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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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What is the Difference Between Woodworking and Carpentry

Let’s discuss the age-old question: what is the difference between carpentry and woodworking? Ok so maybe not “age-old” but you get my gist. Over many years now, I’ve discovered a lot of people don’t actually know the difference between woodworking and carpentry. I have been part of several discussions about the matter and for years, I too was confused. I …

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Why Do Woodworking Benches Have Holes?

Take a look at any woodworking professional’s workbench and you might wonder, why there are holes randomly cut into the top? These holes are not randomly placed, and are actually called “dog holes.” Dog holes help woodworking professionals hold the piece they’re working on. They can also act like a vise when large amounts of pressure or force are necessary. …

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Where to Sell your Woodworking Creations

Do you enjoy creating woodworking masterpieces? Have you ever thought about selling those creations to make a little (or a lot of) extra money? If you are a woodsman, carpenter, carver, furniture maker, artisan, or cabinet maker, be your creation big or small, there is a huge opportunity for income. Take a look at… Etsy Local Craft Fairs Local Stores/Consignment …

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Is a Japanese Polishing Plane Better Than a Western Smoothing Plane?

While doing some research on wood finishing, I came across an article praising wood planes from the far off country of Japan. I was intrigued. This article enumerated some interesting points. One of which I wanted to address here. The Japanese Polishing plane is objectively better than the Western Smoothing plane. For the skilled woodworker, the Japanese polishing plane is …

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Where to Find and Buy Hand Tools – Starting the hunt!

Do you want help finding hand tools? If you’re new to the world of hand tools you may have no clue on where to buy them. The good news is that hand tools not only are easy to come by, finding hand tools is fun too! Today we’re going to take a look at where you can find them. I …

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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. …