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Top 5 Easiest Woodworking Projects to Take on During Lockdown

It’s been months and months of waiting for the lockdown to end and life to be normal once again. The stress of not being able to do things like we normally do, not to mention the monotony of living in the same space and doing the same thing over and over can be exhausting, to say the least. Well, do not be disheartened! All is not lost. The silver lining on this big COVID-19 cloud is that you’ve got plenty of time in your hands!

You’ve got time to reconnect with family, feed your dog, play some games, relax, sleep, and best of all, take on small DIY projects! Trying out new projects not only means that you enjoy learning something new, but it also means that you get to improve your living space. Moreover, small projects could quickly turn into wealth when commercialized. That said, we’re going to look at easy woodworking projects to take on during lockdown times.

For most of this, simple wood workshop tools will be needed. Some of these include sheets of plywood/project panels, timber, circular saw, clamps, PVA glue, pocket screws, brad nails and a nailer, varnish, paint, sandpaper, and others, depending on the particular project you decide to take on. Nevertheless, the said basic tools will complete almost all projects successfully. Here are the top 5 easiest woodworking projects to take on during lockdown:

Cutting Board or Serving Tray

As long as you have a wooden slab or hardwood board, making a DIY cutting board or wooden serving tray is only a few seconds away. For this, you will need the raw material, which is the wood, along with a circular saw to shape the board and tray as you’d like. After cutting the hardwood board, use sandpaper to make the surface smooth. From here, use a paintbrush for varnish to make the piece gorgeous, and on top of it, finish with a food-safe finish.

Handmade wooden cutting board
Gorgeous Cutting board

Whether you want to make a regular meat and vegetable chopping board, cheeseboard, or a thanksgiving serving tray for dinner, with these supplies you are good to go! It is one of the easiest if not the easiest DIY woodwork project of them all. What’s more, is that your kitchen gets to look authentic with the natural feel of wooden kitchenware.

Side Table

Nothing will leave you as fulfilled as making your own furniture will. This is especially the case when you make something you intended to buy from a store, thereby saving and making a higher quality item, that fits your own specifications perfectly. That said, creating a custom side table for your bedroom or living room will be gratifying. It will add a rustic feel to your space, and complement your decor, especially if you choose to keep it simple. Simply cut out a wooden slab and use hairpin legs, painted in any color to complement your living space.

 Wood Side table

Wooden Dresser

You might think that making a dresser is too complex, but after you try making one you’ll realize that it’s actually one of the easiest pieces of furniture to make. As per the desired size, take your measurements then prepare all pieces of lumber and plywood. With screws amongst other tools and an intricate process, your plain white stylish, or rainbow-colored dresser is only a few hours away!

Wall Art

Not everything has to be functional. Sure, having a table, dresser, serving tray, and many other practical pieces would be great, but some pieces are best just to look at. You can make wood signs that say ‘HOME’, or, ‘LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH’, and many other common mantras to live by. You could also paint different pieces of wood and just stick them together. For this, you’ll need a few screws, tape, sandpaper, acrylic paint, a paintbrush, wood stain, wood boards, white paint, transfer paper, and a template.

Storage Cabinet

Consider this a dresser, without the drawers. It is an easy piece to make to store your magazines, decor, and many other items. From a single sheet of plywood, you can make 18 files which is amazing!

Wind Up

The COVID-19 lockdown may be tough for many but with these DIY projects, you can always find something new and cool to craft to pass time, and make your home better!

Wood Finishes Can Make Your Woodworking Project Stand Out

Woodworking projects are undertaken to use your skills to create something useful or attractive that can add to the comfort of your home. But completing the basic woodwork does not really complete a project as you will be required to apply some sort of finish on it, unless you prefer to leave it raw.

Wood is a porous material and this is one of the reasons why it needs to be given some sort of protection. The applied finish should be able to prevent the wood soaking in whatever gets on to its surface. The finish helps to seal the wood and keep out all these pollutants.

Every wood has a grain and some of it can be quite eye-catching and vibrant. Finishes, especially stains, can highlight this grain and make your wood stand out. Stains alone will not provide protection and may need some other clear coats to be applied as finishes. Stains can add color to the wood and add warmth to the wood.

Paint is a form of finish on wood that can give it all the needed protection. But it will cover the grain and is thus a finish that is better applied over woodworking projects that are made of plywood or other artificial wood. Thin paint coverage or paint that is semi-transparent will still let the grain to be seen, though this effect may be highly muted.

Wood paint DIY

Clearcoat finishes are the right ones to use for wood that is heavily grained and where you do need to show it off to stress the workmanship as well. Wax is one finish that is very easy to apply and can be simply rubbed on and then buffed so that it gives the wood a sheen. All wood that requires to be finished must be sanded to a proper smoothness that further brings out its grain. This is one aspect of finishing that must be given a lot of importance as it will add to the effectiveness of the finish. It is this preparatory work that demands more care and effort and greatly increases the time required for the application of finishes to the wood. Wax is often applied even over other finishes like shellac or polish. You can also add a finish to your woodworking projects by applying oil over them after preparing the surface as needed for waxing. You can use linseed oil, tung oil, and mineral oil. The oil has to be heavily applied until it is absorbed in the wood. Wiping it down will give it a dull sheen. Oils do not provide a shiny surface and can remain sticky after application, so it is best, not applied to woodworking projects that you will need to handle daily. It is a finish that can be given a recoating after a few years.

Shellac, or polish as we know it more familiarly, is a finish that is an age old finish that has been used on wooden surfaces. It gives warmth to wood but is not good for protection from moisture. It is customary to add a coat of wax over these polished surfaces to give the wood an added protection. The varnish is another finish that is similar to shellac or lacquer and can be sprayed on. It is durable, will withstand moisture, and is even used in applications on wooden boats. Lacquer is a durable coating on wood that does not need to be recoated. It dries quickly. Polyrurethane is another finsh used on wood that gives a durable finish. It can be gloss or matte finished.

Most wood finishes can be wiped on, brushed on, or sprayed on and must be applied evenly for a good and lasting finish.

The Common Types of Wood Every Designer Needs to Know About

Trees have been an integral part of civilization development. Varying types of wood have been used throughout history since the early Paleolithic times to manufacture tools, furniture, weapons, and of course, erect buildings. Since early human civilization, the use of wood has depended on availability, quality, and cost.

Wood is second to stone in regard to its application in the construction world. It’s widely preferred when it comes to building shelters, houses, and boats. Its chemical properties are complex, but regardless, we have successfully harnessed its distinct features to build an array of composite structures.

In this read, we are going to take a closer look at the common types of wood every designer should know about.

  1. Teakwood

Teakwood is one of the widely used hardwoods. It’s yellow to dark brown and extremely strong, durable, heavy, warp-resistant, weather-resistant and doesn’t rot. It contains natural oils that make the wood pest-resistant and does not burn easily. Compared to other types of wood, teak is quite expensive, but it’s one of the most preferred for furniture.

Uses:

Teakwood is commonly used to build framed houses, windows, doors, and partitions. It is also great for outdoor furniture like lounge chairs and garden benches. It’s also used to produce veneer.

  1. Mahogany

Also referred to as Honduras, mahogany is a reddish-brown, strong wood with a uniform pore structure. It is a great carving wood and finishes. It handles stain extremely well, rending an excellent finish to furniture pieces. One of the best things about mahogany is that it does not swell, shrink or warp. It can also be used underwater.

Uses:
Honduras is commonly used to build dining table sets, nested tables, fashion cabinets, etc. It’s also used to build window frames, veneers, window frames, and even boats.

  1. Cedar Wood

This is a knotty softwood with a red-brown color and light lines. It is a softwood, but not as soft as its counterparts. It’s aromatic in nature and has a uniform texture. Like teakwood, cedarwood is highly resistant to insects and decay.

Uses:

Cedarwood is one of the popular materials for lining drawers, boxes, and chests. Storage closets and simple cases are also made from cedar.

  1. Oak Wood

This is another popular type of hardwood. Oakwood is usually distinguished into red and white varieties. The red type is also called black oak and has a distinct finish and grain in addition to its heavy and robust properties. Oakwood is also resistant to fungus, moisture and yeast.

Uses:

Oakwood is a great pick for office and household furniture, such as cabinets and bookshelves. Also, it’s widely preferred for outdoor furniture. It’s widely used in the ship and boat construction industry due to its moisture-resistant feature. Nowadays, interior designers are using oak for flooring, veneer production, and wood-framed structures.

  1. Pine Wood

This is a soft, light yellow or white wood that’s straight-grained and light in weight. Pinewood is resistant to swelling, warping and shrinking, but it is easy to stain and shape. It grows in most parts of the Nothern Hemisphere, and its biggest flaw is that it decays easily when it comes into contact with soil.

Uses:

Pinewood is used to make all sorts of outdoor and indoor furniture pieces. It’s also used to make widow and door frames, paving materials and flooring. Knotty pine is usually used for decoration purposes, and it’s also a source of turpentine.

Conclusion

This is not a comprehensive list of the common woods out there, but it covers the most important when in the construction and design industry. If you are a designer, it’s important to do your homework and learn about every type of wood used in construction out there.

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