclaimed Wood for Projects

Reclaimed wood has been growing in popularity for decades.  Woodworking projects, interior design, and construction go through different trends over time. Some are short-lived, and others are timeless. When it comes to timeless trends, you can’t get much better than reclaimed or distressed wood. When you use recycled lumber for projects, you create a look of age and antiquity. For …

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What is the Best Wood for Beginners to Practice Carving with?

You’ve decided to take up wood carving, but before you begin, what’s the best wood to practice with? The best woods for beginner wood carvers are soft, inexpensive, and have little to no grain. Basswood, pine, balsa, walnut, and mahogany are all readily available and affordable. However, you can always pick up stray twigs and branches and practice on those, …

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Why Wood Warps and How to Prevent and Fix It

So I’m sitting here, staring at a pile of lumber. I made a stack of it a couple months ago before I got pulled off on another project. It now looks like fun house boards. Twisted and sprung. About as useful as a $3 bill. As I stand here looking down at my useless Lumber I ask myself one question. …

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Woodworking without Power Tools or Electricity

You know what? I get it. Wood projects capture the imagination. After browsing Instructables you got excited. Start way to many projects. You have an unfinished Jelly Bean dispenser, German beer mug, or maybe even a Cigar Box Ukulele taunting you on your Work Bench. But every time you get started you run up against the same problem. You don’t have …