20 Places to find FREE Pallets

Where the heck can I get some free pallets?

The new craze hitting up your home that has taken you centuries to come up with. Looking for a unique look rather than copying that annoying neighbor of yours? The answer just may be finding yourself some free pallets. But where can I get some free pallets you ask?

You may think that finding free pallets is difficult. Many stores such as Walmart, Home Depot or your local paint store may be the answer.

In this article I will list some of the various places that I as well as others have hit the pallet goldmine of free pallets.

Why use pallets?

Suddenly everyone is updating their home décor, even those that lack any artistic sense now want something unique. Pallets are easy to work with and are versatile.

 

Although pallets are all pretty similar there stores can be very different. Some aged to perfection by sitting in a dusty warehouse for years while others that may have toughed it outside. 

 

Both get that wood a unique weathered look and smell. Different patterns or grains pop after you give that board a little TLC.  

 

You can tackle pallet projects at a very affordable price or even FREE. We all love the word FREE!

 

Their popularity has since grown due to the FREE price tag and unique character they can add. Pallet projects are also a favorite amongst the avid weekend warriors.

Picking the perfect pallets

Believe it or not, all pallets are not created equal. Most pallets that are made these days have switched to using softwoods like pine. Back in the day when hardwood was abundant pallets were solid. 

 

Regardless of what type of wood the pallet is make sure it has the character that you’re looking for. Some pallets are rough cut which have cool saw markings while some use a smooth board. 

 

I think if you are going to build something from free pallets you will want as much character as possible. Just stay clear of wood that is already rotten and falling apart. 

 

Also an important fact to consider is where your project will be used (indoors or outdoors)

 

Pallets that were heat treated would be a better choice for projects that will end up indoors. Some pallets are also chemically treated. This type would be a better choice for outdoor projects.

Where can I get some free pallets?

So now that you are now the “King of DIY pallet projects” you’ll have a crowd to impress at your next superbowl party. 

It’s your chance to showcase your talent and put your friends to shame who know you for your flat sense of creativity. So it’s time to start finding some FREE PALLETS!

1. People you know

Family, friends and neighbors may just have what you’re looking for or know where some free pallets are.

2. Big box stores

Home Depot or Lowes don’t just sell wood but can be a great source for Free Pallets.  They may be slightly damaged but great for a pallet project

3. Paint stores

Buckets of paint are shipped on pallets… go figure.

4. Storage units

Storage units may have a community dumpster that may be overflowing with free pallets

5. Fencing Companies

Fencing companies may not have pallets but surely they have tons of old fencing that they have removed from a recent clients house to replace.  Save it from the dump!

6. Feed stores

Live around a feed store?  They have tons of stuff that is received on pallets

7. Craft stores

8. Grocery stores

9. Carpet stores

10. Construction sites

You will surely find Free pallets at a construction site.  Play it safe and go while they are working. You may come out with more free wood than you expected.

11. Social Media

Search Facebook Marketplace, you can find just about anything there

12. Online

Don’t forget to check Craigslist.

13. Garden stores

14. SOD companies

15. Take a Sunday drive

Get out and drive around.  I always see stacks of pallets sitting out in front of companies or houses.

16. Trash day

One mans trash is another mans treasure!

17. Shipping companies

18. At work

You have the inside advantage here!

19. At a shipyard

20. Any Dumpster

Don’t be afraid to dive on in…. Not the case.  Typically people just sit pallets beside dumpsters just because they are to hard to put them in.

Needless to say there are tons of places that you can get your hands on some free pallets.  You may be surprised what you can create with a few free pallets.

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What is Minwax Polycrylic

What is Minwax Polycrylic

When painting a wooden bench, you should ensure that you use an appropriate finish to prevent premature wood damage. Understanding the difference between chemical wood finishes, such as Polyurethane and polycrylic, will help you make prudent decisions. 

That said, Minwax polycrylic is a clear and fast-drying water-based proactive wood finish commonly used on wood surfaces of doors, cabinets, trim, furniture, and paneling. 

Minwax polycrylic can be applied over bare wood or surfaces with oil-based and water-based coatings. The coating protects and enhances the beauty of interior wood surfaces, keeping colors vibrant, and intact much longer than without a clear coat.

polycrylic vs polyurethane

Polycrylic vs. Polyurethane?

Polycrylic and Polyurethane are both chemical wood coatings with similar functionality. Despite the seemingly similar naming, these coatings are not the same and have varying applications.

Polyurethane….

To begin, Polyurethane is a viable polycrylic alternative to most woodworkers looking to give their wood pieces a shiny look. Polyurethane is liquid-based and dries on wood and oil surfaces. It also comes in different finishes, including satin for a smooth finish and glossy for a shiny appearance. 

Polycrylic ….

On the other hand, polycrylic sprays are water-based solutions that can be used on water and oil surfaces as well. It is available in various sheens, including gloss, semi-gloss, and stain, which add subtle appearance to your piece. Polycrylic finish is comparably less toxic than Polyurethane, but not heat resistant. 

That said, before choosing between polycrylic and polyurethane finish, always think about what you need from the painting project. For instance, if the wooden piece will be exposed to high temperatures and water, the polyurethane finish is more effective than polycrylic. 

On the other hand, if you want to apply a sealer, consider polycrylic paint over Polyurethane, which typically causes a yellow color tint. 

What Finishes Does Minwax Polycrylic Come In?

Minwax polycrylic is available in four sheens. They include;

  1. Matte
  2. Satin
  3. Semi-gloss
  4. Gloss
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Can Polycrylic be Sprayed?

Minwax polycrylic can be applied in two ways. Woodworkers can choose between using the aerosol polycrylic spray or applying it with a brush. 

For both cases, ensure that you prepare the surface adequately. Among the preparation measures include repairing dents and cracks and cleaning the surface. 

Using the polycrylic spray is easy and straightforward. It is recommended that you hold the spray at approximately 1 foot away from the woodworking piece and apply an even layer by ensuring that you regulate airflow in the room. 

You should as well put on protective equipment to avoid risks associated with inhaling the spray. 

On the other hand, applying polycrylic with a brush may be a better fit for some large projects. Similarly, repair and clean the workpiece before applying. Use a high-quality synthetic brush, ensuring that you avoid leaving streaks and brush marks. 

To avoid leaving brush marks, use high quality and fine bristle brush and apply the polycrylic in one direction, always in the direction of the wood grain. Also, don’t apply excessive pressure on the brush to make a thin layer.

How Many Coats of Polycrylic are Recommended?

As mentioned, regardless of your method of application, ensure that you apply thin layers of polycrylic at all times. 

Manufacturers recommend that you apply 2 – 3 coats of polycrylic over each other rather than applying one thick layer at once. Users of polycrylic finish also recommend up to three coats with a light sanding between the coats. 

Sanding is essential to remove the fine dust particles that settle on the finish as it dries. It also helps in abrading the surface, improving the overall intercoat adhesion. 

Can You Use Polycrylic Over Paint?

Yes. Polycrylic coats can be applied over latex, oil-based paints, and well-bonded coverings.

However, since it might result in slight ambering, beginning with a spot test on an inconspicuous woodworking surface and allowing enough time to dry is essential.

If there is no ambering, you can proceed to use polycrylic over your initial paint.

Will Minwax Polycrylic Turn Paint Yellow?

Those who have used polycrylic attest that polycrylic does not change the color of the paint. However, it does tend to turn yellow over white paint.

What is Polycrylic Dry Time?

Applying polycrylic and allowing it to cure requires some knowledge. So to say, polycrylic is fast drying and dries faster than most finishes or varnishes. However, this doesn’t mean that it dries or cures instantly. 

Polycrylic drying time depends on the number of layers. The coating will dry to touch within 30 minutes and can be handled 1 hour after application. 

If you have to recoat, you can apply the second coat 2 hours after applying the first coat. You should repeat the same for the third coat as well. 

After the third coat, your woodworking piece will take 24 hours before curing fully. Therefore, depending on how much coating you apply, polycrylic takes roughly 24 hours to dry.

Is Polycrylic Food Safe Surfaces?

Generally put, all wood finishes are food-safe, only if they have cured. Polycrylic does not present any known hazard but is not safe until fully cured. 

As a rule of thumb, complete curing is achieved by a wood piece after 30 days at room temperature. However, issues with food safety arise due to the metallic driers included in the varnishes and oils to speed the drying process. 

Initially, most manufacturers used lead as a drying agent but it has been banned. Regardless, there is no evidence stating that modern driers used in coatings are safe. Besides, no cases of poisoning from polycrylic finishes have ever been reported. 

The FDA also approves the use of these driers in wood coating with no warnings on cans and safety data sheets.

The Bottom Line

Any woodworking piece is incomplete without a durable coat or finish. For many DIYers and avid woodworkers, the challenge is in choosing what to use. In most cases, you will have to choose between polycrylic and Polyurethane. 

These coatings are essential when it comes to finishing your woodworking pieces, as they ensure the durable finish that you want. However, you should only pick one. The best way to make a good choice is by understanding each, their best uses, and more.

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I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.

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Gel Stain.. What is it?

What is Gel Stain

Gel Stains are specially formulated with a combination of oils, pigments, and urethanes to give a durable and deep finish. The Gel Stain lies on the surface therefore it does not soak into the wood. Gel Stains color both porous and nonporous surfaces uniformly. 

These stains are suitable for applying vertical surfaces. The Gel Stains neither run nor splatter. This article will focus on the differences between Gel Stains and regular stain, Minwax Gel Stain available colors, and how to apply Gel Stain to finished wood. 

Additionally, it will focus on how to apply Gel Stain to unfinished wood, can one use Gel Stain over paint and how to use Gel Stain on a garage door.

Gel stain vs. regular stain

Gel Stain vs Regular Stain

When updating the look of wood furniture, one can choose either Gel stain or regular stain.  Staining wood is an activity that requires patience because it is time-consuming, but when you choose the right stain, it becomes much more manageable. There are distinct differences between gel stains and regular stains.

Gel stains are usually oil based. They have high viscosity and thick consistency. The thickness makes it not run or splatter, making the surface you are working on clean. Gel stains are great for vertical surfaces. They cover both the porous and nonporous surfaces evenly. The gel stains dry very fast, keeping the project you are working on moving.

The regular stains come in both oil or water-based. The regular stains penetrate the wood as you apply it. Due to their water-based element, they smoothly flow on the surface; hence if one is not careful, they can be messy to work with. The regular stains are easy to work with. They are also long-lasting. The regular stains are  available in a variety of colors.

If you’re getting ready to stain your next project be sure to check out my article “Complete Staining Guide for Beginners”.  It will give you some helpful tips for starting out on the right track.

Minwax Gel Stain colors

The Minwax Gel stain is available in 8 distinct colors that will give your surface that desired look. The available colors are chestnut, aged oak, antique maple, mahogany. Walnut, cherrywood, and Brazilian rosewood.

Minwax Gel Stain Color Chart

Chestnut: The chestnut is suitable for several surfaces like plywood, fine wood, veneer, metal, fiberglass, and fibreboard. This product leaves your surface looking beautiful.

 

Aged Oak: The aged oak gives a uniform look to both wooden and non-wooden surfaces. It is suitable for woodwork, cabinets, fiberglass, metal, and other surfaces. The aged oak color gives a fascinating look that goes beyond wood. 

 

Antique Maple: The antique maple gives a uniform color to surfaces making the final results to be very appealing. The color is suitable on a number of surfaces like wood, fiberglass, veneer, and metal. It is ideal for vertical surfaces.

 

Mahogany: It is designed to give you full control of the staining process to provide appealing results. It is also ideal for both wooden and non-wooden surfaces. It is easy to use on vertical surfaces. It leaves the surfaces with a uniform color.

 

Walnut: Designed to use on both non-wooden and wooden surfaces. It gives surfaces a uniform and beautiful look. It is ideal to use it on vertical surfaces. This color gives a natural look to the surfaces with its unique look.  

 

Cherrywood: the cherrywood color is specially formulated to give your surfaces a special. The color provides a natural look that is appealing to the eyes. The color is suitable for both wooden and non-wooden surfaces.

 

Brazilian rosewood: the dark color of this gel stain gives a natural feel to surfaces. It is suitable for both non-wooden and wooden surfaces. The color is ideal for both household and commercial surfaces.

How to apply Gel Stain to finished wood?

Applying a gel stain to finished wood is an excellent way of giving it a unique look. The process of applying gel stain on sanded wood is not a complex one. The following are steps to follow in applying gel stain to finished wood.

  1. Identify areas that may require sanding and use fine-grit sandpaper to smooth the areas.
  2. When you are sure that all areas are smooth to your requirements, vacuum as much dust as possible.
  3. Using a tack cloth wipe the entire surface that requires staining to remove excess dust.
  4. Using a rag or brush, apply a generous amount of gel stain to the surface being stained following the natural direction of the wood grain.
  5. After a few minutes, using a clean cloth wipe off the excess gel and this gives an even tone to the wood
  6. Leave it for a considerable amount of time for it to dry.

How to apply Gel Stain to unfinished wood?

Gel stains can also be applied to unfinished wood. Below are the steps to follow when applying gel stain to unfinished wood.

  1. Prepare the unfinished wood that needs to be worked on.
  2. Clean the surface that requires staining using a vacuum cleaner and a cloth.
  3. Using a brush or a cloth spread a good amount of stain gel to the wood surface following the direction of the wood grain.
  4. Using a clean cloth wipe off excess gel stain after some time of applying it.
  5. Give the gel stain some time to dry off before applying a second layer.
  6. After you are satisfied with the results, please leave it to dry completely for about 24-48 hours

Can you apply Gel Stain over paint?

YES YOU CAN!!!

There are times when one wants to renovate painted surfaces and give it a different look. Applying gel stain to a previously painted surface gives it a new look and feel. 

Gel stains contain urethane that allows it to be used on painted surfaces. It is NOT necessary to strip off the paint on a painted surface before staining it. Gel stains can stick to the paint on various objects without the risk of chipping off over time.

 

Before applying the gel stain over a painted surface, it is very vital to clean the surface with a cloth. Also, it is good to peel off chipped paint to ensure that when the gel stain is applied, the surface will be smooth and even. 

It is also advisable to spread a thick coat of the gel stain to completely seal the paint underneath.

How to use Gel Stain on a garage door?

A coat of gel stain can give your garage door a new look. Applying a gel stain is one of the cheapest (around $20) and easiest ways of giving your garage door a fascinating new look. 

The process of applying gel stain on the garage door is easy and is not time-consuming. The following is a step by step process on how to use a gel stain on a garage door.

Here is a cool little video I found on Youtube!

  1. Using sandpaper, remove any glazed paint or rust spots on the garage door if there are any.
  2. Using soap and a pressure washer remove all the dust and dirt from the door.
  3. Leave the door for a while to dry completely
  4. Apply a small amount of gel stain on a single spot of the garage door and leave it to dry completely. This step will help decide if the chosen color is the one you want on the garage door.
  5. Spread a drop cloth, sheet, or trap to protect the drive away from any gel stain that might fall to the ground.
  6. Once satisfied with the results of the spot you applied a little gel stain, it is time to continue with the staining process. Add the gel the stain to a paint tray and begin staining. When brushing, it is essential to try and follow the direction of the garage door pattern.
  7. Once the staining process is complete, leave the garage door untouched for about 48 hours to permit the gel stain to dry completely.
  8. For most garage doors, one coat is enough; however, if you need to apply a second wait until the first coat is completely dried up.

The Gel Stain Wrap-up!

To wrap up the mystery, the main difference between Gel Stains and a regular Oil based stain is the way they sit on the surface.  Gel Stains sit mainly on the top of the surface while Regular stain seeps into the wood.  

Give Gel Stains a try on your next project.  You may be surprised what you can do.

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This site is owned and operated by Home Built Woodworking. Home Built Woodworking is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Home Built Woodworking also participates in affiliate programs with Clickbank and other sites. Home Built Woodworking is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.

Complete Staining Guide for beginners

Staining wood for beginners

Are you getting ready to stain your wood project and have some questions?  In this blog post I have scoured the internet searching for the most common questions people have when tackling a staining project. 

Most of the questions I can answer from personal experience but there are a few that even me “The Professional” had to look up. 

Staining unfinished wood

Applying stain to an unfinished piece of wood is one of the more common applications people run into. This whole process can be so satisfying as you watch the plain wood quickly transform. 

When staining unfinished wood always properly prepare the surface prior to applying the stain. The quick skinny on prep is to always sand, condition and evenly apply stain to the surface. I will get into more specifics later in this article.

Applying wood stain with a rag

This is my preferred method for applying stain. When using a rag to apply stain I personally feel that I have much better control than with a brush. As the say in Karate Kid “Wax on Wax off”. Using a 2 rag technique you can apply with one rag and wipe with the other. 

Using a rag rather than a brush to apply also makes for a more hand finished piece.  I recommend using simple cotton painters rags as they will hold stain well.  

I also recycle my old white t-shirts using them as rags too!  I tend to only use white t-shirts as there is always a possibility of colored t-shirts bleeding while using oil based stains or mineral spirits.

What happens if you don’t wipe off wood stain?

Although the application process is quite quick never let stain set or puddle on an unfinished piece of wood. The longer the stain sits on a piece of wood the more it soaks into the wood. 

What the worst thing that will happen? It can become a nightmare to blend areas that soaked more than others. 

There are times that I would recommend leaving stain sit longer on the wood.  If there are areas that the stain does not soak in, you can try leaving a dab of stain to soak for a bit. I often use this technique to touch up spots.

How long do you let stain dry between coats

Working with stain is much different than working with paint.  There are manufacturer recommendations from 30 minutes to a mind blowing 2 hours.  I follow none of these time frames. I simply rub the surface with the tip of my finger.  If my finger get covered in stain I may wait a little longer.

Regardless, You will not hurt the finish if you don’t wait.  You will just need to work the stain into the material a little differently.

How many coats of stain on pine

The coats of stain needed for pine will be determined on your personal preference of color.  An important fact to keep in mind is that pine is a soft wood. Stains will penetrate soft woods much faster than hard woods.

Starting with one even coat of stain on pine will surely tell the tale. I typically only plan on one coat of stain on pine on going back to touch up areas with a second.

Why is my stain spotty 

Have you stained a sanded or unfinished piece of wood only to end up with a spotty or blotchy finish?  There may be a few areas of the prep that you will want to revisit. If you’re staining a pine board just understand that pine is a soft wood which absorbs stains like crazy.

Sand finished wood done to bare material

If your piece was stained before you will want to make sure that you sanded all the prior finishes off down to bare wood before applying a new stain. If you’re starting with an unfinished wood make sure to sand as well.  Using a fine grit sandpaper (220+) will help in achieving an even coat with minimal spots.

Was the piece stained prior?

If you are trying to stain a cabinet or piece of furniture that was stained prior you may be able to eliminate some of the prep work.  Have you considered using a Gel Stain? Gel Stain is a colored varnish that can be applied over pre-existing finishes. You may prefer using Gel Stains over traditional oil stains if your a beginner.

Wood not taking stain evenly

Wood conditioner?

There are also conditioning products on the market that can be used on bare wood prior to staining.  These products are to be applied prior to staining and help to achieve an even or more consistent coat of stain.  I personally do not use conditioners but always keep this knowledge in my pocket just in case.  

What is gel stain

Despite the name “gel stain” it is not really stain. It is actually a colored varnish in a gel form. Gel stains do not absorb into the material they sit on the surface while allowing some of the wood grains to shine. 

Gel stains have a purpose for sure. They make a great choice if you’re refinishing a cabinet or piece of furniture. You will save tons of time eliminating a complete sanding. Gel stains are also easier to get that even coat you’re trying to achieve. 

If you haven’t tried a Gel Stain I would definitely consider picking some up and trying them out. You may be surprised. 

Do I need varnish or clear coat after staining?

Adding a varnish or clear coat is completely up to you.  The traditional oil stain soaks into the wood. Adding a clear coat or varnish will help protect the original stain color and wood allowing it to last much longer. 

For surfaces that get a lot of wear & tear I would definitely recommend adding a protective coat. If you have a stained table top the clear coat will protect the wood from spills. 

How long to let stain dry before polyurethane

Unlike the wait time between coats of stain, polyurethane is different. Always follow the recommended dry time before applying a polyurethane. 

If the proper dry time is not met you can end up with a cracked clear coat as time goes on. 

How to get a glass like finish on wood

Whether you’re looking for a glass like finish or just a really smooth finish on your project it just takes time and effort.

To get that really smooth finish on your steam project requires lots of sanding. Most of the sanding can be done in the prep stages prior to staining your piece. 

After your piece is stained I like to start with 220-320 grit sandpaper on an orbital sander.  You will want to get your steam surface as smooth as possible prior to applying any clearcoat or polyurethane.

After the stain surface is sanded smooth you will need to apply your choice of polyurethane, varnish or shellac. There are different advantages in disadvantages to each one of these products. One example is the potential of color change. Shellac has been known to add a yellow tint to the finished stain color.  Oil based clearcoat will hold up much longer in high traffic areas than water-based.

After choosing your clearcoat it is a simple process of applying clear coat and sanding.  We typically end our sanding with a 1200 grit sandpaper to achieve a really smooth surface.

If you want the wood surface to appear more glass like you will most likely be looking for a 2 part epoxy.  This type of finish is often found on bar tops as it will withstand all sorts of abuse.

Well I hope this article has helped you with any of your staining questions.  Happy Staining!

How much paint do I need for a 2000 sq. ft. house?

How much does a gallon of paint cover?

 Have you ever been at the paint store wondering just how many gallons of paint you need?  With some quick math we can save you some extra trips to the store so you won’t waste any extra time.    

The average gallon of paint covers roughly 300 – 400 square foot of wall space.  

Room Sizes with Sq Ft
Room Size Chart w/ Sq. Ft

How much paint do I need for one wall?

Knowing that not all walls are created equal we will assume we have  a wall size of roughly 10 ft in length by 8 ft in height. To figure out the square footage of a wall you take the length times height (10×8=80) which in our case  comes out to about 80 square feet.

You would need about a ¼  to ⅓ of a gallon of paint for 1 coat of paint on a 10’ L  x 8’ H wall.

How much paint do I need to paint a 10 x 10 room?

Using the same calculations we can determine how much paint you need for any size room. In a 10ft by 10ft room with 8 foot ceilings you have roughly 320 square feet of wall space. 

You  need roughly (1) gallon of paint for a 10’ x 10’ room.   

The coverage will depend on your wall condition and how many coats of paint are needed for good coverage.

How much paint do I need to paint a 2000 square foot house?

First you will need to decide if you are painting both the walls & ceiling. Also will you be painting inside your closets?

Painting just the ceiling?

In a 2000 sq ft home we can assume that the ceiling are close to 2000 sq ft. To paint your ceilings you will need roughly 5 gallons of paint. 

Ceilings are typically painted in a white flat paint. If you have a textured ceiling you may more paint for good coverage.  Typically flat paint covers imperfections more than other finishes.

How much paint will I need to paint the walls?

 Based on some average room sizes, hallways and closets I am ballparking that you will need roughly 10 gallons of paint for a 200 sq. ft. house. 

All homes are not the same so first you will need to measure all the rooms in your home to figure out exactly how much paint you need for your home.

Hopefully this information has been helpful.  Happy painting & may your day be filled with happy trees!

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MY STORY

I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.

LEGAL INFORMATION

This site is owned and operated by Home Built Woodworking. Home Built Woodworking is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Home Built Woodworking also participates in affiliate programs with Clickbank and other sites. Home Built Woodworking is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.

Best water-based paint for Kitchen Cabinets

What paint should I use to paint kitchen cabinets?

Have you been thinking about taking on the task of repainting your kitchen cabinets?  Today there are so many different types of paint on the market that it can be confusing.  I have been building and painting cabinets for a few years know and have come to my favorite Paint choice.

ProClassic Interior Waterbased Acrylic – Alkyd  by Sherman Williams is currently my favorite paint for repainting kitchen cabinets. ProClassic is available in an alkyd formula for use in non-restricted areas. In one formula, it offers the best of all worlds: the application and finish of the alkyd, the non-yellowing properties of an acrylic, and it’s sure to help you get the job done faster. 

Pro Classic

How to prepare kitchen cabinets for paint.

DO NOT skip the prep work!  I have used many different types of paint, regardless of claims always properly prepare cabinets.

  • Start by removing all doors & hardware.  
  • When your not using a paint sprayer it is much easier to paint kitchen cabinet doors while laying flat.  
  • Take the time to tape off the areas in the cabinet frames or against the walls where you don’t want paint.
  • Wipe down all surfaces with Denatured alcohol or a Mineral Spirit.  
  • Lightly sand all surfaces starting with 80 grit and ending with a 220 grit.  
  • Wipe down all surfaces with Denatured alcohol or a Mineral Spirit for a final cleaning.  
  • Get started priming & painting

IMPORTANT TEST:  After your first coat of primer/paint is dry do a finger nail test in various areas.  Scratch the surface to see if the paint can be removed.  If you comes off you will need to sand these areas more.  Cabinet side can be extremely difficult at times to get good adhesion. 

Can you paint Kitchen cabinets without a sprayer?

YES….There is always this assumption that you need to own a fancy paint sprayer to paint kitchen cabinets and that just not the case.   I have found that using ProClassic with Alkyd dries extremely smooth even without a sprayer.  ProClassic Acrylic-Alkyd provides excellent flow, leveling and sag resistance – and leaves no brush or roller marks.

How do you avoid brush strokes when painting kitchen cabinets without a sprayer?

To avoid brush strokes you will want to start by using a quality paint brush & a foam paint roller.  The trick is to start with a brush and then roll over everything with a smooth foam paint roller to remove as many of the brush strokes before the paint starts to dry. 

It is very important to work quickly so that the brushed paint doesn’t dry before it is rolled.  Take it one door at a time!

What kind of paint sprayer should I buy?

I have tried many different paint sprayers and have come down to one of my favorites. For small jobs such as cabinets or furniture painting I recommend Graco TrueCoat 360 DSP Electric TrueAirless Sprayer.  This is considered a DIY paint sprayer, is extremely easy to use and affordable (around $200)!

The TrueCoat 360 DSP sprayer combines precision, speed and control with true airless spray technology to deliver a professional finish for your painting and staining projects. A rugged storage case and six additional FlexLiner paint bags ensure you’re always ready for your next project.

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How much does 3/4″ plywood weigh?

How much does 3/4" plywood weigh?

Have you ever wondered how much a sheet of 4×8 3/4″ plywood weights?  I often find myself at the local Home Improvement store loading up material for the next project.  Hoping that the tires don’t blow out.

If your just looking to see how much a 3/4″ 4×8 sheet of plywood weighs the answer is fairly straight forward.  Roughly 60 lbs.

If you want to know some basic max loads per truck type ready on my friend.  As they always say “Safety First”.

Want to know how much a 2×4 weights?  Check out my Blog post here!

 

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How many 3/4" sheet can I load in a truck?

There are many factors to consider before loading your truck.  Not only how much weight you can carry but you will also have to consider what kind of engine your truck has.  Do you have enough power to drive safely?

Want to know how many gallons of Paint you can haul?  Check out my blog post here!

 For this example we will base our numbers off standard weights

1/4 Ton Truck

A 1/4 Ton sounds like a large number BUT its really not.  A 1/4 ton is roughly 500 lbs. 

  • Roughly 8 – 3/4″ 4×8 sheets (@ 60 lbs each = 480 lbs.)

1/2 Ton Truck

You will find that a 1/2 ton pickup truck is fairly standard for most.  A 1/2 ton is roughly 1000 lbs. although the they range upwards of hauling close to 1800 lbs depending on make/model and features.

  • Roughly 17 – 3/4″ 4×8 sheets (@ 60 lbs each = 1020 lbs.)

3/4 Ton Truck

A 3/4 ton truck is getting into some major hauling power.  3/4 ton is roughly 1500 lbs. of hauling power.  When you’re packing this kind of truck your closing in to a capacity issue rather than a weight issue as I would estimate that you can fit roughly 33 3/4″ 4×8 sheets in the standard truck bed.

  • Roughly 25 – 3/4″ 4×8 sheets (@ 60 lbs each = 1500 lbs.)

1 Ton Truck

Now we are talking!  With a 1 ton truck you should not have an issue picking up lumber anytime soon.  1 ton is roughly 2000 lbs.  You will notice that many contractors that are in the concrete business may be sporting a 1 ton pick up.  As for lumber loads you will for sure run out of space first.

  • Roughly 33 – 3/4″ 4×8 sheets (@ 60 lbs each = 1980 lbs.)

Hopefully this information has been helpful.  Safe hauling!

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MY STORY

I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.

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How much does a gallon of paint weigh?​

How much does a gallon of paint weigh?

Have you ever wondered how much paint weights?  I often find myself at the home improvement store loading up on supplies only to have overloaded my truck without even thinking about it.

If your just looking to see how much a gallon paint weighs the answer is fairly straight forward. The answer is 10 – 15 lbs. depending on paint type.

When I first picked up my scale to weigh a gallon of paint I was amazed of the difference in weight between a gallon of Water based paint vs. Oil paint. The Oil based paint weighted in at almost 15 lbs. compared to the Water based at only 10 lbs.

I am no scientist but I am assuming that the difference in weight has to do with the density.

Now that you have an idea of how much a gallon of paint weighs you may be up for so more helpful information like “How much a 2×4 weights”  check out my blog post here!

How many gallon cans of paint can I load in a truck?

There are many factors to consider before loading your truck.  Not only how much weight you can carry but you will also have to consider what kind of engine your truck has.  Do you have enough power to drive safely?

 For this example we will base our numbers off standard weights

1/4 Ton Truck

A 1/4 Ton sounds like a large number BUT its really not.  A 1/4 ton is roughly 500 lbs. 

  • Roughly 33 Gallon paint cans (@ 15 lbs each = 495lbs.)

1/2 Ton Truck

You will find that a 1/2 ton pickup truck is fairly standard for most.  A 1/2 ton is roughly 1000 lbs. although the they range upwards of hauling close to 1800 lbs depending on make/model and features.

  • Roughly 66 Gallon paint cans (@ 15 lbs each = 990lbs.)

3/4 Ton Truck

A 3/4 ton truck is getting into some major hauling power.  3/4 ton is roughly 1500 lbs.  which is a nice truck but you can’t max this baby out with a full bed load of paint.

  • Roughly 100 Gallon paint cans (@ 15 lbs each = 1500 lbs.)

1 Ton Truck

Now we are talking!  With a 1 ton truck you shouldn’t have any issues BUT that said you can’t assume you can fill it to the rim.  Even though you will probably not run into a job that requires 133 gallons of paint you’d still have some space left in a standard 8′ bed.

  • Roughly 133 Gallon paint cans (@ 15 lbs each = 1995 lbs.)

How many paint gallon cans fit in the bed of a truck?

So now that you have a rough idea on the total gallon cans of paint your truck can haul based on weight how many cans will actually fit?

So that you don’t have to stand at the lumber store doing thewhole trial and error deal I have done the math.

A 4’x8′ bed will hold roughly 78 gallon paint cans per layer.  The standard bed is roughly 20″ deep meaning you can fit 2 layers without overflowing or 156 gallon cans of paint.

Now that’s a lot of paint!

Hopefully this information has been helpful.  Safe hauling!

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MY STORY

I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.

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How much does a 2×8 weigh?

How much does a 2x8 weigh?

Have you ever wondered how much a 2×8 weights? I build lots of custom farm tables in St. Johns Fl and a 2×8 is the typical material for tops. As I drive away from the lumber store I often think the front of my truck is floating on air due the the sheer weight. 

If your just looking to see how much a 2×8 weighs the answer is fairly straight forward. The answer is 18 – 35 lbs. 

Quite the difference once again!  With wide board comes more surface area to soak up the water turning these into a giant sponge.  Another factor with the wider boards are sap.  YES, sap.  The wider the board the closer to the center of the tree it was cut from often making it just a bit more sappy.

I have taken the time to gather some data and put it into a nice little excel file that you can download right here.

Excel Weight Calculator Download  

This is an easy to use excel file, just enter the quantities of lumber and poof, we have a weight.  Now you will have an idea before you go loading your truck with 100 2×8’s and wondering if your truck can handle it.

Lumber weights
Lumber Estimated Weight Chart

How many 2x8's can I load in a truck

There are many factors to consider before loading your truck.  Not only how much weight you can carry but you will also have to consider what kind of engine your truck has.  Do you have enough power to drive safely?

If you just want to know how many 2×8’s will physically fit in the standard 8ft truck bed the answer is around 84, BUT be sure your sporting at least a 1 Ton truck.

 For this example we will base our numbers off standard weights

1/4 Ton Truck

A 1/4 Ton sounds like a large number BUT its really not.  A 1/4 ton is roughly 500 lbs. 

  • Roughly 27 Kiln Dried 2x8x8 (@ 18 lbs each = 486 lbs.)

1/2 Ton Truck

You will find that a 1/2 ton pickup truck is fairly standard for most.  A 1/2 ton is roughly 1000 lbs. although the they range upwards of hauling close to 1800 lbs depending on make/model and features.

  • Roughly 55 Kiln Dried 2x8x8 (@ 18 lbs each = 990lbs.)

3/4 Ton Truck

A 3/4 ton truck is getting into some major hauling power.  3/4 ton is roughly 1500 lbs.  When you’re packing this kind of truck your problem will be a capacity issue rather than a weight issue as I would estimate that you can fit roughly 84 2x8x8’s in an 8 ft’ truck bed.

  • Roughly 83 Kiln Dried 2x8x8 (@ 18 lbs each = 1494 lbs.)

1 Ton Truck

Now we are talking!  With a 1 ton truck you should not have an issue picking up lumber anytime soon.  1 ton is roughly 2000 lbs.  You will notice that many contractors that are in the concrete business may be sporting a 1 ton pick up.  As for lumber loads you will for sure run out of space first.

  • Roughly 111 Kiln Dried 2x8x8 (@ 18 lbs each = 1998 lbs.)

Hopefully this information has been helpful.  Safe hauling!

ABOUT ME

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I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.

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How much does a 2×6 weigh? Helpful guide

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How much does a 2x6 weigh?

Have you ever wondered how much a 2×6 weights? If you’re like me you often find yourself at the lumber yard wondering just how much you can stretch the springs on your truck.

If your just looking to see how much a 2×6 weighs the answer is fairly straight forward. The answer is 14 – 26 lbs. 

Quite the curve there.  Well you need to understand that wood is pretty much a big sponge soaking up moisture wherever it can.  A kiln dried 2x6x8 weighs in on the lighter end at around 14 lbs while the pressure treated 2×6 weighs in closer to the 26 lb range.

I have taken the time to gather some data and put it into a nice little excel file that you can download right here.

Excel Weight Calculator Download  

This is an easy to use excel file, just enter the quantities of lumber and poof, we have a weight.  Now you will have an idea before you go loading your truck with 100 2×6’s and wondering if your truck can handle it.

Lumber weights
Lumber Estimated Weight Chart

How many 2x6's can I load in a truck?

There are many factors to consider before loading your truck.  Not only how much weight you can carry but you will also have to consider what kind of engine your truck has.  Do you have enough power to drive safely?

If you’re just wondering how many 2×6’s will “fit” in your truck we will assume that you have an average 8′ truck bed measuring around 20″ deep by 48″ wide.  Based on that you can physically fit roughly 112 2x6x8’s BUT you better have a 1 Ton truck! 

 For this example we will base our numbers off standard weights

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1/4 Ton Truck

A 1/4 Ton sounds like a large number BUT its really not.  A 1/4 ton is roughly 500 lbs. 

  • Roughly 35 Kiln Dried 2x6x8 (@ 14 lbs each = 490 lbs.)

1/2 Ton Truck

You will find that a 1/2 ton pickup truck is fairly standard for most.  A 1/2 ton is roughly 1000 lbs. although the they range upwards of hauling close to 1800 lbs depending on make/model and features.

  • Roughly 71 Kiln Dried 2x6x8 (@ 14 lbs each = 994 lbs.)

3/4 Ton Truck

A 3/4 ton truck is getting into some major hauling power.  3/4 ton os roughly 1500 lbs.  When you’re packing this kind of truck your problem will not be a capacity issue rather than a weight issue as I would estimate that you can fit roughly 180 2x4x8’s in an 8 ft’ truck bed.

  • Roughly 107 Kiln Dried 2x6x8 (@ 14 lbs each = 1498 lbs.)

1 Ton Truck

Now we are talking!  With a 1 ton truck you should not have an issue picking up lumber anytime soon.  1 ton is roughly 2000 lbs.  You will notice that many contractors that are in the concrete business may be sporting a 1 ton pick up.  As for lumber loads you will for sure run out of space first.

  • Roughly 142 Kiln Dried 2x6x8 (@ 14 lbs each = 1988 lbs.)

Hopefully this information has been helpful.  Safe hauling!

ABOUT ME

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MY STORY

I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.

LEGAL INFORMATION

This site is owned and operated by Home Built Woodworking. Home Built Woodworking is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Home Built Woodworking also participates in affiliate programs with Clickbank and other sites. Home Built Woodworking is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.