How to Finish Wood – scrap wood projects

Ask anyone who has built anything and they will tell you that a good set of plans was critical to having a successful project. They will also tell you that you usually get what you pay for, so keep this in mind when choosing the path for acquiring your wood storage shed plans.

What’s the Problem?

1. First thing you are going to need for material is:

Sometimes a wood screw can end up forcing apart the two board surfaces you are trying to join. What’s worse, you might not even notice the problem till you have moved on to another part of the project. Don’t blame the wood screw, though. The problem usually starts with the wood, not the hardware.

Budget and Materials

As a general rule, a pilot hole should be the same diameter as the root of the screw (the center core just below the threads). This allows the bulk of a screw to enter a board without splitting the grain, yet still allow the threads to do their work of pulling two boards together to form a joint. The most common mistake people make in drilling pilot holes is to make the hole too small, believing that the more snug the wood screw, the stronger the joint.

It’s quite simple and I will be very blunt about it… Lots of screws, and a bunch of glue. This seems like an unorthodox way of reviving old lumber but it is really the only way.

This is an easy mistake to make with soft wood like pine. Even with the right size pilot hole, it’s still possible to make a mess of your project by sending a wood screw so far into the board that it breaks through the other side.

Now we know the difference between varnish and sealer it makes a little bit more sense as to the finish we should apply to a particular project. Sealers are perfect for any surface whilst varnish is better for indoor surfaces where there is little chance of high humidity or moisture. For example in a bathroom, laundry or kitchen.

Old lumber is how I create my masterpieces and this is something you could do as well if it is something that interests you.