January 02, 2018

Best Stainable Wood Fillers - 2017 Guide

A wood filler is any product or substance that helps in the perfection of a wooden object.

Wood filler is specially made to correct or cover flaws in wood by covering nail holes, cracks, small gouges and other wood imperfections.

There are water-based and solvent-based wood fillers; water-based wood fillers can be thinned by adding water while solvent-based are thicker and can be used for bigger jobs like filling cracks.

Stainable Wood Filler? Why?

A stainable wood filler is a must-have for every woodworker, but getting the right stainable wood filler these days can be a real pain in the neck.

It's time to play hero and save the day with my 3 top picks for the best stainable wood fillers:

My Top 3 Picks

1. Elmer's E887Q Stainable Wood Filler

Best Stainable Wood Fillers Elmer's E887Q

Elmer is one of the biggest companies that produce good and long-lasting stainable wood fillers, and this model really speaks to that well. Take a look...

  • solvent-free (solvent is absent in this filler)
  • this solvent is immune to shrinking and cracking
  • can be used with high-speed sanders
  • resealable after use
  • real wood fibers for excellent staining, sanding and painting
2. Minwax 42853000 Stainable Wood Filler

Best Stainable Wood Fillers Minwax 42853000

Minwax is the one of the best things that has happened to the stainable wood finishing market. This great company, which is America's leading brand of wood finishing, has come out with one fantastic model; take a look...

  • drying time of 2-6 hours depending on the size of the area
  • ideal for filling cracks, nail holes, small gouges, knot holes and others
  • highly stainable and paintable
  • designed to work with oil and water-based wood stains
  • sands easily
  • suitable for interior and exterior use
3. Elmer's E892 Stainable Wood Filler

Best Stainable Wood Fillers Elmer's E892

The first item on this list is from Elmer's, and so is the last. The E892 has to be one of the best stainable wood fillers currently on the market. Here are the features:

  • very easy to clean with water.
  • a master in holding screws and nails
  • contains real wood sanders
  • can be used very well with high-speed sanders
  • resistant to cracking and shrinking

So there it is: my top 3 picks. These models, in my opinion, provide the best value. 

Which one are you getting?

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December 28, 2017

When To Choose Polyurethane Over Spar Varnish

Let's get into polyurethane, spar varnish, and what you should take into account when considering whether to use one or the other.

Polyurethane: polyurethane is essentially a plastic in liquid form; it is available as both water-based and oil-based.

Water-based polyurethane is much more popular because it has low toxicity, less odor, and dries much faster.

Oil-based polyurethane is more durable and more heat-resistant, so using it for a kitchen table for example would be ideal. If you are working with oil-based polyurethane, you need to do so in a ventilated area with a respirator.

Polyurethane is also available as a (easier to apply) spray, which gives a good enough result.

Spar Varnish: spar varnish is very durable because it contains high amount of solids in the ratio. It is actually good for outdoor projects and wood used for doors.

Varnish protects wood from termites and also has natural protection against ultraviolet (UV) light. Spar varnish is normally applied to the wood that sits in a humid or wet environment such as on a boat.

Advantages of using polyurethane over spar varnish:
  1. Polyurethane is more durable.
  2. It's scratch-resistant.
  3. Water-based polyurethane dries very quickly, making it ideal for those who don't want to use safety equipment.
  4. Polyurethane can be applied with any method such as hand rubbing, spraying or brushing.
  5. Its water-based formula is less toxic.
  6. Oil-based polyurethane is very resistant to heat exposure; this makes it great for a kitchen counter top.

Best use of polyurethane over spar varnish:

Polyurethane is commonly used on wooden household items like bookshelves, desks and wood floors. Because of modern improvements to UV protection, it can also be used on outdoor tables and desks.

A water-based formulation is ideal to use for amateur painters who want to work on their own and don't want to use any safety equipment.

Once dry, polyurethane is transparent. Water-based polyurethane is considered to be ideal for indoor use.

Overall, if the advantages listed above appeal to you, and you're planning to finish items similar to those listed above, it's probably a better idea to choose polyurethane.

I hope this information has helped make your decision easier on whether to use polyurethane or spar varnish. Good luck!

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December 11, 2017

The Benefits of The DIY Smart Saw

Woodworking is a hard and time-consuming task. Cutting the desired design and finishing it off takes a lot of hard work.

But if you find a machine that can cut the wood for you the way you want a lot faster than you normally can, then it would be amazing, right?

Well, that machine is here. This DIY Smart Saw review will convince you to buy the product.

Actually, this is a program that shows how you can make your own cutting machine that works like a CNC machine. It is made from normal materials available in any hardware store. So it does not cost a lot of money.

The benefits of DIY Smart Saw are:

There's no room for error.

This machine is perfect for any kind of wood carving. The Smart Saw is able to cut any design you give it to it. It also corrects the errors.

Even if you are a novice in woodworking you can make amazing designs with the help of this machine. As this machine corrects the errors, you'll get a final design that is complete in all aspects. So, you will not waste valuable wood.

It's cheaper.

Even a secondhand CNC machine costs a lot of money. So if you are into woodworking and do not have the money then the DIY Smart Saw can be your friend.

This machine costs a lot less and does the same thing. The thing is: for DIY works you do not need to have a heavy CNC machine. A traditional CNC machine is for the professional who needs to finish a lot of work in a relatively short period. But you can complete your work with the DIY Smart Saw for a lot less money and in a lot less time.

It's smart.

The DIY Smart Saw is a smart solution for woodworking. This machine is automated. You just need to set the parameters.

The machine will correct the errors and, with a switch, it will cut the wood into desired pieces. Also, this machine can help to design the things you want with effective illustration.

It's fast.

This machine is at least 20 times faster compared to human capability.

Even if you are a professional carpenter you will need some time to cut a design from wood. But this machine can do that perfectly within the shortest possible time. You can spend that extra time making more things and selling them into the market to earn cash.

It's easy to make.

The machine is very simple and easy to make. All the necessary elements are easy to find in a hardware store.

After that, you can follow the video tutorial and instruction to make the machine. If you get stuck there is a 24/7 customer service option that will help you out.

There's a guarantee.

This program comes with a 60 days money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the product you can get your money back from the vendor. This means you can make your own cutting machine without any risk.

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December 10, 2017

8 Handy Apps for Woodworking

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