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Caring For Teak Furniture

brushing stain on teak boards

Teak is a beautiful, natural-looking wood that’s often used for outdoor furniture. It’s durability allows it to withstand weather, including snow and rain, without warping or twisting. Although teak requires very little maintenance, properly caring for the wood will prevent your furniture from becoming discolored, forming mildew, or drying out prematurely. Weathering When teak is
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What Is Edge Banding and When Should You Use It?

rolls of edge banding

Rough or unfinished edges are not the most sought after look when building furniture or cabinet. But, when using plywood or particle board, it is common to have edges where the grain and finish do not match the other sides. Sometimes, those raw edges aren’t a problem — they’re destined to be hidden as a
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When to Use Wood Veneers vs. Solid Wood

wood veneer vs solid wood

From a distance, it may be hard to tell the difference between wood veneer and solid wood – until you look at the price tag. While wood veneers are affordably priced, some solid wood furniture can cost quite the pretty penny. If you’re wondering when you should opt for veneers and when you should splurge
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Indoor And Outdoor Uses For Aromatic Cedar

cedar

Typically, when you think of cedar, what comes to mind is its spicy signature aroma. That scent is what gives Aromatic Cedar its reputation for repelling moths, among other insects and vermin. But Aromatic Cedar isn’t just useful for preventing your woolly clothes from being mistaken for a snack. The lightweight, workable wood can also
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How to Prevent Plywood Delamination

plywood delamination

Plywood is created by gluing layers of thin veneers together, and delamination occurs when these layers separate. Although delamination can be caused by several factors, separation often occurs as a result of improper manufacturing processes. Today, we’re reviewing common signs of delamination as well as post-manufacturing causes of plywood separation and how to prevent them.
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When Should Moulding Be Used In Your Home?

mouldings

The short answer to this question is: whenever you want. But it comes with several caveats. Deciding whether to use moulding in your home and determining a style can feel daunting, or even dated. For many, when you think of moulding, images of ornate Victorian-era sitting rooms come to mind, turning away homeowners with more
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Hardwood Versus Softwood

hardwood vs softwood

The difference between hardwood and softwood is not as obvious as one would think. The implication is that one is hard and, therefore, more durable and desirable than the soft and seemingly breakable option. However, durability looks a little different when deciding which type of wood to use, so it’s important to understand your needs
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What is Italian Bending Poplar and What is it Used For?

Italian Bending Poplar, also known as “wiggle wood” and “wacky wood,” is a bending plywood used for curved furniture. It’s durability comes from the way the hardwood veneers are combined; since all the layers run in the same direction, the wood is more bendable and can be applied on a curved radius. Uses for Italian
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MDF vs HDF: How They’re Different and What They’re Good For

mdf

MDF and HDF – or medium-density fiberboard and high-density fiberboard – are two of the trendiest materials in woodworking these days. They’re both engineered by combining wood fiber and glue under immense pressure and heat, and are a suitable alternative to real wood. The recycled nature of their construction makes them environmentally friendly, and the
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What are the Best Uses for Marine Plywood?

boat dock marine plywood

Marine grade plywood is made with a waterproof binder, making it a great choice for building items that will be in constant contact with water. But, since marine plywood is thicker and held together with a specially-formulated adhesive, it costs more than typical plywood. To help you make smart investments that balance quality and price,
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