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How to Remove Duct Tape Residue from Wood

Duct tape is one of the strongest and most durable tapes. It can hold wood, metal, plastic, glass, and stone. The reason why duct tape is so strong is because of its unique material and resilient adhesive.

It’s easy to fix things with duct tape. Just take a piece of duct tape, peel and stick on the surface you want to fix. But as easy as it is to use, it’s a pain to take off especially on the hardwood.

Duct tape is known to leave thick trails of glue residue that can accumulate dust and hair on wood. How do you remove duct tape residue effectively on wood?

Removing duct tape residue on wood

Duct tape residue should be removed at once. As soon as you remove duct tape, use the following measures to remove residue fast. Here are the simple steps to do it.

Things you will need

  • Alcohol
  • Acetone or nail polish
  • Dish soap and warm water
  • Cooking oil
  • Baby oil, peanut butter, or mayonnaise
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • WD-40
  • Vaseline
  • Commercial residue remover
  • Hair dryer
  • Butter knife or putty knife
  • Soft cloth
  • Paper towel

Instructions

Method #1

Before using any technique, scrape the residue with a dull blade, a butter knife or a putty knife. Hold the blade flat against the surface and slide the knife over the surface to completely remove the residue. Avoid scratching the surface but if the surface is vulnerable to scratching, stop scraping the wood.

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Method #2

Soak a cloth in rubbing alcohol and gently rub this at the area. Make sure the cloth is clean and soft to prevent damaging the wooden spot you are going to treat. Rub back and forth on the area until the adhesive has been completely removed.

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You may also use acetone or nail polish remover but be very careful because these may cause damage to any wooden painted surfaces.

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Method #3

Clean the area with a mixture of dish soap and warm water. A little is enough, place only a tablespoon of liquid dish detergent in two cups of water and stir. Use a soft cloth, dip into the soapy water and use it to scrub the residue.

Scrub the area clean until it does not feel slippery or sticky to the touch. Dry the surface with a cloth. Rub the clean cloth or paper towel on the surface to absorb the water. The surface should no longer feel rough or sticky.

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Method #4

Treat the residue with cooking oil. Lay it over the residue. Dab a paper towel into any kind of cooking oil and lift it after a few minutes. You may also rub or scrape the residue to remove it.
You may also use baby oil, peanut butter or mayonnaise.

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Method #5

Mix part coconut oil and part baking soda in a small bowl. Mix these to form a paste. If you don’t have coconut oil, mix baking soda or vinegar into the warm water. Apply the paste on the residue and let it stay on the area for at least 30 minutes.

Use an old toothbrush or cloth and dip this into the paste. Spread it across the residue. Wash off the paste when the allotted time is done using warm water.

Now use another clean cloth and dampen this with water. The remaining residue will be removed after these steps and will be easy to remove with a damp cloth.

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Method #6

Use heat to remove the residue with a hairdryer to remove it. Point the hairdryer at the residue in an effort to soften it. Heat the dried glue enough to get rid of it using a knife or other implement.

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Method #7

Spray WD-40 on areas with a lot of residues. Dampen a terry cloth to treat smaller areas with residue. Let the WD-40 stay in the area for a minute and then scrub it with soap and water. Check the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use the product and follow these closely.

Vaseline or car wax may also be used as an alternative to WD-40. If all home treatments don’t work, use a commercial residue remover for a stronger and more efficient treatment.

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Conclusion

Removing duct tape residue on wood is one of the hardest dilemmas for a woodworker. This residue is very sticky and very persistent. These techniques are known to work but if all else fail, contact a professional for help.

How To Use A Wood Burning Tool

Wood burning is also referred to as pyrography. It is drawing a picture or image on a piece of wood using a hot brass tip. It is eye-catching and looks great in homes. You can engage in a wood burn project for yourself, as a gift, or to hang on walls.

Whatever wood burn project you want to pursue, it is a good idea familiarizing yourself on how to use a wood burning tool.

What You’ll Need to Follow This Tutorial

The essential tools you need to practice pyrography include a wood burning pen that basically comes in two varieties, including the soldering iron style machine (one heat setting and interchangeable brass tips), and the wire pen (different heat settings and two styluses).

You also need assorted wood burning tips for greater leeway to produce heavier or lighter marks and different patterns. A strop and aluminum oxide periodically clean the brass tips of your wood burning pen. You need pliers and clay pot or a pen holder to ensure safety when the element is still hot. The types of softwood you can use include pine, birch, basswood, maple, or ash wood.

Step-by-step Guide to Using a Wood Burning Tool

Step #1

Handle your wood burn pen with great care. It will get quite hot fast, that is why you need to attach the tip that you will be working with prior to turning on the machine. Using your pliers, attaching and detaching tips are made easier. Wait for the pen to get hot for a minute or two. Let it rest in a clay pot or a pen holder device to minimize accidental burning.

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Step #2

Sand the wood before you start using a 320 grit sandpaper. Just wrap the sandpaper around a flat wooden block or you can also attach it to a paddle sander, hitting all wood areas equally. The details will be crispier and sharper in a smoother wood surface.

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Step #3

Using light strokes is better than a heavy hand. Do not press down too hard, so you can easily guide the pen and reduce errors. It also eliminates accidental burning. Just take your time when you’re wood burning.

It is a slow and gradual process. A steady pressure is still the best.

For more first-time designs, it is important for the indents etched by the pen even all throughout. Remember that the longer you are holding your pen in one area, it will get deeper and darker.

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Step #4

Going with the grain is considered the easiest time for a wood burner. Turn the wood piece until the grain points downward to make your job easier. Most of the time, you’ll be moving the pen in a downward direction that will burn with the grain for more resistance.

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Step #5

Get a practice wood to experiment. Practicing with various tips is essential to know the uses of various projects. Remember that the tips you’ll use will highly depend on the type of picture and the number of details you’re planning put in the picture.

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Step #6

Draw the design onto the wood directly free-handed. You can draw directly onto the wood using a graphite pencil which is the most efficient way to get down an outline.

Position the graphite paper on top of the wood with the face down and secure it into the wood using a masking tape, and the sketch on top of the laid graphite paper.

Trace over the sketch using a 2B pencil with fluid lines and medium pressure.

Next, the graphite paper is removed and the outline is deepened on the wood.

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Step #7

Do not be afraid to burn the part of the outline thrice or four times. Just apply a light pressure to stay nimble with the pen and move it towards you and not away from you.

You can experiment with texture as well as shading. You can also wood burn a 3D image instead of 2D. You can color the image too using watercolors or colored pencils.

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Conclusion

Now you have a basic knowledge on how to use a wood burning tool. Good luck to your next project using this new learning. Share this post to also help your woodworker friends online and leave a comment to share your thoughts or post a question here.

How To Restain A Wood Table

Are you sick of the sad, outdated looks of a particular table in your house?

Do you want to learn how to restain a wood table and bring new life to it?

Maybe you wish to avoid spending too much time or money on refinishing an old table?

But still, you want to save your favorite table from oblivion (or even worse, throwing it in the trash).

Cheers up and get prepared for the fun part! Restaining is easy and it will not burn a hole in your pocket. You also don’t need to sacrifice a whole weekend for the purpose of refinishing a wood table. Instead, you simply need to go through the tutorial we are listing below.

What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial

  • Tack cloth
  • Cleaning spray and a clean cloth
  • Stain
  • Paintbrush
  • Coarse-grit and fine-grit sandpaper (360-grit, 120-grit, and 60-grit)
  • Sanding block or electric sander
  • Clear coat (polyurethane or polycrylic)

Quick Pro Tip

If sanding is not your thing, try priming and painting the table instead

Honestly, the hardest part of the restaining process is the preparation of the wood surface which includes sanding. I used to hate sanding all the way to my bones. That’s not because of the extra efforts (my electric sander does all the tough work for me!) but it’s because of all the dust.

So, if by any chance you don’t feel the least comfortable when sanding (or if you feel in a good mood for some colorful experiments), you can simply prime and paint the wood table instead of restaining it.

Step by Step Instructions for Restaining a Wood Table

Step 1 – Prep the wood surface and strip the old finish

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What many newbies tend to neglect is the importance of cleaning and prepping the wood surface extremely carefully. However, if you fail to remove all the existing traces of dirt, grease, grime, and dust (which are often invisible to the eye!), the process of restaining a wood table will end up quite messy.

Start by cleaning the wood surface thoroughly and precisely. Using an all-purpose cleaner should do just fine.

Now, it’s time to get rid of any old finishes. This is when sanding steps in. Start with the 60-grit sandpaper. Once you have gone through the entire surface of the wood table, use a tack cloth to remove any dust and proceed with sanding once more.

This time, use the 120-grit sandpaper. Don’t forget to wipe off the dust with a tack cloth.

Step 2 – Stain and finish

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Okay, it’s time for some staining now! Many people tend to make the same nasty mistake: they try to duplicate the already existing color of the wood table. However, this is simply a waste of time.

Since you are restaining your table, it will be painfully hard (if possible at all) to duplicate the color which has been subjected to the influence of weather and age.

Simply choose a wood stain nuance you like and apply the first coat of stain using a paint brush. Always follow the grain of the wood and aim for long strokes. Once the first coat is applied, let it dry completely and use 360-grit sandpaper to smoothen the surface.

Apply a 2nd, and/or 3rd coat of stain until you get the desired depth of the color. Seal with polyurethane or polycrylic to protect the wood surface and to add an extra pinch of brightness.

Did we manage to inspire you to get down to work? Are you feeling more confident about how to restain a wood table? Will you finally give that it-could-be-really-great wood table a chance? If you answered YES, then our mission for creating this tutorial has been successful!

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How To Remove Wood Glue

Wood glue is a very important woodwork material. It is important like nails, screws, and hammer, in woodworking projects. However, any excess glue can get all over and eventually dries. When the glue dries, the final appearance of you woodwork project can be affected and ruined.

Therefore, it’s very important to know how to remove wood glue, most especially dried glue in a fast and safe way without damaging the wood surface.

In this article, we will tackle the ways to best remove wood glue residue on your woodwork project.

What are the Things You’ll Need for This Tutorial?

The important things you need to prepare for this tutorial include water, sponge, large cloths, brass wire or steel wool, and sandpaper.

How to Remove Dried Glue on Wood

Step #1

Locate the dried glue. Most wood glues dry clear, making it very difficult to locate the problem areas. In order to make the dried glue visible, you can get a large cloth or sponge, wet it, and rub it over the wood surface.

Give it a gentle squeeze while working. The water darkens the wood surface and the dry glue shows as a clear break with a damp pattern.

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Step #2

Weakening the Glue. Loosen the glue by applying a glue solvent. The solvent needed depends on the glue type used. Check any guidelines or directions on the packaging of the solvent for more information or you can also ask a sales or store associate for an expert advice.

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Step #3

The next step is applying a small amount of solvent on the specific area. Just leave it on for about one to two hours before scrubbing it off. While waiting, let it leak into the wood glue to weaken the structure so it is easily removed.

However, don’t wait too long, otherwise, the solvent will eventually leak into the fibers of the wood.

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Step #4

Scrub the wood glue. Use a brass wire brush or steel wool and scrub the glue wood stain using a gentle pressure to avoid damaging the wood surface beneath where the glue has been set.

Just simply scrub towards the direction of the wood grain runs. This is to ensure that all pores are free from any dried glue particles. Use a large dry cloth to rub down the area you’ve been working on.

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Step #5

Sanding the dried glue. Use a large piece of sandpaper and sand the area where you locate the dried glue. Gently sand the top surface of the wood.

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Step #6

Cleaning the area. Now, you can finish the job by using a damp cloth so the surface is clean to get rid of any dust, dirt, and debris as a result of sanding and scrubbing and sanding.

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Step #7

Afterward, you can add any finishes or stain without worrying about dried glue.

When removing adhesive from the wood, ensure to work in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling too many chemical fumes. You can also use acetone on the actual glue and leave it for about a minute. Blot the area using a soft cloth until the glue disappears.

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How to Remove Fresh Glue Stain on Wood

Removing a fresh glue stain is relatively easy. All you have to do is take a clean cloth or paper towel and wipe off the excess glue on the affected area. Do not wait for the glue to dry and act immediately.

It will be harder to remove a dried glue. When using a glue on your woodwork project, it is important to apply it carefully to avoid excess and reduce work time spent. Work at one area at a time so you can apply the glue properly.

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Conclusion

If ever the above-mentioned methods do not effectively remove the glue from wood surfaces, you can always cover the area using a piece of furniture or home decoration. This is true for wooden floors. Another option is to purchase a glue remover that’s specifically designed to remove dry glue and wood floor stains.

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions on the label of the bottle or packaging. Did you enjoy learning and reading this post? Great! Share and like it and leave a comment below!

How To Use a Dremel to Carve Wood

Dremel is a popular brand name of an oscillating tool or also called as a rotary tool. It includes a wide array of burrs, sanding drums, and exchangeable tips. Carving wood can be slightly rigorous and using a Dremel tool can cause confusion.

However, carving wood is faster and better after learning how to use a Dremel to carve wood.

What You’ll Need to Follow This Tutorial

The important things you need to prepare are the wood piece, Dremel tool, wrench, small cutting heads, sanding heads, workbench, clamp, and pencil.

Wood carving can be messy and dusty, so you need to work on an area with a good ventilation and minimal distraction.

Step-by-step Guide to Using Dremel to Carve Wood

Step #1

Find the right space to work. The preferable area is a workbench because the wood might need clamping.

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Step #2

Familiarize yourself with the Dremel tool and the attachments. When changing the attachment, locate the blue lock button at the cutting end and hold it.

To loosen, turn the head lock counterclockwise, and turn clockwise to tighten. You can do it using any wrench or one that comes with the kit.

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Step #3

Choose the wood to be carved. A pine is a softwood which is easier to cut and more difficult to detail as compared to hardwood, like as mahogany.

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Step #4

Create a design you like for the wood carving. Measuring the area should be done so you won’t run out of space or other design constraints.

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Step #5

Choose a cutting head which is sold individually or readily available in kits. A cutting head is generally small with round heads and cutting grooves. A Dremel carving kit usually contains 11 smoothing and cutting heads ($15 in hardware stores).

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Step #6

Transfer your design on the wood to be carved. This is accomplished by creating a stencil and tracing an image or drawing it by hand. Cut an outline on your desired area. Hold the Dremel like you’re holding a pencil, and start to cut around the image. Maintain the high speed setting to prevent any bite. First, you need to begin with a small cutting head and just work your way up as necessary.

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Step #7

Carve away first on the unwanted space. Cut away the negative space to create a contrasting image against the background. The depth is entirely up to your preference. Remove the sawdust frequently to see what you’ve carved.

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Step #8

Removing any rough spots is a very important step. Sand or buff all ruts, gouges, or unwanted areas from carving. This will depend on how smooth or rough you want the image to appear.

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Step #9

Retouching any carved areas as needed will ensure that any straight lines are really straight. It is best to wait until you finished carving to address any imperfections. This can be done using sanding heads or small cutting heads. Varnish or paint the final carving as needed. Seal or paint your cut finishes off the work, protecting it longer than the natural wood.

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Benefits of Using a Dremel Tool in Wood Carving

1) Hard-to-Reach Spots

Dremel’s flex shaft attachment allows for tight spaces carving. It is lighter and thinner, likened to a pencil with a cord, providing the woodworker a more relaxed posture.

2) Power and Speed

Dremel tools possessing higher horsepower can remove wood faster as compared to lower-powered models. Those with higher RPM’s or revolutions per minute, glide along the wood surface smoother, creating less vibration and chatter for delicate work.

3) Variable-Speed Model

Dremel tools have a variable-speed starting at 5,000 RPMs (low) to over 32,000 RPMs (high). It is a matter your own preference. For the best results, you can make less-aggressive passes using lower speeds.

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Conclusion

Using a Dremel tool can make your wood carving project cleaner, faster, and professional-looking. This tool is very helpful most especially if you’re working on bigger and multiple projects with tight deadlines.

By following the steps above, you’ll be more confident using a Dremel tool on your next wood carving project. Do you find this post very useful? Leave a comment now and share this post to your other woodworker friends!

How To Split Wood

Splitting wood properly and wisely is crucial. Yes, you do want to know how to split wood. What’s more, you want to learn how to do this faster, easier, and more efficiently. But why should you bother that much when it comes to splitting wood?

In a nutshell, well-split wood is a game changer; it provides a clear and consistent burn, and it’s ready to use whenever you need it. However, many beginner woodworkers (but, in fact, not only!) often stumble across difficulties, trapped in the battle with stubborn pieces of wood, waiting to be neatly cut and split. You get tired fast, you may end up with pain in the lower back, and the entire process can get pretty time-consuming.

The good news is that we’re here to help you out. In order to split wood like a pro, you don’t need to sweat off like crazy. Instead, you want to learn and apply some smart tricks and hacks. And we have listed all of these for you in the tutorial below.

What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial

  • Axe/ splitting maul / wood splitter
  • Wedge (optional)
  • Safety equipment (suitable shoes, glasses, and gloves)

Pro Tips

1 – Choose an axe which weighs less than 6 pounds

Personally, I think a splitting maul is a superior choice for splitting wood. However, an axe is a cult-classic, and it can work perfectly well, too. For best results, choose an axe which weighs 3 and up to 6 pounds. Opting for this particular weight range will decrease the pressure while swinging to split the wood, and it will save tons of your vital energy.

2 – Know the specifics of different types of wood

It’s best to work in a clever way than focus on hitting, smashing, and cursing the hard-to-split wood you are dealing with. Thus, it’s important to acknowledge the specifics of the type of wood you are about to split. For example, pine wood is easier to split once it’s well-dried. On the contrary, oak is more effortless to split when it’s still green.

3 – Split logs straight in the forest, whenever possible

If you are lucky to cut the trees by yourself, then splitting the logs while you are still in the forest is the best option. First off, this choice makes up for a quiet backyard but that’s only the bonus point. More importantly, you won’t have to deal with extra cleanup of the backyard, and you will also reduce handling the wood as much as possible (which is a HUGE plus).

Step by Step Instructions for Splitting Wood

Step 1 – Master the perfect swinging technique

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Woodcutting is the hardest part. It takes much more time and energy than splitting. However, splitting wood often seems more daunting simply because it follows up the cutting process, so you are already pretty much exhausted. Thus, before getting down to splitting wood, taking a break is a big must!

If you do have access to a wood splitter, then splitting wood is quite straightforward. At any time, do not underestimate the process, and work safely.

If you are about to split wood using an axe or a splitting maul, then you want to focus on the swing. It is through a perfect swing that you will be able to minimize pressure on the body while utilizing the entire power of your stroke.

Step 2 – Think twice, act wisely

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Instead of starting to hammer the wood with the axe or maul straight away, focus on finding the weak spots of the wood. Some pieces of wood are simply not worth wasting too much energy just to have your tools stuck in the tricky knots. If you notice the piece of wood is among the stubborn ones, use a wedge to split it easily after just a few hits with the maul/axe.

Do you feel ready for splitting wood more efficiently after reading this tutorial? Did you find useful tips and tricks which will help you out after reading these lines? If so, you just made our day!

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How To Use A Wood Router For Beginners

A wood router is considered a versatile piece of woodworking equipment in a workshop. It is a powerful tool or a cutter that spins a bit, at a very high speed with the many different types of bits purchased for a wood router. The woodwork jobs are made easier to complete.

The use of a wood router takes a bit of practice but not difficult. For safe and successful use, we will help you increase your knowledge and enhance your skills on how to use a wood router for beginners.

Let’s find more information about wood routers today!

What You’ll Need to Follow This Tutorial

The important things you need for this project includes a wood router. Choose the right bit for your task including the straight cutting dado bit, cove bit, rabbeting bit, ogee bit, and round-over bit. Wear a safety gear to protect your eyes like safety goggles.

Step-by-step Guide to Using a Wood Router for Beginners

Step #1

Properly install a router bit. If a wood router bit isn’t properly installed, it’ll vibrate leading to a rough finish that can be very dangerous. The bit should be sharp and clean.

When the bit is installed into the collet, the shank (about ¾) is placed inside the collet and ensure that the router bit is tightened securely before using a wood router.

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Step #2

Avoiding splintering wood when using a router with woods such as oak with a strong grain, so be careful handling it. The bit should be in good condition and it’s sharp, cutting it with the grain not against it.

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Step #3

A common mistake that wood router first-timers make is advancing the wood router in the wrong direction along the wood. Moving the router in the opposite direction in rotating motion achieves the best results, done from left to right. By doing so, you’ll find a better control of the router without running away from you.

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Step #4

When you’re using a wood router there are safety precautions you need to bear in mind when you’ll use a wood router. You’ll need an appropriate safety gear including protective glasses for eye protection against flying debris as well as ear defenders for ear protection against the noise. The bit should be secured firmly into the collet with the appropriate speed.

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Tips and Tricks When Using a Wood Router

Tip #1

A fixed base router is set on the depth of the cut before using the router. This type of router stays fixed. On the other hand, a plunge router allows cut depth adjustment while you’re using the router.

This can be useful if you prefer to begin from the middle of a wood piece, or if you want to gradually increase the cut’s depth. Plunge routers have the option in fixing the depth to get the best benefits of a wood router.

Tip #2

A straight cutting dado bit makes a square channel located in the middle of a wood piece. An ogee bit is also referred to as a Roman Ogee, used in cutting an ornate S-shaped profile on the edge of a stock.

On the other hand, a rabbeting bit is used in cutting a square dado profile and a round over bit cuts a rounded profile into the piece of wood square edge.

Tip #3

Always read the instructional manual of the wood router you newly purchased to get an idea of how it works. Take note of the safety precautions and maintenance tips for the best results.

Also, check for the device and parts warranty. Product reviews online can help you so you can choose the right brand for your woodwork project. There are many brands of wood router available at Amazon.com that are top caliber.

Conclusion

A wood router is a helpful power tool used to route an area in a hard material like a plastic or wood. Routers are used in woodworking most especially cabinetry. The original form of the router is a hand tool type.

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How to Remove Dried Glue from Wood

Removing dried glue on wood could be hard but you need to do this to be able to perfect your project. If you don’t remove dried glue, the area will become impervious to paint and varnish.

Primer paint and top coat paint won’t penetrate the area, therefore, your project will look haphazard and messy. Not removing glue will also prevent varnish or stain from sticking to the wood.

There are many ways to remove dried, stubborn glue and these techniques will be featured by this guide.

Removing duct tape residue on wood

As much as you want to remove glue quickly, we tend to overlook these messes until the final stages of the task. Then, it has become very hard and so very hard to remove.

Follow these steps and it’s a guarantee that you rood will be free from dried wood.

Things you will need

  • Alcohol
  • Acetone or nail polish
  • Dish soap and warm water
  • Cooking oil
  • Baby oil, butter, or mayonnaise
  • Baking soda
  • WD-40
  • Vaseline
  • Commercial residue remover
  • Hair dryer
  • Butter knife or putty knife
  • Soft cloth
  • Paper towel

Methods

Method #1

Scrape any wood residue using a dull tool like a blade, butter knife or a putty knife. Hold the blade of the knife flat against the surface and slide it in to completely remove the residue. Work slowly but diligently to prevent scratching your furniture, wall or flooring.

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Method #2

Rubbing alcohol can remove dried glue. Soak a cloth in rubbing alcohol and rub this at the dried glue. Use only a clean and soft cloth to avoid damaging the area you want to treat.

Aside from rubbing alcohol, you may also remove dried glue by using acetone or nail polish remover, however; you need to be very careful. These materials can remove dried glue effortlessly.

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Method #3

Use dish soap and warm water to remove the glue. This is a good idea especially when the glue has become dirty and grimy. Use a soft cloth to apply soapy water on the dried glue. Scrub the area clean until the glue starts to come out.

Dry the surface with a cloth and rub the area with a clean cloth or paper towel to absorb water. Once the dried glue has softened, you can easily remove it with a scraper or a chisel.

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Method #4

Use oil to remove the dried glue. Dab a paper towel with cooking oil and rub or scrape the residue to remove it. Aside from cooking oil, you can also use baby oil, mayonnaise or butter; anything that slides and slips.

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Method #5

Use WD-40 on areas with a lot of residues. Although WD-40 works great on metal, it can also be used to work with wood. Dampen a terry cloth with WD-40 and treat smaller areas with residue.

Let the WD-40 remain on the area for a minute and then wash it away with soap and water. Read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use the product.

If you don’t have any WD-40 then you may use Vaseline or car wax as an alternative.

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Method #6

Use coconut oil and baking soda; mix the two ingredients to form a soft paste. Apply the paste on the residue and let it stay for at least 30 minutes. Brush the paste on the area and spread it across the dried glue.

Wash off the paste with warm water. Dampen a clean piece of cloth and try to remove the glue. The remaining dried glue will surely be easy to remove after these steps.

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Method #7

Another way to remove old glue is to remove the residue with a hairdryer. Heat can soften the glue so that it will be very easy to remove. Power on the hairdryer and place it near the dried old glue to soften it.

Once the old glue is out, you can now use a knife to remove it. You may also use a scraper or a chisel to remove the glue.

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Conclusion

To remove dried glue you must be persistent. Dried glue most likely is not just on top of the piece but also seated deep into the grain of the wood. But no matter what, you must remove dried glue because this can affect the way you apply paint or stain on your wooden project.

How To Remove Wood Stain From Skin

Woodworking is fun and exciting, but even if you are wearing gloves, a wood stain may still get on the skin of your hands and arms. While the color of wood stain may fade from your skin in the long run, it can be unsightly with the blotchy and unnatural hue of the skin.

There are common household cleaning agents, kitchen ingredients, and materials you can use at home to speed up the process so you can get your skin back to normal.

In this article, we’ll deal with the topic on how to remove a wood stain from the skin. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need to Follow This Tutorial?

The important things you will need to prepare to help remove a wood stain from your skin generally include water and soap. The common household cleaning agents available at home you can use are:

  • rubbing alcohol
  • acetone
  • oil (olive oil, mineral oil, or vegetable oil)
  • baking soda
  • lemon juice
  • vinegar
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • toothpaste
  • hand sanitizer
  • hairspray

What are the Types of Stain Formulas?

The wood stain has various formulas, and the two most common ones include oil-based and solvent or thinner. A solvent can be a plain water or chemical. Solvents present in stain are clear and they will not stain your skin.

Pigment and dye are the common culprits, and the wood stain contains either of them. Water-based wood stain can be removed by using water. The pigment and dyes in wood stain may linger and remain on your skin longer.

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How to Use Solvent Agents to Remove Wood Stain on Skin

Solvents, such as mineral spirits and paint thinner, are the most effective cleaning agents for removing the wood stain from the skin. However, they come with some drawbacks.

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For instance, petroleum-based solvents can irritate the skin and are highly flammable. There are solvents that are safer for the skin like water, rubbing alcohol, and acetone or nail polish remover. You can saturate a clean cloth with solvent then scrub the wood stain off. After which, immediately wash using water and soap.

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How to Use Natural Oils to Remove Wood Stain on Skin

While natural oils might not be as effective as solvents or thinners, they can remove a wood stain from skin gentler and with less irritation. You can use olive oil, mineral oil, vegetable oil, corn oil, or any kind of food-grade oil that is appropriate for removing a wood stain.

Just pour a small amount of oil in a small tray, and soak your affected skin in the oil for just a few minutes.

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Using a clean cloth, you can scrub the wood stain vigorously until it dissipates from your skin. Wash your skin with warm water and dish soap to remove the oil.

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How to Remove Wood Stain Using Home Remedies

You can also remove a wood stain on your skin using a makeup remover, particularly on your hands and fingers. An eye make-up remover has mineral oil, alcohol, glycerin, and other ingredients to help remove a wood stain from the skin. Also, some brands of make-up remover kits contain saturated pads you can use to scrub with.

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Washing soda or sodium carbonate is usually used by arts and crafts hobbyists. It is also called soda ash, which is used to remove ink stains. Just simply mix 1 part soda powder with 3 parts water, and use a dampened cloth to scrub the wood stain off.

If ever you are concerned about the harsh chemicals of wood stain cleaning agents, you can use food-safe alternatives, such as plain white vinegar. It is safe enough to remove the wood stain.

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Another alternative is the baking soda. Just simply mix it with water in order to form a paste, and the mild abrasive quality of this paste will help to scrub off the wood stain.

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Conclusion

Whatever wood stain cleaning agent you prefer, it is important to be careful scrubbing so hard because you might hurt yourself. Never leave a bleach solution on your skin for a long time if you need to remove a wood stain immediately for an emergency case, like a job interview. Did you learn and enjoy reading? Great! Share and like this post and leave a comment below!

How To Straighten Cupped Wood

How do you straighten a cupped wood? As wood gives off or absorbs moisture, it shrinks or expands on average along the growth rings like in the direction that is perpendicular to the growth rings or in the direction it is tangent to.

From a log, almost every disk cut eventually split because of various tangential-radial shrinkage.

From a log, almost every disk cut eventually split because of various tangential-radial shrinkage.

Lumber is usually sawn from the green logs, that is why new boards have a high moisture content. To dry most boards, kilns are usually used to about a 7 to 10% moisture content. A rough lumber is never truly straight and flat. It actually may have a cup, curl, or twist, which are all warp examples.

In this article, we will tackle how to straighten cupped wood.

What is Cupping?

Cup or cupping is a deviation from flat and straight across the width of a board.

A curl is considered a deviation from a flat state along the board length.

A twist is a deviation from a flat diagonal along the board length.

Ideally, pieces of wood are made straight and flat before being incorporated into a piece of furniture.

The clamps force warped boards in proper alignment, however, boards will always revert to their original warped state, so this will incorporate unnecessary stress into wood furniture, leading to splits, poorly fitting doors and drawers, and failure of a glue joint.

What You Will Need to Follow This Tutorial

You will generally need the wood furniture, board or lumber for this tutorial along with the tools and materials. The machine you need to use include a two-sided planer or a four-head molder. You also need a saw and measuring tool.

Steps to Produce Straight and Flat Pieces of Wood

After moving, the new lumber should be stacked for allowing air movement while acclimating to the new environment. Usually, lumber is horizontally stacked with ¾ x ¾ inches stickers between boards. This may require a few weeks to a year or more.

By comparing the new board’s metered moisture content to some boards that have been on location and are already acclimatized show when that the new boards are ready to use.

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When flattening and straightening pieces of wood, you can start by cutting rough lumber into wider and longer pieces than needed. Carefully flatten just one side of each piece.

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Once finished, it should straight and flat without any force or pressure being applied.

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After which, you can bring the second side so it is parallel to the first. Straighten one edge, bringing the second edge that is parallel to it.

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Finally, the piece of wood is now straight and flat. When it comes to a production setting, running full-length boards approximate flattening through a four-head molder or a two-sided planer. This process won’t completely remove twist and cup.

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How to Straighten and Flat Cupped Wood

This is a good example to illustrate straightening and flattening of cupped wood. A cherry board (11 ft) run twice through a power planer simulates the work of a production two-sided planer or four-head molder.

On each end, two inches were cut off, and the remainder was cut into three pieces. A dark dye is applied to the wood pieces faces to highlight the next step.

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One dyed surface was passed over on a power jointer, which is the best machine for straightening and flattening. A power jointer removes wood from the lower face, from the face parts touching the jointer bed.

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The right and left shown faces were passed over the jointer thrice, removing 1/8 inches in total, and the middle piece showed face was passed once over the jointer.

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For removing all of the low spots and make the faces truly flat, the right and left pieces should be passed over the jointer thrice, removing ¼ inch in total from the highest spots.

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For the middle piece, it needs to be passed over the jointer thrice, and remove 1/8 inch from its middle. The boards are sent through the power planer to make the other face parallel to the flat one. Another ¼ inch had to be removed from the highest areas of the outer boards. Also, another 1/8 inch has to be removed from the middle board ends, until the two faces are truly parallel and flat.

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Conclusion

Every piece of wood comes with internal stresses and internal moisture that greatly affect its shape, as well as how straight and flat it is. A dried board that has acclimatized to the environment and in equilibrium with internal stresses may not be straight and flat, but won’t change shape.

Moving the lumber may lead to a disruption of equilibrium with the new environment leading to cupping, twisting or curling. However, there are ways to flatten and straighten cupped wood as discussed above.

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How To Remove Wood Stain From Carpet

Keep your carpet free of any stains and clean is a challenge challenging task. Many homeowners fail to pass the challenge on a daily basis, so it’s important to know how to remove a stain from a carpet that can take away all its grandeur and beauty.

Wood stains are among the most stubborn carpet stains. The situation gets more complicated if you’re dealing with oil-based wood stains or old furniture stains.

In this article, we will help you with different ways to get the stain out of your carpet.

What You Will Need to Follow This Tutorial

You’ll need a clean water, stain remover, absorbent towel, paper towels, and other cleaning agents.

How to Get Rid of Oil-based Carpet Wood Stain

Step #1

The first thing you need to do is to check the care instructions on the commercial carpet stain remover you are planning to use if you are dealing with oil-based stains. Make sure that all ingredients mentioned on the label are suitable for your carpet type based on the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step #2

Pour a stain remover on the stained area then let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes to help loosen all the stain particles for easier stain removal.

Step #3

Soak a clean cloth in a warm water and make sure to remove the excess water before rubbing the area gently using a circular motion. Use another clean and damp cloth so the stained area is covered and then iron it on a low heat.

Step #4

Use a carpet steamer so you can steam the stained area that you’ve cleaned. In a clean cloth, pour some acetone and use it in blotting the stained area until you the stain completely disappear.

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How to Remove Water-based Carpet Wood Stain

Step #1

It’s generally impossible completely removing a wood stain from a carpet without a spot or stain left behind. To figure out how to get the wood stain out of a carpet, one important factor you need to consider is the solvent type of wood stain is based. It is easier to remove a water-based wood stain.

Step #2

You can simply use clean water so the stain is diluted and blot it with a clean absorbent towel.

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Step #3

Finally, vacuum the stained carpet area with a dry steam to achieve a clean look.

How to Remove Old Furniture Wood Stains From Carpet

Step #1

Because we are dealing with old stains, it is important to suck away the dry particles. You can prepare a carpet cleaning solution. Just simply mix a liquid dishwashing soap and warm water (1 cup).

Step #2

Do a patch test in a small area of the carpet. Use a clean cloth and apply the prepared cleaning mix to the stained area. Let it sit for at five minutes.

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Step #3

Don’t rub the stain harshly because it will just set the stain deeper into your carpet which can also damage the carpet fibers. Using an absorbent and clean towel, blot the affected area and repeat the process so the stain doesn’t transfer at all.

Step #4

Once the wood stain is totally removed, the area is covered with a clean and white paper towel for excess moisture to be absorbed. Place a non-staining and heavy object on it. Let it rest for 24 hours or overnight and the next morning, you can vacuum the carpet treated area so the texture of the carpet is regained.

Tips and Tricks

  1. If you’ve spilled a large amount of wood stain, it will soak the carpet and may never come out or removed completely.
  2. Before the wood stain sets longer on the carpet and starts to dry, blot the area using paper towels as much as you can.
  3. Mix 1/4 cup of ammonia,1 tsp of liquid dishwashing soap, and 2 cups of warm water.
  4. Use a clean cloth or a sponge to dip into the solution. Blot the affected area on your carpet, working outside of the carpet stain toward the center.
  5. Remove all traces of solution using a second cloth that is dipped in plain water.

Conclusion

A small amount of wood stain on your carpet is manageable using a stain remover and soap and water solution. However, for large carpet stains, you may need a professional to help you.

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How To Screw Into Wood

Driving a screw into wood is one of those tasks which are often underestimated. Sure, it seems simple enough. After all, what can possibly go wrong with screwing a piece of wood?

Well, you can end up failing to draw the boards together properly. And if the screw is not tight enough, your DIY project will be easily prone to damage. Nonetheless, splitting wood while screwing into it is also common spread.

So how to screw into the wood? What are the Dos and Don’ts? And how about the tiny tricks which will help you avoid unpleasant mistakes? Read on and find out.

What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial

  • Electric drill
  • Pencil/Marker
  • Screws
  • Drill bit
  • Screwdriver Bit

Pro Tips

1 – Use a bar of soap to increase proper friction when working with hardwood

For example, if you are working with maple or walnut, or any other hardwood, you may have a hard time driving the screw into the wood. Just wipe a bar of soap or a wax candle along the screw. Doing so will help to lubricate the threads.

2 – Don’t skip on drilling a pilot hole

When screwing into wood, it’s crucial that the thread will grip well. Thus, you always want to start with drilling a pilot hole (even if you are feeling lazy enough to skip on this seemingly useless move). If you aim to connect 2 pieces of wood, you need to pre-drill a hole which is 0.5 – 1 mm bigger than the diameter of the screw.

3 – Set your equipment right

If you work at the wrong speed, you may end up disappointed. Higher speed than needed may lead to burning marks due to overheating. Lower speed than needed may lead to an untidy hole.

Always drill along the grain of the wood. Fix the wood boards with clamps to stay away from accidental slips during the process of drilling. Don’t forget to check twice if the bit you are using fits the screw precisely.

Step by Step Instructions for Screwing Into Wood

Step 1 – Drill a pilot hole

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For a start, you need to position the board. Place the board next to the other board or the stud you are about to screw it into. Use a marker or a pencil to mark the exact spot of the screw before you drill. Next, use a drill bit which has the same diameter as the screw and drills a pilot hole.

Step 2 – Finish with a screwdriver bit

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Replace the drill bit with a screwdriver’s bit. Set the chuck of the drill at the most suitable number of the setups you have available (typically the intermediate work best). Proceed with placing the very point of the screw to seat it tight. Your wisest move is to spin the screw a few times by hand until you can see it fits the pilot hole well.

Now, it’s time to position the screwdriver bit tightly as to match perfectly the head of the screw. Press the drill firmly and steadily. Sometimes, the clutch may be released before the screw is fully intact into the wood. In such cases, you will need to adjust the drill’s clutch by switching to a higher setting.

Ultimately, anyone can learn how to screw into wood. That includes complete beginners who are just starting to explore the beauty and joy of woodworking. However, it is up to your determination and precision to understand the process of screwing into the wood; this process is far more significant than what it appears to be at the very first sight.

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How To Remove Wood Paneling

The removal of wood paneling is not difficult in itself. When removing the wood paneling, it is important not to damage it. The removal of wood paneling and drywall replacement is a more challenging task.

In this article, we will tackle how to remove wood paneling effectively and efficiently.

What You’ll Need to Follow This Tutorial?

The important things you will need to help remove wood paneling include a heat gun and paint scraper for glued paneling on the drywall. Flat paint is needed to cover all imperfections like holes.

How to Remove a Small Wood Paneling Section

Step #1

First and foremost, it is important to ascertain of what exactly is found behind your wood paneling by removing a small piece. You need to pry a single wood panel and then carefully remove it if you are able to start from a corner or near the floor. It is nailed to a stud with the use of small nails which resemble tacks.

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Step #2

If ever you find that the wood paneling is directly installed over the wall studs, you’ll need to do a drywall installation once your wood paneling is removed, which is significantly more work than merely as compared to removing the wood paneling as well as painting walls. Remember though that, hanging a drywall is time-consuming and expensive.

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Step #3

Remove trim or molding pieces along the floor, corners, and ceiling of a room. You can use a pry bar for removing each piece of wood paneling, and the pieces are lifted away from the wall studs or drywall, completely removing them in sections.

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How to remove Wood Paneling From a Drywall

The removal of wood paneling from a drywall can update your home instantly. Here are a few simple steps you can do to help update your home.

Step #1

Verify that there’s drywall underneath the wood paneling and you need to be 100% sure. This is done by removing a piece of trim or molding, or a cover of a light switch.

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Step #2

Check how your wood paneling has been attached. Wood paneling is usually attached with glue, nails, or a combination. It will determine if the extent of the damage you’ll need to repair after removing the paneling. If a wood paneling is attached using nails, it tends to come off cleanly from the drywall. Glued wood paneling causes more damage to the drywall.

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Step #3

Removing the wood paneling should be done carefully. If ever the paneling is nailed into a drywall, then the task is fairly easy and simple. It is glued, it is important to use a heat gun. Doing so will help in removing the wood paneling from the drywall. Using a paint scraper and heat gun will help in removing any glue.

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Step #4

The final steps are patching and painting the wall. After removing the wood paneling, patch all holes in the wall. You can use a flat paint for covering any imperfections on the wall. Now, you can replace any moldings or trim.

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Conclusion

Removing wood paneling can be easy or challenging, depending on what is exactly is behind the drywall. Did you enjoy learning and reading this post? Great! Share and like it and leave a comment below!

How To Transfer Pictures To Wood

Whether I travel or not, I would love to capture the moments to treasure. I am a great believer that memories really lasts especially if we document it.

But how will I do it?

Yes, you got it right, through taking pictures. I would love to personalize every bit of the pictures not just on my social media, but I want it to hang on my walls at home.

This gives me an idea to make a themed wood wall frames. One thing is my goal, I am not going to spend my money over expensive frames. I want it personalized and synchronized.

I am going to show you how to make this amazing art and craft idea like a pro. After all, this will make our wall more artsy and fancy. This is just like sticking a sticker on a sticker album but on to the next level. This will be fun and exciting, so go ahead, grab all the needed tools and materials and let’s do it together.

What You Need To Follow This Tutorial

  • Wood Paint Panel
  • Your chosen picture
  • Mod Podge
  • Gel Medium
  • Sponge Applicator
  • Damped Cloth

For the picture, I would highly suggest using the Photocopied Image on Regular Copy Paper, the picture will more likely to stick on the wood panel. Now take note in doing this procedure, the picture will be opposite to its original.

But this is not a big deal, however, if you are going to use a picture with words on it, it will look backward than the usual. You may use an application for images that will mirror the image itself to avoid sticking the pictures backward.

Step By Step Tutorial on How To Transfer Pictures to Wood

Step 1: Apply Gel Medium on the wood panel

Prep your wood panel before doing this, smoothen the surface. Gradually apply the gel medium on to the wood panel. This is why your picture will stick on to the wood. Apply evenly a thick layer of it to make sure your picture will stick well.

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Step 2: Lay your picture on to the wood

Lay down your picture on to the wood. Lightly rub your hand on the picture to make sure that the image will stick on to the panel.

Be patient in doing this, this is going to be crucial since we are going to put on the picture.

Make sure all the surface are evenly laid on the panel. We don’t want some part of the image will be missing.

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Step 3: Let the picture set on the wood panel

Wait for the picture to completely set on to the wood panel for at least 8 hours or more, so that all the images will be kept intact. Carefully check the picture if it is totally stuck on to the panel before going to the next procedure.

This is the longest part of the procedure. I know we hate waiting, but rest assured this is going to be worth it. Don’t be in a rush in this, the more you take time to it, the more it will be better.

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Step 4: Get the damped cloth and soak it on to the paper

Using the damped cloth, gently soak it on to the paper then gradually rub on the cloth in a circular motion, be patient in doing this. Then wipe out all the excess paper that is worn out from the wood panel. This is the fun part since we are now almost done of our project. You can now see the progress after the long wait of letting the image set on to the panel.

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Step 5: Put on the mod podge

Then put on the mod podge on to the surface to seal it all in. Put one coat and let it dry, and then put another layer for a total of two layers. Your image will look better after coating it. It will seal in the picture, it will look nice and silky. You may also add edge design you can just paint the edges to make it nicer. It’s all up to you, this is so simple and doable.

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And there we have it, this is a super easy personalized picture to hang on to the wall. You can also make this as a gift to your friends and family. You will definitely appreciate this kind of picture-perfect memory since you made it all by yourself without compromising your savings.

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How To Remove White Stains From Wood

Do not allow the beauty of your favorite wooden furniture ruined because of a small white stain, mark, or spot. Apart from the watermarks, white rings or spots are equally damaging.

Marring of white spots or stains happen on an expensive coffee table as well as antique wooden furniture pieces.

In this article, we will talk about way on how to remove the white stain from wood.

What are White Stains?

White stains on wooden furniture are vague circles, rings, or cloud-like stains or spots. These white spots can be flat or raised and they may also appear like a layer or film painted onto the wood surface. These wood stains shouldn’t be confused with watermarks, that are generally slightly raised and transparent.


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The chemicals used on wooden furniture cause reaction which can increase the temperature and formation of compounds, oxidizing or burning the wood. The changes are obvious, including the color, which is a visible indicator of a chemical reaction.

The causes of unsightly marks include keeping hot pans, glasses, food containers, cookery, and plates. Also, even pizza boxes and take out cartons on a wooden surface cause these white spots or stains.

To prevent these unsightly marks, it is important to lay a tablecloth or cover the surface with a cloth or towel. Steam stains are caused by keeping a moist beverage holder or glass. The steam coming from the hot objects cause a chemical reaction.

The success of removing a white stain highly depends on the wood type used in the furniture, polishing, finishing, and treatment used. Also, it is affected by the length of time the hot object was placed or kept on the furniture as well as the extent of the burn.

What are the Things You’ll Need to Follow This Tutorial?

The important things you’ll need to help remove the white stains from the wood include:

  • denatured alcohol (in small quantity)
  • liquid furniture polish
  • a mixture of water and ½ cup ammonia
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • vinegar
  • toothpaste
  • cotton towel or cloth

Step-by-step Guide in Removing White Stains From Wood

Step #1

Spread a clean cotton towel or an unused, clean-shirt over the white stains. Don’t use a thick towel.

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Step #2

Position the iron on the towel just right above the stain.

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Step #3

Just let the iron sit on the towel for around one minute.

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Step #4

Take the iron off and wipe any moisture or residue left on the wooden table. If you’re worried about worsening the stain with heat, just move the iron carefully around the stained area or hover the iron and allow the steam fall on the spot directly. The tip and trick are turning the steam heat setting on.

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Step #5

Don’t leave the iron on the wooden table for a long time because it may damage the furniture. Just wipe the area with a mineral oil or olive oil.

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What are the Home Remedies in removing White Wood Stains?

Step #1

You can use a blow hair dryer, and just keep the heat setting at low, medium, and direct the heat on the stain. After which, use a dry and soft cloth for the spot or stain to be wiped completely.

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Step #2

You can also use a steel wool (triple 0 grade) to rub the stain or spot out. Be gentle and careful while rubbing because steel wool is harsh and can possibly rub the unaffected wooden surface out.

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Step #3

Mixing butter, cooking oil, or lemon juice and cigarette ashes is also another method to remove stubborn white stains on wood. Simply bub the stain with a clean cloth dipped in the mix, and wipe clean using a soft cloth.

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Step #4

Mixing linseed oil and rottenstone and to form a thin paste is also a good idea. Rub on the spot gently and avoid rubbing too hard.

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Step #5

Use your finger and dip in mineral oil and salt. With your finger coated, rub the spot using a circular motion, wiping out the stain slowly.

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Step #6

You can also use some mayonnaise to remove the stain as well as rubbing other substances such as small amounts of denatured alcohol (in small quantity), liquid furniture polish, a mixture of water and ½ cup ammonia, baking soda, salt, olive oil, vinegar, or toothpaste.

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Conclusion

White stains or spots are usually caused by keeping objects or hot vessels on the surface of the furniture. Polished and treated wood are delicate, fragile, and with high sensitivity to heat. Common household remedies are now available. Ensure to apply these gently to avoid damaging your wooden furniture. Did you enjoy learning and reading this post? Great! Share and like it and leave a comment below!

How to Remove Linoleum Glue from Wood

Linoleum can make any floor look flawless. It is available in all kinds of designs, colors, and prints. It can also serve as a cover, to protect hardwood from traffic and furniture.

But despite its many advantages, there are some disadvantages as well, like when you need to remove linoleum completely.

How do you get rid of linoleum glue from your delicate wood floor?

This guide will tell you how it’s done the right and the non-messy way.

Removing linoleum glue on wood basics

Linoleum glue is very sticky and very hard to remove especially on hardwood floors. It is very hard to do especially when you are dealing with old linoleum.

Here are some steps to work with linoleum glue after you have successfully detached the top.

Things you will need

  • Protective equipment (mask, gloves, and goggles)
  • Scraper tool
  • Heat gun
  • Old towels
  • Hot water
  • Sharp knife
  • Wallpaper steamer
  • Oscillating scraper

Instructions

Before starting, a fair warning. Removing underlayment or linoleum glue is hard especially when it is on the hardwood floor. This is because aside from dealing with the glue, you are also taking risks to preserve your precious floor.

Adhesive usually adheres very well to the floor, especially for old linoleum. Earlier linoleum was fastened to the subfloor using an underlayment, which can contain tar.

If the linoleum in your home is very old and the underlayment is difficult to remove, consider the help of expert professionals.

Check for asbestos for older linoleum

Step #1

Old linoleum adhesive and paint may cause asbestos especially if the floor and linoleum have been installed decades ago. Work using goggles, gloves and, if possible, respirator mask to filter out asbestos fibers.

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Step #2

Remove a small piece of tacky paper or underlayment gunk to test for asbestos. Many older linoleum floors may contain asbestos tiles or sheeting, which can be dangerous if inhaled.

You can safely and efficiently remove asbestos at home but it would be easier if a professional abatement contractor deals with asbestos.

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Step #3

If you still want to proceed, you can make the asbestos less dangerous by dampening it with water before removing it. Wet asbestos doesn’t get airborne easily so this makes it less dangerous than dry asbestos.

Also be careful about dampening the underlayment especially if you have wooden floors.

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Step #4

Use a simple scraper tool to work with delicate linoleum. If you have delicate floors, scrape the adhesive or underlayment with a scraper tool.

Apply moderate to extreme pressure especially if the adhesive is very strong. This is a gentle but time-consuming way to remove linoleum adhesive from wood floors but it will reduce the risk of damaging the wooden subfloors.

This is a gentle but time-consuming way to remove linoleum adhesive from wood floors but it will reduce the risk of damaging the wooden subfloors.

Another way to get rid of linoleum glue from wooden floors is by using a heat gun plus an oscillating scraper. However, it could be difficult to get the oscillating scraper blade underneath the adhesive. The heat gun softens the adhesive so that this could be easily removed with the scraper.

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Step #5

If you have durable subfloors, you may heat the adhesive. You can do this by boiling hot water and let this be absorbed for about 15 minutes. Apply water if the subfloor is concrete or a replaceable plywood because wood warping may occur with water, especially hot water, so be careful with salvageable hardwood subfloors.

Use old towels and line these on the area where you are working on. Now drench these with hot water. Let this remain on top of the floor until the water becomes cold.

After the adhesive becomes softer, scrape it away with a manual scraper. Use a larger scraper for moistened adhesive so you can cover more ground.

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Step #6

Another way to dislodge linoleum glue is by using a wallpaper steamer. These are available from tool rental shops. Warm up the steamer and as this is starting to warm up, place the applicator pad of the steamer in one section of the adhesive and steam for 60 to 90 seconds.

Next, place the steamer on another section and scrape the previous area that was steamed. Use a scraper to remove the glue.

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Step #7

Clean by sweeping or vacuuming the newly exposed subfloor. This will remove all the debris on the floor so it will be ready for polishing.

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Conclusion

Removing linoleum leaves a lot of glue which is usually very hard to remove. It takes some expert work to remove old linoleum as well since this may contain asbestos which is dangerous to health. But no doubt that after this much work, it will be great to see your lovely hardwood floors once again.

How to Transition Between Two Different Wood Floors

Transitioning between two different wood floors is relatively easy when it comes to meeting at a narrow doorway.

However, it gets a little tricky when you are looking on keeping an open floor plan for either a residential or commercial space more cohesive.

In this article, you will learn how to transition between two different wood floors, so you’ll have an idea of how to proceed on your next project with full confidence.

What You’ll Need to Follow This Tutorial

The basic materials you’ll need for this woodwork project include wood board or panels, saw, T-molding, hammer, tiles, grout, tile adhesive, glue, nails, and measuring tools.

Techniques in Wood Floor Transition

Technique #1

Making the design irregular. Rather than a right-angled and straight design, you can make transitioning more interesting by designing your floor using an irregular pattern such as a curved, shaped, or diagonal line.

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Technique #2

Pushing boundaries is a good idea to help your flooring transition professionally. This is done by intentionally extending one covering as well as past the point where they are expected to meet. The tile in this example of a one-wall kitchen extends to the doorway, and it stops short.

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Technique #3

Carrying the border across. Your flooring that requires to end at an island or wall can obtain a style boost if you add a thin border used in surrounding the feature.

In the photo below, the toe kick tile and floor of this kitchen extend around the island, and the wood edge creates an interesting zig-zag border.

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Technique #4

Splitting the line is another clever idea, wherein it involves interrupting the space where two-floor treatments meet. This is done by placing a piece of furniture or a feature right on top of it. This can be done when transitioning between two different wood floors.

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Technique #5

Adding a buffer zone is suitable for two different shades or types of hardwood floors, you may consider a buffer zone like an accent tile in-between. The tile buffer in this image eases a transition between two floors that clash.

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Tips and Tricks When Transitioning Two Wood Floors

While it is true that using the same type of flooring creates a sense of space throughout your home, it is not necessarily the only way to make the most out of every individual room.

For example, dark wood floors, like mahogany or Brazilian walnut, work well in large rooms and both south-facing rooms. Also smaller rooms can benefit from wood flooring with lighter tones such as maple, white oak, or ash.

Yes, you can combine different types of wood for the flooring of your home, and you can mix and match woods elsewhere, like cabinets and other furniture pieces.

1) Contrast

Make sure that the different woods are distinctly different in one area because combining woods with too similar colors can appear as simply having a mistake.

For instance, you can combine a dark wood color on the stairs, doors, and stair rails with a lighter color on the floor of the hallway.

If you’re going to lay a darker color of the wood floor of the kitchen or any room of the hallway, you should match the color of the floor in the hallway with the darker wood.

Match the color of your kitchen cabinets with the hallway’s lighter tones. This is to maintain a sense of cohesion in all areas around the home.

2) Laying the Floor

When it comes to a narrow area, do not lay the flooring that it runs parallel to space’s length because it will just reinforce lack of width and the sense of length which creates a bowling alley effect.

3) Transition

The transition between different types of wood flooring in two adjoining rooms occurs in a straight line within the threshold of the room. An easy and quick way to transition neatly is using a piece of T-molding. It creates a T shape, wherein the lower part slots that are located between the two floors and the top section creates a nice and smooth transition.

Conclusion

Transitioning two different types of wood is made easier by keeping all these tips and tricks in mind. You cause tiles, furniture, T-molding, and other techniques that are proven effective for the best results. Share this post and leave a comment to share your thoughts now!

How To Stain Wood With Coffee

If you’d love to try an all-natural, non-toxic, super-easy way to stain wood, then you want to learn how to stain wood with coffee. Yep, that’s right. Just plain coffee grounds mixed with water, and you have it.

Of course, for best results, you also need to know the right recipe for the coffee staining solution. Plus, a couple of tips to give you a kick-start as a coffee wood stain master. Keep in mind that coffee can deepen the nuances of all types of wood, which makes staining with coffee a quite versatile technique.

What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial

  • Coffee
  • Water
  • Foam brush
  • Big bowl/ Plastic bottle (or any other suitable container to mix the coffee and water solution)

Pro Tips

1 – The golden rule: 1 part of coffee + 1 part of the water

Whatever the size of the surface you want to stain, just remember you want to mix 1 part of water with 1 part of stain. That makes up for the full dissolving of the coffee grounds at an optimal concentration of the coloring pigments.

2 – Let the coffee grounds dissolve in hot water thoroughly

You can proceed with applying the coffee solution as soon as you have mixed the coffee grounds with hot water. However, it’s best to let the coffee dissolve properly for a good 30 minutes (but no more than an hour). You can also stir occasionally.

3 – Don’t shy off from experimenting!

I bet you also have some other natural wood stain ingredients handy right now. Or you may at least get inspired to try them out. How about beetroot wood stain for a magnificently purple-hued wood?

Step by Step Instructions for Staining Wood With Coffee

Step 1 – Mix your coffee staining solution

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Combine coffee grounds and hot (boiling) water in a suitable container. The quantity of coffee and water you mix will depend on the size of the surface you want to cover.

A 6-inch x 6-inch wooden board will take up approximately 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds x 2 tablespoons of water for staining.

Step 2 – Apply the coffee-water mix (apply up to 4 coats)

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Using a foam brush is a perfect idea if you are working on a relatively small surface of the wood. For bigger objects, such as massive furniture, it’s better to work with a paint brush. Some also recommend spilling the mixture directly on the object, as if bathing it with the coffee solution.

Allow each layer to dry off thoroughly before applying another one. The time for drying will depend on the size of the wood you are dealing with, so there are no strict regulations. Just check if the wood feels dry to the touch.

If you want to speed up the drying process, you can use a hairdryer and blow directly against the wood.

Have you tried staining wood with coffee? Do you know that you can also stain wood with black tea? Have you tried any of these methods before? Psst, can we share one more trick for staining wood naturally? We also love the steel wool and vinegar staining solution. What’s your favorite?

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How to Remove Stain From Wood

Accident spills sure happen but there’s no need to panic when a spilled steaming cup of coffee, fruit juice, or sloshed water leaves a mark on your favorite wood furniture.

But, how to remove a stain from wood?

It is now easy to bring a wood furniture back to its original state or condition.

First and foremost, you need to determine the depth of the damage. By doing so, you’ll be able to tell the color of the watermark or stain.

What are the Qualities of Wood Marks or Stains?

Marks or stains are usually made by steam or liquid. They are usually light-colored or white. It only means that the wood has not penetrated deeply through the polished or waxed surface. A dark stain indicates that the spilled liquid or stain has penetrated through the wood finish and possibly through the wood.

What are the Things You’ll Need for This Tutorial

The things you need to prepare to remove stains from wood include the following:

  • varnish remover or bleach paint
  • newspapers
  • mask
  • gloves
  • masking tape
  • quality sandpaper (100 grit to 220 grit)
  • soft brush
  • steel wool
  • paint scraper
  • soft wire brush
  • old rags
  • mineral spirits

The other means you can use to remove white rings on wooden tables and other wooden furniture pieces include using a toothpaste, drying using a hair dryer, using oil, and baking soda.

General Steps in Removing Stain From Wood

There are different ways to remove a wood stain, ranging from light sanding to using strong chemicals. It is important to remember that removing wood stain should be done gently and carefully to avoid changing the wood shape or causing noticeable areas where the application is too rigorous. The removal of wood stain rejuvenates a piece of furniture or floor, as well as change the color completely or preserve it.

Preparation is very important in removing the stain from wood. Spread out your old newspapers, taping the edges together in order to form a solid base where you can lay the wooden furniture.

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Mask off small workable areas if you are removing wood stains or marks from an entire floor section. This is done little at a time. The main idea is applying procedures or chemicals to the wood stain parts that will be removed while the other areas are protected. It is a must to wear safety equipment every time.

Whether you are lightly sanding or you’re applying a heavy-duty chemical remover, using a respirator face mask is very important. Also, eye protection or goggles and gloves are important considerations when doing such work.

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When removing wood stains and marks, you can start by lightly sanding the stained area. If you’re dealing with a light stain, you need to sand gently and it usually does and finishes the job. Always sand carefully to avoid changing the shape of the wood or digging too deeply.

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If ever the wood stain is too deep, you may need to use a household bleach or commercially prepared bleach to help remove the stain. You need to apply it cautiously to preserve the wood integrity and for safety reasons. Applying too much bleach raises the grain and may distort the piece.

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If the mark or stain is already deeply ingrained into the wood, you may need to apply a stronger paint remover or commercial stain. These are caustic products, so be sure to strictly follow the instructions of the manufacturer very carefully. It is necessary to apply newspapers with a heavier base or even use plastic for protecting other areas.

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How to Remove White Rings

When removing white rings, you can go over the mark or stain using an iron. The iron is emptied of all water.

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Next, lay a t-shirt, towel, or other types of cloth over the stain which acts as a barrier between the iron and the table. The iron is turned to a low setting and it is rubbed slowly over the fabric for just a short period of time. After which, lift the cloth to check if the stain or white ring has disappeared. Replace the cloth and repeat the process if it has not disappeared.

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You need to ensure that your iron is actually set to no steam, and act as fast as possible. You have to dry the table surface before you start. Wiping away any water or moisture on the surface every time the iron is removed. White rings are usually caused by liquid or steam and the color means that they have penetrated only the finish or wax. White rings are easier to clean as compared to darker stains.

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You can rub white rings with a lemon oil and steel wool. In fact, a lemon oil is considered a lubricant, helping prevent the wood from scratches. You can purchase a fine steel wool pad and soak it in a lemon oil. Rub the wool gently over the white rings. After which, rub a cloth that is dubbed with alcohol over the stain.

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How to Remove White Rings Using Other Methods

The other means you can use to remove white rings on wooden tables and other wooden furniture pieces include using a toothpaste, drying using a hair dryer, using oil, and baking soda.

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When using a toothpaste, make sure to use a non-gel and white toothpaste. Place some toothpaste on a cloth or on your finger, rubbing the toothpaste with the wood grain until it heats. You can damp a cloth with water, wiping away the toothpaste and drying the water. Just a minimal amount of toothpaste is enough for the dab work. Do not scrub the wood surface for too long, and don’t scrub outside of the stained area because it might wear the finish as well as the top layer of the wood.

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You can dry a white ring using a hair dryer by turning it on high and holding it close to the wood stain. It should begin disappearing because the dryer dries the wood moisture. Just make sure to move the hairdryer back and forth over the surface area which can take 10 to 30 minutes. Place a little olive oil on the surface of the wood and moisturize afterward.

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The wood stain can be rubbed using an oil-based product like oil, including petroleum jelly, mayonnaise, and butter. These products can help seep into the surface of the wood, thus breaking up the moisture. Place the petroleum jelly or mayonnaise on the stain and leave it for at least hour up or better do it overnight. Just ensure to put more petroleum jelly or mayonnaise on the stain or mark if it dries out.

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You can add slight abrasive stain removing power by mixing cigarette ashes with petroleum jelly or mayonnaise. When using a baking soda, you can mix it with either water or toothpaste to remove the white ring or stain. If you’re using water, mix two parts of baking soda with one part water. A clean rag is used to gently scrub the mark or stain. If you’re planning to use a baking soda with toothpaste, just simply mix equal parts of baking soda and toothpaste together, and then the stain is rubbed using a clean rag. Be sure to rinse it using a damp cloth.

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How to Remove Dye Wood Surface Stains

You can use a baking soda on wood surface dye stains. A baking soda is a perfect cleaning agent. You can get rid of the dye by mixing baking soda with lemon juice or distilled vinegar.

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Next, make a paste with the same consistency of a toothpaste and spread it over the dye stain. You can use a sponge to gently rub it into the wood. Once you are finished, you can wipe the paste from the area. When you are finished, you can rinse with a plain water and rag.

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Instead of a sponge, you can also use your fingers. Adding some more water or vinegar can be done if the stain is too stubborn. Repeat this process until the stain disappeared. To remove the dye, you can also try using a magic eraser.

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How to Remove Greasy Stains

Using a dish detergent can be done to get rid of non-greasy stains. This is applicable for nail polish and food stains. You can do this by mixing the soap or detergent in warm water, soaking a rag in the solution, and rubbing over the spot.

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You can also use ammonia to remove greasy stains by rubbing it to the wood surface. Use a little bit of ammonia that is mixed with cold water, and then cover it with a rag, gently rubbing over the stain.

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How to Clean Pet Stains

You can clean pet stains using a bacteria-killing solution. It is important to remove the bacteria when your pets mess on your wood flooring because the bacteria cause odor and stains.

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To remove the stains and bacteria, you need to use a 5% phenol solution. You can buy it in a home improvement store or hardware. Clean the wood area with the use of a damp or soft cloth.

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If the floor has a wax finish, you can use mineral spirits and fine steel wool to clean the surface area. You may clean the stains in a circular motion. Also, don’t forget to wax and buff afterward.

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How to Clean Permanent Marker Stains

Handling permanent marker stains can be challenging.

You can use an isopropyl alcohol to get rid the permanent marker stains. On a clean rag, just place a few drops of isopropyl alcohol and gently rub the stain.

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Wiping off the area with a damp rag is done to rinse afterward. You need to test on the underside of the table first to ensure that it does not damage the table. Also, you can try using a toothpaste to also remove the permanent marker stain.

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How to Remove Black Stains

Black stains are actually water stains with deeper penetration into the wood and they’re much harder to get removed.

You can get black stains by using bleach. Use an Oxalic Acid found in wood bleach and household cleaners which can be bought at home improvement stores or grocery stores.

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Firstly, you have to strip the surface area with the stain to treat it. This is done by simply mixing the water and Oxalic Acid mixture, thus making a thick paste. Never do this in a metal bowl because Oxalic Acid may cause discoloration in a metal material.

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Apply the mixture to the stain with a disposable paintbrush or rag. Let the mixture sit until it dries, adding multiple applications and rinsing the area between the applications. If ever the bleach does not remove it, you can remove the stain, like wine or food using a household bleach or hydrogen peroxide. After which, refinish the spot, but not the whole piece unless you need to.

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How to Use a Heavy-duty Paint Remover

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You need to apply a paint remover with the use of a soft brush and generously apply over the entire piece. Just make sure to brush the paint remover into the nooks and cracks as thoroughly as possible. Let the paint remover penetrate the wood piece based on the instructions of the manufacturer. When you’re ready, the paint remover is removed off the wood using a paint scraper gently.

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Use a steel wool and soft wire brush so you can get inside the cracks and hard to reach areas. Wiping the wood with a clean cloth that is saturated in mineral spirits is a good idea to remove the leftover paint remover. To handle stubborn spots, use a 100-grit sandpaper, gently rubbing the stains out.

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The wood is cleaned again using mineral spirits. After which, you have to sand the entire area using a 220-grit sandpaper. Doing so will remove the mineral spirit’s last residue and paint remover. Also, the tiny raised fibers are removed, thus making the piece clean and smooth.

How to Clean a Wooden Swing Set

As time goes by, a wooden swing set becomes dirty because of natural elements (rain, snow, and sun heat) and regular use. Regularly cleaning your swing set is made to ensure that it will last for many years. It is important to watch the bugs because if they are left unchecked, the outdoor structures become a home for various kinds of bugs, including termites, that can severely damage any wooden structure up to the point that it needs to be replaced.

Hornets, wasps, and other bugs can create hives in dark spaces, underneath platforms, or corners which can be dangerous to children who are using and playing on it. To help combat these bugs, you need to periodically clean your wooden swing set.

First, you need to spray the swing set with water using a garden hose. A power washer might be necessary to eliminate accumulated leaves, dirt, and stagnant and dirty water trapped in between wood pieces. Dried bird droppings are hard to eliminate using a basic garden house, so a pressure washer will help in making a great deal. Just ensure not to damage the wooden swing set if you use a pressure washer.

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People usually attack a wooden swing set using a wire brush to eliminate the grime so you need to use a soft brush. Doing so will dig up the wood which causes the splinters or creates areas where the rain and sun can rot it.

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You can use a brush with soft bristles and water and gentle soap, brushing in a circular motion for removing mildew, mold, or caked-on dirt. You can also purchase solvents or special cleaners to clean your dirty wooden swing set. However, the most effective and efficient solution is a simple soap and warm water solution. Using a soft brush or strong cloth is highly recommended instead of a sponge.

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Soaking the area that you’re cleaning with soap and water is a good idea. Once it is set, you can gently work it using a circular motion with a brush. When you’re cleaning a wooden swing set, there is a tendency to start at an eye level, working around the structure until it is cleaned.

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It is important to work in a systematic way to help clean the entire swing without missing any areas. You can start on top and work your way downward then from side to side. In this way, the dirt won’t flow down on areas that are already washed.

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It is also important to dry the swing set in a good day to help the wooden swing set stay fresh and clean. For the meantime, don’t allow your children to use the swing or play on it. It prevents slipping from the leftover water because children can easily kick up dirt and mud that sticks and creates a mess to wet wood.

Conclusion

The stains or marks left by liquid or steam, such as a dye, coffee, juice, milk, and food, can make your wood furniture ugly. That is why it is important to know the basic steps to eliminate stains and marks by referring to this tutorial. You may want to like and share it with your family and friends, and also leave a comment below to share your insights, ideas, and experiences.

How To Treat Pallet Wood For Indoor Use

Pallet wood boards are not always discarded. A lot of companies store their pallets outside prior to being returned or recycled.

You can ask a local pallet store or a factory to hand you some pallet for your woodwork project, or sometimes, you see a leftover pallet in your workshop, garage, or cabin and you can treat them for another use.

In this article, you will learn how to treat pallet wood for indoor use.

What You’ll Need to Follow This Tutorial

  • power washer or garden hose
  • hammer
  • cat’s paw
  • pry bar
  • gloves
  • wood stain
  • wood finishing
  • clean cloth
  • disinfectant cleaning solution
  • scrub brush
  • bucket or pail
  • water

When sanding your pallet outdoors, you need to wear safety goggles and a mask or respirator.

Step-by-step Guide to Treating Pallet Wood for Indoor Use

Step #1

Know the original source of the pallet wood you are planning to use for your woodwork project and never take the pallets inside your home. This is true whether they are new or used pallets, and they have been likely reused by different industries all over the country.

While you might get it from a food-grade warehouse, you’ll never know if it was also used somewhere else and the patina is really more than weathering. Many wood pallets sat next to trash bins, growing mold, and mildew, and had rats and cockroaches pooping on them.

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Step #2

If ever you want to make a tabletop out of pallets, be sure to check the IPPC stamp to ensure it is safe to use and if you don’t, use it with extreme caution. Upon unloading the pallet from your truck or car, be sure to take time to wash and clean the pallets that you are planning to use indoors.

Pallets are good sources of E-coli bacteria and they are a well-known food contaminant for many years. Power-washing your pallets with a disinfectant cleaning solution is the best way to do it. This will wash away dirt and debris.

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Step #3

Allow the pallet boards to dry thoroughly. Once dried, disassemble the pallets if desired using a hammer, cat’s paw, and pry bar to take pallets apart without breaking them.

If ever a pry bar does not finish the job, you can use a nail punch or a drill to drive the nails out. Also, you can cut the exposed nails with the use of an oscillating tool.

If you want to use the planks only rather than the whole pallet, you need to disassemble the pallet.

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Step #4

Sanding the pallets is very important. Start by placing the planks or pallets between sawhorses. After which, rub the surface of the wood with the grain. Start with a coarse sandpaper and move up to a fine grade.

You need to sand the entire pallet to prevent causing splinter and for a smooth to the touch feel. Wear a respirator and safety goggles to avoid dust and dirt health problems.

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Step #5

Scrub the wood pallet with a soap solution. Combine 5 parts water to 1 part dish detergent in a bucket. You can also use a solution of 1 part detergent, 10 parts bleach, and 20 water, and use a scrub brush to rub all wood surfaces with the solution. Scrub all notches and grooves. Never combine bleach with any ammonia-containing products.

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Step #6

Rinsing the wood use a garden hose or a power washer ensures that all the solution are removed from the pallet wood. Clean the wood for the second time using the solution and scrub brush. Rinse the pallets for the last time, and leave them in the sun until completely dry.

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Conclusion

Pallets make good indoor wood projects. Now, you are more knowledgeable about treating a pallet wood for indoor use.

It is important to check the pallet for the appropriate markers to ensure they are safe to use, and even if you obtained the pallet from a seemingly food-grade establishment, you need to vigorously wash and clean it to ensure that no harmful chemicals or byproducts will cause health impacts in the long run.

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How To Replace Wood Siding

If you are faced with damaged wood siding, then this is not one of those tasks you can simply leave behind. The more you keep delaying the repair, the worse things can get. A single rainstorm can cause severe damage due to leaking water.

Nevertheless, the rotted or cracked wood siding will keep ruining the appearance of your house, even though beauty is only a secondary concern on that note.

But how to replace wood siding without breaking the surrounding clipboards?

The truth is, you just need to be very precise and know how to act like a pro. Cheers up because even a beginner can make it with the right set of friendly and professional advice. And that’s exactly what we have included in the step by step tutorial below.

What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial

  • Utility knife
  • Pry bar
  • Set square
  • Stainless steel ring-shank nails for sliding (7d or 8d work best but in some cases a 5d can also work fine)
  • Drill bit
  • Hammer
  • Saw (optional)
  • Nail gun (optional)

Pro Tips

1 – Use the old clapboard to size the replacement

As simple as this smart tip sounds, you can use the old clapboard as a template. Thus, you will save yourself much efforts and time for sizing the replacement. That’s a technique I learned from an old woodworking master, who was generous enough to share this invaluable hack with me.

2 – The fewer power tools, the better

The difficulty with patching old wood siding hides in the delicacy of this process. Too much vibration and you risk ending up replacing much more of the surrounding siding than the damage you were actually fighting to fix. Be patient and precise, and don’t rely on quick fixes with the help of power tools to get the job done.

3 – Determine the sheeting’s thickness accurately

The final stage of replacing the damaged wood siding is to nail the new one at a place. But for this purpose, you need to know the size of the nails you are about to use. A quick and easy tip for determining the thickness of a sheeting precisely is to poke a drill bit into the vertical seam. The seams inevitably land at a stud, so once you notice how far the drill bit goes, you will know the accurate sheeting’s thickness.

Step by Step Instructions for Replacing Wood Siding

Step 1 – Remove the wood siding with the help of a utility knife and a pry bar

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Once you identify the damaged wood siding, it’s time to get rid of it. You can use a utility knife or a saw to cut the damaged clapboard after marking the exact spots with the help of a set square. Be careful when cutting because you may accidentally cut the builder’s felt underneath. Thus, don’t rush or apply too much pressure. Instead, use the pry bar precisely to break the loose part of the siding.

Hammer the pry bar but aim for tapping gently. Instead of pushing it aggressively, pull the bar towards you. Doing so will prevent damaging the rest of the clapboards.

Step 2 – Replace the damaged wood siding with a new one

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You are half way through! All that’s left to do is to replace the damaged wood siding which you have just removed. Attach the new siding by using stainless steel ring-shank nails for siding. Other types of nails may work, too, but the nails for siding are best suited for this particular task.

After all, you want to get this job done accurately. For nailing the new wood siding, you can use a hammer or a nail gun. In any case, make sure you avoid putting too much pressure while nailing. Then again, the neighboring wood siding is delicate and easy to get damaged.

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How to Remove Paint from Wood Trim

Wood trims are decorative pieces of wood that are mostly attached to the upper and lower sections of walls and may also be used on cabinets, shelves, and windows. Wood trims add style and dimension to any room.

You can use wood trims for any home improvement or construction project. And when it comes to using trims, you need to learn how to paint trims to match adjoining wall, flooring or furniture. This guide will show you how.

Painting wood trim basics

The wood surface near a wood trim should be carefully considered when painting. The wood used to make trims is most likely different from wood used for constructing walls and floors of a room. This is why you need to carefully consider the following steps for painting wood trims.

You will need the following

  • Protective attire (goggles, respirator mask, and splinter-resistant gloves)
  • Drop cloth
  • Chemical paint stripper
  • Natural bristle paint brush
  • Contour scraper
  • Sandpaper or sanding block 80 to 120 grit
  • Rotary tool with sanding bit (optional)
  • Wood bleach (optional)
  • Soft rags
  • Track cloth

Instructions

Step #1

Wear your protective gear like goggles, respirator mask, and glove and then start preparing your workspace as well as the wood trim you will be working on.

Use a chemical-resistant tarp or drop cloth to cover the floor and any other large furniture pieces that cannot be moved out of the room. You can also use this to drape areas to avoid splashes and spills.

Improve ventilation further by opening a window. Use fans to remove toxic air that may accumulate inside the room. Cordon the room to prevent people from moving inside and disturbing your work.

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Step #2

Choose strippers which are low-VOC, which means these contain fewer volatile organic compounds which may emit toxic fumes therefore adequate ventilation is very important.

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Apply paint stripper to the trim using a natural-bristle paintbrush. Use natural brushes because plastic ones can melt when dipped in the stripper.

Step #3

Follow manufacturer’s instructions completely to be able to dissolve old paint for any surface. Not all paint strippers work the same way; some products soften paint quickly while some need hours of wait time and repeated applications to perform well.

Some paint strippers are in liquid form while some are in gel form. But no matter what type of stripper you’re using, make sure to apply it to all the creases and folds found a detailed trim using the tips of the brush.

Brush as much stripper as you have the time to scrape. If the stripper dries before you start to scrape it you need to reapply it.

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Let the solvent set for its required amount of time. When the allotted time is over, scrape away softened paint using a contour scraper. This tool will be able to scrape stripped paint even in hard to reach curves of wood trimming.

Step #4

The most updated contour scraper is a separate scraping device with swappable stainless steel blades with distinct scraping tips that will fit virtually every size curve and contour on wood trim.

If the trim you are working on has multiple layers of old paint, you have to apply and reapply the paint stripper and scrape each layer until you reach wood.

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Step #5

Use an 80-grit sandpaper or an 80-grit foam sanding block to sand off the wood you are working on. Always sand in the direction of the wood grain to prevent splinters due to cross-sanding marks. Switch to 120-grit sandpaper when the wood is no longer rough and the dried bits of old paint have been rubbed off.

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Most likely you will encounter trims with intricate wood patterns like flowers, rosettes or detailed ornaments that would be impossible to sand using a sanding block or sandpaper. For these, you can use a handheld rotary tool with a pointed sanding bit.

Work slowly but surely. Work with extremely light pressure and consider working in a well-lighted area until you are done.

Conclusion

To remove paint from wood trim, you need to carefully use paint stripper and sand the trim. Most wood trims are intricately designed but this is no reason to not remove paint. Special tools can help you sand and finish trims with hard to reach crevices and nooks as well.

How To Split Wood With A Wedge

Who says that splitting wood has to be a backbreaking task? Well, the truth is, it can be quite exhausting. However, that’s only if you don’t know the right tips and tricks!

Do you want to find out and experience the rewarding, easy way to split wood? Then it’s high time you learn how to split wood with a wedge.

You will need the right equipment which we are neatly listing below, as well as the best tiny hacks, which we are (fortunately) not selfish to keep to ourselves. Just read on and don’t forget to thank us later, OK?

Splitting wood has always been and will always remain, a fine art and a labor of love rather than some form of a twisted, wicked, bone-smashing, followed up with a couch-locked state of full-body fatigue gig.

What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial

  • Chopping block
  • Splitting Maul
  • Wedge (it’s best to have 2 wedges handy)

Pro Tips

1 – Use a 15-inch rubber auto tire to keep your logs handy

I bet you are familiar with the annoying feeling of reaching out to grab a log in the case you have missed splitting it right away; as well as getting frustrated over picking the wood sticks left behind.

Due to the great force applied in order to split wood, you are pretty much forced to keep bending over and over again. Doing so increases the pressure on your lower back and knees, doubles the chances of injury, and makes you lose time, energy, and temper.

Use a 15-inch auto tire to keep your logs handy by setting it on top of your chopping block. You can use any other auto tire, even if it doesn’t measure at 15-inches, as long as you find it suitable for you.

2 – Know when to stop

One of the trickiest things about splitting wood is that at some point, no matter the exhaustion, your mind starts playing tricks on you. You know you are tired but simultaneously, you want to get the job done.

So you keep going despite the fatigue, despite the lack of energy, and what’s worse – despite the increased chances of injury. Instead of being harsh on yourself, remember that practice makes perfect.

Then again, splitting wood is not about playing the angry HULK; it’s about precision. And you cannot possibly be precise when exhaustion takes place. Know when to stop and you will be able to finish much faster than in the case you keep working recklessly.

Step by Step Instructions for Splitting Wood With a Wedge

Step 1 – Prep yourself, as well as the work area

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Put on safety glasses and comfortable, sturdy boots to prevent injuries. Pick a chopping block which is wide enough to take up the pressure from chopping the wood effectively. Place an old rubber auto tire over the chopping block to tidy up your working place. That will help you to avoid unnecessary bending, as well as to minimize the waste of time while you are working with the chopped pieces of wood.

Step 2 – Find the weak spots of the wood

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The ideal strike should aim straight at the weak points of the wood, where it will be naturally prone to splitting. Examining and finding the weak spots before you hit with the maul will save you tons of efforts. Swing with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms fully extended for maximum precision.

If the wood refuses to give up after the first few hits, use a wedge to split it. Your goal is to drive the wedge down the crack, using the flat face of the maul (or a sledgehammer). If one wedge doesn’t do the trick, use the second wedge and drive it from the opposite side. That will create another splinter, and wood will be split successfully.

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How to Remove Oil Based Stain from Wood

Oil is applied on wood to preserve it. Oil helps seal the wood so that it can be protected from water damage. A few layers of oil on wood can preserve it for years, however; a large spill can leave an ugly mark or stain.

A spill is destructive and you need to get rid of this right away. This guide will help you out. This guide will also help you remove oil-based stain to prep wood in a more efficient manner.

Removing oil-based stain

Oil-based stains can be removed without affecting the natural beauty of wood. You have to be patient and follow the steps closely. In time, you will have your lovely wooden furniture back in tip-top shape.

You will need the following

  • Baking soda or sawdust
  • Thick brown paper
  • An iron
  • Dish liquid
  • Water
  • A bowl
  • A scrub brush
  • Mineral spirits

Instructions

Step #1

Start by using absorbent powder. Pour this on the stain or rub this on the oil-based stain to remove excess oil. The most common absorbent powders are baking soda or sawdust.

You may also place it over the stain until it is about ¼ – inch thick. Leave the powder on the stain overnight. In the morning, sweep or vacuum the powder. Inspect the stain.

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Step #2

If the stain remains, repeat the steps as many times as you need to completely remove the stain.

If the steps don’t remove the oil, place a layer of thick brown paper over the stain. You can use simple Kraft paper or a brown paper bag will suffice.

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Step #3

You may also use an iron to remove the oil. Place the iron on the lowest setting, then rub it slowly over the paper bag. There are some kinds of oils that will solidify in cool temperatures, and using an iron will liquefy this oil and allow the paper to soak the oil up.

The brown paper bag will soon become very saturated with oil. If this happens, replace this with another one and continue heating the area with the iron.

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Step #4

If you think that the paper has absorbed all it can use absorbent powder to remove the rest of the oil. If you see any stain remain and the steps do not seem to help, mix a small amount of dish liquid with water in a bowl and swish the mixture with your hand to create suds.

Use your hands to scoop the suds off the surface of the water. Place this on the surface that you want to treat and use a scrub brush to scrub the stain. Scrub this gently so won’t scratch the wood. After you are done washing wood, wipe the area with a dry cloth to remove the soap and oil residue.

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Step #5

After you have managed to remove the strain, wipe the entire area with a damp cloth. Pat this dry with a dry towel.

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Step #6

If the stain just won’t go away, wipe this with mineral spirits and then repeating steps 1-3 to extract the oil completely. Take note that using mineral spirits should be your last resort because this can dry wood and destroy the finish if you are not careful.

You can mix some mineral spirits with an absorbent powder like baking soda or sawdust to create a thick paste like toothpaste. Spread this over the stain and leave it for about an hour or so before wiping it completely.

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Remember not to soak the wood with water as you clean it. This may cause cracking and warping so be very careful. On the other hand, using mineral spirits can damage or remove the finish on your floor so don’t overdo this. Use this only as the last technique.

Conclusion

Tung oil is also known as penetrating oil, which means that it can be used on wood bring back its previous appearance. If you have used all the steps mentioned and still oil stains remain, use tung oil to darken the wood and evening out the appearance. This will hide the oil stain completely. Apply tung oil according to manufacturer’s instructions.

How To Use Wood Putty

Do you have dents, scratch, holes or damage in your precious walls and furniture? Then this is the right place. It is necessary to fix this kind of dilemma to restore the beauty of our furniture at home.

So what is the perfect kind of solution that we need?

The wood putty, this is a type of material that fixes the holes and unwanted damages in our wood properties.

In this tutorial, we are going to know how to use wood putty. This is just fast and easy. No need to put on a lot of hard work to make it work. This will be fun since our goal is to restore our things at home.

What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial

  • Furniture
  • Wood Putty
  • Putty knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Damp cloth

We don’t need to put on a lot of materials here. By seeing the needed things, you will eventually realize this is just quick and simple, no time for hassle.

Step By Step On How To Use Wood Putty

Step 1: Prep the surface before you fill in the wood putty

It is necessary to prep first so that all the unwanted dust will not obstruct upon procedure. Wipe out all the unwanted dust on the surface.

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Step 2: Mix the formula

You may use the spatula or just the putty knife to mix the filler and the hardener. Usually, formulas have different colors so make sure to blend it well. Get only the right amount, we don’t want to waste our ingredients. Remember, wood putty is faster to get hard in just a few minutes.

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Step 3: Apply the wood putty on to the affected area

Scrape, fille or glide the wood putty on to the affected areas. Make sure that you fill in the entire surface. We want the surface to be even and smooth.

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Step 4: Use bare fingers to press the wood putty

Using our bare hands, we are now going to press the wood putty to make the filler fill in entirely especially for holes. You can just wipe the smudges on your fingers with a wet cloth. Let it dry for about 30 minutes.

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Step 5: Sand off the excess of the wood putty

Using our sander, we want our surface to be smooth and even. Patiently sand off the surface until you achieve a total plat surface. Then dust off the all the granules around the area.

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And there we have it, a total solution with a couple of simple motion. This is all we need to get rid of the uncertainties of our unwanted cracks and holes at home.

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