150+ Free Scroll Saw Patterns For beginner & Advanced

If you’re looking for free scroll saw patterns to print, you’ve come to the right place! There is no reason to pay for scroll saw patterns at all.

Scroll saw projects are some of the most rewarding and good looking woodworking projects out there.

We love that scroll saw patterns can be complex or really simple. They can be 2D or you can make 3D projects as well.

Simple scroll saw projects are also a fantastic intro for kids who are comfortable using a drill and some other hand tools and are ready to start learning safety and how to use powered saws.

The sense of achievement you and they can feel is amazing!

Especially in this digital age when we’re trying to get our kids (ourselves!!) to look away from screens for a few minutes and learn a useful and practical skill.

If you’re not yet familiar with Scroll Saws, we’d encourage you to read our Scroll Saw Guide here!

Massive List of Free, Downloadable, and Printable Scroll Saw Patterns

The internet is a big place and we’ve compiled the best list of free printable scroll saw patterns for beginners, intermediate, and advanced scroll saw artists.

Some of these we’ve created on our own, and some of them are from various creative people who have their own websites

The ones from our friends, you can get from their sites!

Here’s a quick list of the type of free, printable scroll saw patterns we cover in this post.

If you click on any one of them, it will jump to that section of the page; these are all printable and downloadable scroll saw patterns.

1. Pocket Stuff Dish Scroll Saw Pattern

POCKET STUFF DISH SCROLL SAW PATTERN

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2. Bamboo Triptych

BAMBOO TRIPTYCH

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3. Colors and Shapes Puzzle

COLORS AND SHAPES PUZZLE

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4. Collection of Hands from Long Case Clocks

COLLECTION OF HANDS FROM LONG CASE CLOCKS

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5. Fish Come in Three Sizes

FISH COME IN THREE SIZES

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6. Piano Music Rest

 PIANO MUSIC REST

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7. Scrollsaw Coaster Patterns

SCROLLSAW COASTER PATTERNS

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8. Scroll Saw Shelf Bracket Patterns

SCROLL SAW SHELF BRACKET PATTERNS

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9. Circular Scroll Saw Pattern

CIRCULAR SCROLL SAW PATTERN

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10. Vectorized Scroll Saw Pattern

VECTORIZED SCROLL SAW PATTERN

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11. Intarsia Butterfly Pattern

INTARSIA BUTTERFLY PATTERN

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12. Scroll Saw Wall Shelf Plan

SCROLL SAW WALL SHELF PLAN

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13. Cabinet Fretwork Panels

CABINET FRETWORK PANELS

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14. Scroll Saw Box

SCROLL SAW BOX

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15. Small Chess Players Scroll Saw Pattern

SMALL CHESS PLAYERS SCROLL SAW PATTERN

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16. Large Chess Players Scroll Saw Pattern

LARGE CHESS PLAYERS SCROLL SAW PATTERN

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17. Full Moon Nightlight

FULL MOON NIGHTLIGHT

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18. Lovebirds Plate Holder

LOVEBIRDS PLATE HOLDER

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19. Pumpkin Candle Tray

PUMPKIN CANDLE TRAY

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20. Freestanding VW Beetle Puzzle

FREESTANDING VW BEETLE PUZZLE

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21. Noah’s Ark Puzzle Patterns

NOAH’S ARK PUZZLE PATTERNS

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22. Ornate Fretwork Cross

ORNATE FRETWORK CROSS

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23. Scroll Saw Wooden Basket

SCROLL SAW WOODEN BASKET

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24. Three Scroll Saw Basket Patterns

THREE SCROLL SAW BASKET PATTERNS

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25. Basket Weave

BASKET WEAVE

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26. Four Christmas Tree Ornaments Scroll Saw Patterns

FOUR CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS SCROLL SAW PATTERNS

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27. Ribbon Ornaments

RIBBON ORNAMENTS

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28. Dove Ornaments

DOVE ORNAMENTS

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29. Scroll-Friendly Monogram Patterns

SCROLL-FRIENDLY MONOGRAM PATTERNS

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30. Scroll Saw Name Puzzle Patterns

SCROLL SAW NAME PUZZLE PATTERNS

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31. Scroll Saw Keychain Pattern Maker Demonstration

SCROLL SAW KEYCHAIN PATTERN MAKER DEMONSTRATION

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32. SCROLL SAW NAME PLAQUES

SCROLL SAW NAME PLAQUES

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33. Hummingbird Rocking Chair Clock

HUMMINGBIRD ROCKING CHAIR CLOCK

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34. Freestanding Fretwork Clock

FREESTANDING FRETWORK CLOCK

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35. Art Deco Shadow Box

ART DECO SHADOW BOX

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36. Elaborate Vintage Box Pattern

ELABORATE VINTAGE BOX PATTERN

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37. Inlaid boxes archive

INLAID BOXES ARCHIVE

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38. Make a Lily Pad Box

MAKE A LILY PAD BOX

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39. Pegasus Fretwork Pattern

PEGASUS FRETWORK PATTERN

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40. Ornate Mini Bookshelf

ORNATE MINI BOOKSHELF

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41. Fi+ligree Fretwork Hearts

FI+LIGREE FRETWORK HEARTS

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42. Filigree Fretwork Pumpkins

FILIGREE FRETWORK PUMPKINS

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43. Dual-shade Whale Pattern

DUAL-SHADE WHALE PATTERN

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44. Creating Colorful Butterfly Magnets

COLORFUL BUTTERFLY MAGNETS

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45. State Outlines, Maps, Stencils, Patterns, Clip Art

STATE OUTLINES, MAPS, STENCILS, PATTERNS, CLIP ART

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46. Scroll Saw Panel

SCROLL SAW PANEL

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47. Jaguar Scroll Saw Pattern

JAGUAR SCROLL SAW PATTERN

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48. Horizontal Scroll Saw Pattern

HORIZONTAL SCROLL SAW PATTERN

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49. Fretwork Panel Designs

FRETWORK PANEL DESIGNS

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50. Cabinet Fretwork Panels

CABINET FRETWORK PANELS

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51. Round Scroll Saw Ornament

ROUND SCROLL SAW ORNAMENT

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52. Music rest for a Grand Piano

MUSIC REST FOR A GRAND PIANO

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53. Furniture Scroll Saw Patterns

FURNITURE SCROLL SAW PATTERNS

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54. Furniture Scroll Saw Vector Patterns

FURNITURE SCROLL SAW VECTOR PATTERNS

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55. Vectorized Furniture Scroll Saw Pattern

VECTORIZED FURNITURE SCROLL SAW PATTERN

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56. Table Marquetry Decoration

TABLE MARQUETRY DECORATION

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57. Old Car Scroll Saw Patterns

OLD CAR SCROLL SAW PATTERNS

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58. Laser Cut Border Patterns

 LASER CUT BORDER PATTERNS

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59. Laser Cutting Designs

LASER CUTTING DESIGNS

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60. Sawn Baluster Patterns

SAWN BALUSTER PATTERNS

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61. Scroll Saw Silhouettes of Old Cars

SCROLL SAW SILHOUETTES OF OLD CARS

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62. Collection of Hands from Long Case Clocks

COLLECTION OF HANDS FROM LONG CASE CLOCKS

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63. Scroll Saw Wall Shelf Plan

SCROLL SAW WALL SHELF PLAN

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64. Scroll Saw Corner Shelf Project

SCROLL SAW CORNER SHELF PROJECT

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65. Footstool with Scroll Saw Legs Plan

FOOTSTOOL WITH SCROLL SAW LEGS PLAN

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66. Scroll Saw Design Founded on the Wild Rose

SCROLL SAW DESIGN FOUNDED ON THE WILD ROSE

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67. Set of French Curve Templates

SET OF FRENCH CURVE TEMPLATES

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68. 92 Scroll Saw Shelf Bracket Patterns

92 SCROLL SAW SHELF BRACKET PATTERNS

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69. Artistic Illustration for Laser Cutting

ARTISTIC ILLUSTRATION FOR LASER CUTTING

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70. Mount Rushmore

MOUNT RUSHMORE

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71. Bunny Love

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72. Bear Paw

BEAR PAW

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73. Large Shamrocks

LARGE SHAMROCKS

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74. Scrolly Scalloped Mirror

SCROLLY SCALLOPED MIRROR

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75. Wood Cross

WOOD CROSS

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76. Butcherblock Silverware Trivet

BUTCHERBLOCK SILVERWARE TRIVET

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77. Wooden Name Plaques

WOODEN NAME PLAQUES

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78. Layered Cross

LAYERED CROSS

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79. DIY WOODEN TOPOGRAPHY ARTWORK

DIY WOODEN TOPOGRAPHY ARTWORK

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80. Stunning Fretwork Crosses

STUNNING FRETWORK CROSSES

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81. Circle Monogram Pallet Sign

CIRCLE MONOGRAM PALLET SIGN

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82. Labeled Cross

LABELED CROSS

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83. Cut-Out Butterfly Clock

CUT-OUT BUTTERFLY CLOCK

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84. Picnic Basket Patterns

PICNIC BASKET PATTERNS

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85. Barn Board Plaque

BARN BOARD PLAQUE

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86. DIY STATE OR COUNTRY PLAQUE TUTORIAL {USING A SCROLL SAW}

DIY STATE OR COUNTRY PLAQUE TUTORIAL

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87. MEANINGFUL MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA

MEANINGFUL MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA

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88. CUTOUT SILHOUETTE PLAQUES OUT OF WOOD!

CUTOUT SILHOUETTE PLAQUES OUT OF WOOD

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89. Christmas-Themed Ribbons

CHRISTMAS-THEMED RIBBONS

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90. DIY CORBELS FOR A BREAKFAST BAR

DIY CORBELS FOR A BREAKFAST BAR

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91. ‘HOUSE DIVIDED’ BROKEN BRACKET SIGN

‘HOUSE DIVIDED’ BROKEN BRACKET SIGN

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92. Dove Ornaments

DOVE ORNAMENTS

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93. DIY WOODEN PAPER DOLL TUTORIAL

DIY WOODEN PAPER DOLL TUTORIAL

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94. DIY FALL-THEMED MONOGRAM WREATHS

DIY FALL-THEMED MONOGRAM WREATHS

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95. Monogrammed Circular Designs

MONOGRAMMED CIRCULAR DESIGNS

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96. DIY Wooden Heart Keychains

DIY WOODEN HEART KEYCHAINS

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97. MiniPlane With Clock

MINIPLANE WITH CLOCK

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98. Mini Windmill with a Clock

MINI WINDMILL WITH A CLOCK

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99. Family Room Sign

FAMILY ROOM SIGN

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100. 3D Wooden Sign

3D WOODEN SIGN

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101. WOODEN NATIVITY SET USING A SCROLL SAW!

WOODEN NATIVITY SET USING A SCROLL SAW!

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102. Oregon State Shaped Puzzle

OREGON STATE SHAPED PUZZLE

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103. I Like To Hike Table Sign Pattern

I LIKE TO HIKE TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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104. Smart Sleuth Table Sign Pattern

SMART SLEUTH TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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106. Cloud 9 Table Sign Pattern

CLOUD 9 TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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107. Popcorn Lover Table Sign Pattern

POPCORN LOVER TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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108. Enemy Below Table Sign Pattern

ENEMY BELOW TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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109. Got The Beat In Me Table Sign Pattern

GOT THE BEAT IN ME TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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110. Dad & Son Table Sign Pattern

DAD & SON TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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111. Watching Apollo 11

WATCHING APOLLO 11

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112. Rubber Stamp “Dragon Love” Pattern

RUBBER STAMP “DRAGON LOVE” PATTERN

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113. Wax My Eyeballs Table Sign

WAX MY EYEBALLS TABLE SIGN

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114. It’s Not Easy Being Me Sign Pattern

IT’S NOT EASY BEING ME SIGN PATTERN

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115. Glider Puzzle Pattern

GLIDER PUZZLE PATTERN

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116. Seal Balancing A Hat Puzzle Pattern

SEAL BALANCING A HAT PUZZLE PATTERN

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117. BFF Table Top Sign Pattern

BFF TABLE TOP SIGN PATTERN

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118. I’m A Phone Table Sign Pattern

I’M A PHONE TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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119. 5 – 9 Puzzle Pattern

5 – 9 PUZZLE PATTERN

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120. She Walks In Beauty Like the Night Table Sign Pattern

SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY LIKE THE NIGHT TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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121. Bull Head Puzzle Pattern

BULL HEAD PUZZLE PATTERN

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122. Gorilla With An Ice Cream Cone Puzzle Pattern

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123. Smile Grin Chuckle Table Sign Pattern

SMILE GRIN CHUCKLE TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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124. 0 – 4 Number Puzzle Pattern

0 – 4 NUMBER PUZZLE PATTERN

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125. Retired: Not My Problem Table Sign Pattern

NOT MY PROBLEM TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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126. Three-Headed Dinosaur Puzzle Pattern

THREE-HEADED DINOSAUR PUZZLE PATTERN

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127. Catching Stars Table Sign

CATCHING STARS TABLE SIGN

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128. Kokopelli Stand Up Puzzle Pattern

KOKOPELLI STAND UP PUZZLE PATTERN

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129. Gene Autry Round-Up Guitar Table Sign Pattern

GENE AUTRY ROUND-UP GUITAR TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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130. I Love My Garden Table Sign Pattern

I LOVE MY GARDEN TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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131. Long Life Table Sign Pattern

LONG LIFE TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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132. Come Sit Table Sign Pattern

COME SIT TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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133. My School Bus Driver Delivers Table Sign Pattern

MY SCHOOL BUS DRIVER DELIVERS TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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134. Wishes Do Come True Table Sign Pattern

WISHES DO COME TRUE TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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135. Flag Day Table Sign Pattern

FLAG DAY TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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136. America Or Bust Wall Sign Pattern

AMERICA OR BUST WALL SIGN PATTERN

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137. Hello Coffee Table Sign Pattern

HELLO COFFEE TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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138. National Donut Day Table Sign Pattern

NATIONAL DONUT DAY TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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139. You Can’t Buy Happiness But You Can Buy A Truck

YOU CAN’T BUY HAPPINESS BUT YOU CAN BUY A TRUCK

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140. D-Day 75th Year Recognition Sign Pattern

D-DAY 75TH YEAR RECOGNITION SIGN PATTERN

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141. Cameo Table Sign Pattern

CAMEO TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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142. Lasting Love Table Sign Pattern

LASTING LOVE TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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143. El amor todo lo puede (Love Conquers All) Table Sign Pattern

EL AMOR TODO LO PUEDE (LOVE CONQUERS ALL) TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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144. Scrollsaw Hero: Steve Good Table Sign Pattern

STEVE GOOD TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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145. Love That Tune Table Sign Pattern

LOVE THAT TUNE TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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146. Happy Camper Table Sign Pattern

HAPPY CAMPER TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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147. Air Traffic Controllers Table Sign Pattern

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS TABLE SIGN PATTERN

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148. The Great Stagecoach Robbery

THE GREAT STAGECOACH ROBBERY

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149. Santa Claus Garland

Santa Claus Garland

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150. Cat Treat Box

CAT TREAT BOX

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Flemish Giant Rabbits: Care and Breeding

Flemish Giant Rabbits

What are Flemish Giant Rabbits?

Flemish Giant Rabbits are one of the largest and oldest recognized rabbit breeds. It is also known as the king of rabbits due to his big size, personality, and longevity.

Their meat and fur are also commercially produced. Now, they are used as a pet, meat, show animal, and breed, thus the other name, Universal Rabbit.

BREED: Flemish Giants

OTHER NAMES: King of Rabbits, Universal Rabbits, Gentle Giants

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Oryctolagus cuniculus

ORIGIN: Flanders, Belgium

SIZE: Large

COLOR: Blue, Black, Light Gray, Sandy, Fawn, Steel Gray, and White

Breed Origin of Flemish Giant Rabbits

There are different opinions with regard to the actual origin of this giant rabbit breed. Some believed that the Flemish Giant Rabbits originate from Patagonia.

However, it is acknowledged that these large yet docile rabbits were adopted and disseminated from Flanders in the 16th century.

The first authentic record of the occurrence of these rabbits was recorded in 1860. News spread throughout England that time about an enormous size rabbit raised in Flanders and France.

At that time, they were one of the most common utility breeds in Europe for meat and fur.

In the nineteenth century, they were raised to a strict pedigree. After some time, they were already cross-bred; thus, the wide array of colors.

Flemish Giant Characteristics

Physical Description of a Flemish Giant Bunny

Aside from being distinguished as the largest breeds of rabbits which could go as long as 30 inches and could weight around 10 to 20 pounds, Flemish Giants also have the semi-arch body type, one of the few breeds acknowledged by American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA).

They have a long, well-proportioned, muscular, and powerful semi-arch body. Their ears are erect with a hefty base that could elongate up to 6 inches, according to breed standards.

Their furs are thick and glossy and rollback after being stroked from tail to head.

Giant Flemish Rabbit Colors

The National Federation of Flemish Giant Rabbit Breeders in the United States only recognized these seven colors of Flemish Giant Rabbits.

  • Blue – dark blue coat with bluish-gray eyes.
  • Black – solid black coat with brown eyes.
  • Light gray – Light gray coat with black ticking tips and eyes that are colored brown.
  • Sandy – a coat that is Reddish sandy with dark ticking and eyes that are brown in color.
  • Fawn – a coat that is somewhat light gold with a white undercarriage and brown- colored eyes.
  • Steel Gray – a coat that is charcoal gray with the ticking of light gray and brown eyes.
  • White – solid white coat with pink-colored eyes.

Size of Flemish Bunnies

Flemish Giant Rabbits are known to be large-sized. They can reach up to 30 inches long.

In fact, a Flemish Giant has been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the longest rabbit with a length of 51 inches.

Weight of Flemish Giant Rabbits

If you prefer a giant rabbit, then Flemish rabbits are an excellent choice. They are big-sized rabbits that weigh around 15 pounds on average.

According to ARBA or the American Rabbit Breeders Association, Flemish Giants don’t have maximum weight. The heaviest recorded weight of a Flemish Giant Rabbit was 22 pounds.

Flemish Giant Temperament

Flemish Giants are also known as Gentle Giants mainly because of their docile nature. These pet rabbits make excellent companions and adorable family pets.

When kept inside the house, they usually hop around and sit comfortably on anybody’s laps. These rabbits can also be litter trained by using a litter box.

They could also easily get edgy when they are handled improperly, though and will bite and may even cause serious scratches whenever they feel the urge to fight.

Therefore, children must be supervised all the time whenever you plan to raise a gentle giant in your home.

Flemish Giant Personality

Despite their enormous size, Flemish Giants are known to be laid-back and docile in nature. They adore their owners and are very friendly with kids.

They also love attention and even sit on the laps of their owners. Flemish Giant Rabbits are still rabbits who easily become wary in new environments.

At first, they will try to get used to the new set-up and assess if something or someone is a threat to their existence. Try to earn their trust by slowly moving around your pet rabbit and respecting your pet’s space and desires.

They are pliant and can be easily trained inside the house. Just try to get to know your pet rabbit to make their personality shine through.

Male and female difference

With just one glance, you can already differentiate a male Flemish Giant Rabbit from a female Flemish Giant Rabbit, without the need to examine their genitals.

Male Flemish Giant Rabbits or bucks have broader heads than the female Flemish Giant Rabbits. They can also weigh up to 22 pounds, two pounds more than their female counterparts.

Female Flemish Giants, on the other hand, have large, fur-coated skin or dewlaps just below their chins. These dewlaps are used by the female Flemish Giants to warm their baby bunnies.

Female Flemish Giants could weigh up to 20 pounds.

Flemish Giant Care and Health Concerns

Flemish Giant Rabbits have thick and glossy fur, making them prone to fur mites and ear mites. Therefore, you have to regularly check behind their ears or their furry body.

In case you noticed the presence of ear mites and fur mites on your furry friend, then immediately go to a vet to have it checked and treated.

During summer, Flemish Giants cannot handle the heat well because of their thick furs. You may need to keep your rabbit pet in an air-conditioned room or a well-ventilated area with fans.

You must also offer frozen water bottles for your rabbit friend. If kept inside a cage, you must provide a much bigger area for your Flemish Giant Rabbits than the smaller breeds due to their massive size.

Their size will increase rapidly in the first sixth months of life and when they become older, they are more prone to obesity and all the risk factors that come with it.

Thus, avoid giving them too many treats and provide a bigger size pen with large doors for them to hop around and exercise.

Rabbits that have larger built are also predisposed to sore hocks, a disorder usually caused by standing in unsanitary conditions or wire floors. Hence, floors must be cleaned and well-maintained regularly to prevent rabbits from contracting this disease.

Flemish can also develop health concern common with other rabbit breeds which includes malocclusion, respiratory disease, GI stasis, and uterine cancer. Rabbits are also prone to develop back injury if they are mishandled or accidentally dropped because of their size.

They are also predisposed to heatstroke because of their large and furry body. Make sure they stay in an area where it is not too humid and under 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is a must to know these signs of heatstroke such as lethargy, rapid breathing, excessive salivation, ears are going red, and convulsion.

It is best to know your pet rabbits well to recognize when they aren’t feeling better; for early diagnosis and treatment will make a big difference in the recovery of your pet rabbits.

Also, you must talk first with Flemish Giant rabbit breeders in your area, before you decide to bring one to your home, as they need a lot of work. These breeders may give you helpful insights regarding pet care.

Flemish Giant Grooming

 

Flemish Giant Rabbits have short, thick, and glossy hair. Thus, it only needs minor grooming once a week to maintain the good shape of the coat.

Use a slicker brush to comb your gentle giant’s hair. If your Flemish Giant is molting, then you need to brush two times a week.

Rabbits usually shed their coat two times in a year: in spring and fall. The exact time will vary depending on the animal.

Also, their nails should be trimmed intermittently. Usually, rabbit nails wear off naturally from hopping or exercise.

 

Because of their enormous size, Flemish Giants consume a lot of food. Their diet must include large amounts of hay and water and high-quality rabbit pellets.

Flemish Giant Feeding

Some Flemish Giant breeders suggest free-feeding your gentle giants with high-quality, commercialized rabbit pellets, as they don’t have the tendency to overeat.

Others also recommend feeding them freely until they reach their first year, then give them a quarter cup of pellets for every five pounds of weight.

You could also give them:

  • carrots
  • parsley
  • cabbage
  • romaine lettuce
  • potatoes
  • corn
  • yams
  • beets
  • papaya
  • pineapple
  • strawberries
  • cantaloupe

But, be sure to introduce them one at a time until their digestive system could accommodate them well.

Vegetables should be given at a proportion of two to four cups daily for every five pounds of weight. Fruits could only be given in small amounts one or two times a week, according to rabbit breeders.

Put a big water bottle in their cage so that they can easily drink or replenish as needed.

Flemish Giant Rabbit Lifespan

Flemish Giants are a healthy breed. With occasional veterinary visits and proper care, they are expected to live around eight to ten years.

Giant Flemish Cost

Flemish Giants usually cost around $20 to $50. However, show-quality Flemish Giants may cost more with up to $300 or more.

Giant Flemish Cost

You can also tap a reliable Flemish Giant website for breeders to help distinguish the costs of housing, food, and accessories for breeding a Flemish Giant.

You roughly spend $665 per year for one Flemish Giant Rabbit and $2700 for a show-quality rabbit.

Related Questions

How big does a Flemish giant rabbit get?

Flemish Giant Rabbits are the largest Breed of Rabbit. The female Flemish Giant rabbit can weigh up 20 pounds while male Flemish Giant rabbits can get up to 22 pounds.

They can reach up to 30 inches long. In fact, a Flemish Giant has been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the longest rabbit with a length of 51 inches.

How much is a flemish giant rabbit?

The price of the rabbits depends on the quality and age of Flemish Giant. A Flemish Giant used as a pet without pedigree will cost about $20 to $50.

The breeding-quality Flemish Giant can cost up to $50 to $100. On the other hand, show-quality rabbits could price up to $75 to $300 or more.

How long does a flemish giant rabbit live?

Flemish Giants could live up to 5 years or up to teenage years with occasional veterinarian visits, diet, and quality care. A female Flemish Giant or doe can reach maturity within one year while a male Flemish Giant or buck takes one and a half years.

Where can you buy a flemish giant rabbit?

Flemish Giant rabbits are a common breed; hence, you can easily buy them on pet stores. You can also look at Flemish Giant breeders or owners online if they are selling.

How many years does it take for a flemish giant rabbit to get to full size?

Typically, Flemish Giants could already weigh 14 pounds on their nine months or one year. They usually reach their maximum weight when they are 1.5 years old.

Breeders or owners should delay breeding until their rabbit is almost one-year-old.

Do Giant Flemish Rabbits make good pets?

Flemish Giants, despite their massive size, are naturally docile and make good buddies and adorable family pets. When kept inside the house, they usually hop around and sit comfortably on the laps of their owners.

They are also pliable and can easily be trained. You can litter train them with a litter box.

Are Flemish Giants friendly?

Flemish giants are called gentle giants because of their docile nature. They are one of the calmest and most friendly breeds of rabbits.

They are very friendly with their owners and with other pets, making them ideal as a home pet.

What size cage does a Flemish giant need?

Breeders agreed that the minimum cage size of Flemish Giants on a 3ft x 4ft and may extend a few inches on each side. This is only applicable for single rabbits.

However, for nursing, size should be twice the average.

How high can a flemish giant jump?

Flemish Giants can jump high up to three feet. They can even jump higher than 3 feet.

Therefore, in building a pen for these gentle giants, you have to keep it as tall as four feet or even more in order to keep them inside.

Do Flemish Giants dig?

All rabbits are fond of digging, so as the Flemish Giants. Being large, Flemish Giants can cause greater damage when digging.

How fast do Flemish giants grow?

Flemish Giants reach their maximum weight when they are 1.5 years old.

Can Flemish giants live indoors?

Allow your Flemish Giant to live indoors.

Flemish Giants can live indoors as they are docile in nature and can easily be trained. Gradually train your Flemish Giants inside your house and allow him/her to adapt to the new environment.

You must also provide plenty of space for your Flemish to move around and exercise. You can also consider putting up a collapsible pen, aside from his cage, for your pet to roam around.

What is the difference between Flemish Giant and Continental Giant?

Flemish Giants have different characteristics; It has a narrower head as compared to Continental Giant’s blockier and large head. Flemish also has a pointed muzzle and shorter and narrower erect ears.

On the other hand, the Continental Giants’ ears have rounded tips, wider in the center, and extends up to 25% of total body length. Their legs are heavy, thick, powerful and quite shorter as compared to Flemish Giants.

As to colors, Arba recognized seven distinct colors for Flemish including:

  • Blue
  • Black
  • Light Gray
  • Sandy
  • Fawn
  • Steel Gray
  • White

While Continental Giant colors are:

  • Red Agouti
  • Chestnut Agouti
  • Chinchilla
  • Black
  • Yellow
  • Opal
  • White with Blue or Red eyes as recognized by BRC.

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Can Flemish Giant Rabbits be house trained?

The Flemish Giant is a very friendly breed of rabbit. He wants to be a part of the family, so it is better to keep him inside the house.

Flemish Giants are smart and pliable, thus, they can be easily trained to litter-train. Just place a litter box inside the pen, and he will be accustomed to it.

Also, train your Flemish on how to interact with people, especially with kids. This will ensure that your rabbit will not be easily wary of others’ presence.

Final Thoughts

Owning or breeding a Flemish Giant may seem easy and fun because of their docile attitude, however, it entails a lot of hard work and patience.

Therefore, it is a must to talk with trusted Flemish Giant breeders to give you an idea of the cost, care, and maintenance of this furry bunny.

Angora Rabbits: Varieties, Care, Wool, and Breeding

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What are Angora Rabbits?

Angora rabbits are one of the oldest breeds of the domestic rabbits and are commonly known for their long fur which is harvested for high-end wool.

There are several varieties of Angora rabbits. Their docile personality makes them a good option for pets, however, they require frequent maintenance.

Angora Origin

Angora rabbits originated in Angora, the historical name for Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. Angora cats and Angora goats (also known as Mohair goats) originate from the same area.

The rabbits’ popularity blossomed throughout Europe during the mid-18th century as they became a prevalent choice of pet among French royalty. Toward the end of this century, the Angora could be found throughout Europe.

They were first recorded to have entered the United States in the early 20th century. Although the genetic mutation for long fur does occur naturally, Angora rabbits would not survive without human intervention in the present day.

Angora Varieties

The scientific name for Angora rabbits is Oryctolagus cuniculus. There are up to 10 different varieties of Angora rabbit recorded.

However, modern breeding organizations such as the National Angora Rabbit Breeders Club (NARBC), only recognize four; English Angora, French Angora, Giant Angora, and Satin Angora.

A fifth variety, the German Angora, is recognized by the International Association of German Angora Rabbit Breeders (IAGARB).

French Angora

The French Angora does not have any wool furnishing on its front feet, face, ears or head.

The wool of this variety has an abundance of guard hairs (longer hairs that extend beyond the dense undercoat, also known as ground hair).

In French Angoras, the guard hairs make up the majority of the animal’s coat, making them a good option for novice Angora owners as well as an ideal choice for hand-spinners.

The abundance of guard hairs allows for more intensely colored wool as this fur is where the majority of the animal’s coloring comes from.

French Angoras molt naturally so their coat can be harvested by plucking.

English Angora

Also known as the “teddy bear rabbit” they are the only variety that has facial furnishings.

The English Angora’s fur has more underwool to guard hair ratio. Although the English Angora has an adorable teddy-bear like appearance, its need for regular grooming makes it a poor choice as a pet, especially for children.

Satin Angora

Satin Angoras have the silkiest wool of all the Angoras, giving them a unique shiny appearance, commonly referred to as ‘sheen’. These rabbits should be groomed daily to avoid matting, using a slicker brush.

This rabbit’s hair shafts are translucent (this is a result of a recessive gene) and have a smaller diameter than other Angoras. The Satin Angora can produce up to ½lbs of wool per year.

The wool is dense and is easy to harvest. The ARBA accepted Satin Angoras in 1987 which is a result of cross-breeding a French Angora and a Satin rabbit.

Giant Angora

Giant Angoras are the largest of all Angoras and are the only 6-Class animal in the breed.

The fur of the Giant Angora contains three varieties of fiber: underwool; awn fluff and guard hair. The underwool is the most prominent.

The Giant Angora does not naturally shed. Its wool must be harvested by hand shearing. This rabbit was specifically bred by crossing German Angoras with Flemish Giants and French Lops, to create a larger rabbit.

German Angora

German Angoras are often referred to as Continental Angoras to distinguish them from the French and English varieties. This is the breed for major fiber production.

This rabbit does not molt. Their fur is more resistant to matting and does not require daily grooming as with the other breeds, making them a more suitable pet option. These rabbits can produce between 2 ½ to 4 ½lbs of wool per year.

Other identified varieties such as the Korean Angora, St. Lucian Angora, Swiss Angora, Finnish Angora, and Chinese Angora, get little recognition and as a result, minimal information is available for these varieties.

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Angora Characteristics

Angora rabbits are calm and docile. Due to regular grooming, they soon become accustomed to human contact.

Angoras are intelligent and can make good pets if the owner is willing to spend time maintaining them. Size, weight, and color depend largely on the variety of Angora.

French Angora

Size:

  • The second-largest in the recognized rabbits of ARBA.

Weight:

  • This variety can weigh between 6 to 10lbs, with the optimal weight of an adult buck and doe weighing approximately 8lbs.

Color varieties:

  • pointed white
  • self
  • agouti
  • chinchilla
  • shaded
  • wideband
  • ticked

English Angora

Size:

  • Smallest amongst the Angora varieties.

Weight:

  • Junior rabbit’s weight is about 2 ¾lbs.
  • Senior rabbit’s weight ranges from 5lbs to 7 ½lbs.
  • The ideal weight is 6 to 6 ½lbs.

Color varieties:

  • agouti
  • broken
  • ruby-eyed White
  • pointed White
  • self
  • Shaded groups

Satin Angora

Size:

  • Small to medium size.

Weight:

  • Junior rabbit’s weight is about 3 ¾lbs to 6 ½lbs.
  • Senior buck and doe may weigh between 6 ½ to 9 ½lbs
  • The ideal weight is 8lbs.

Color varieties:

  • White
  • broken
  • colored
  • self
  • shaded
  • tortoiseshell
  • ticked
  • wideband color group

Giant Angora

Size:

  • A large type of Angora rabbit

Weight:

  • Junior rabbit’s average weight is about 4 ¾lbs.
  • A senior buck is about 9 to 10lbs.

Color varieties:

  • Only Ruby-eye White (albino rabbit) is accepted by the ARBA. Other colors exist but are not accepted.

German Angora

Size:

  • A large type of Angora rabbit

Weight:

  • The average weight of German Angora is about 5 ½lbs to 11lbs.

Color varieties:

  • Albino color
  • self
  • tortoiseshell
  • agouti
  • wideband
  • Chinchilla color groups

Angora Care

Angora Rabbit Care

If you are considering owning multiple rabbits, they must be kept individual enclosures. Bedding should be avoided as it causes Angora fur to mat.

Dirt flooring is not as ideal as the rabbits burrow, causing their fur to become dirty and matted. Making them difficult to clean. An open enclosure creates a challenge when having to catch rabbits for grooming.

Unlimited hay and water should be readily available. Angora rabbits are at high risk of getting wool block; a potentially fatal blockage in the digestive tract. As rabbits groom themselves they tend to ingest some of their furs.

As they are unable to regurgitate, this fur gets lodged and blocks their digestive tract. This can lead to a fatality as the rabbit cannot defecate nor absorb nutrients.

Wool Block

Symptoms of wool block include; a loss in appetite, misshapen or dry droppings, the increased presence of fur and less frequent passing of droppings. Rabbits affected by wool block should be treated by a vet immediately.

Access to unlimited hay, water and a pelleted diet with a high fiber content aids in preventing wool block and keeping your rabbit healthy and well-nourished.

Rabbits can also have a mineral salt lick available to encourage adequate water intake.  

Fresh fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, bananas and cut green grass should be offered once daily. Fresh cut Kikuyu is an exception and is very good for supplying necessary fiber.

Raw potato, avocado and apple, and pear seeds are toxic to rabbits and must be avoided.

Hygiene

Hygiene is an important factor when caring for any animal. For rabbits, ensure that there are sufficient urine and dung drainage system in place which is cleaned daily to prevent unpleasant smells and flies.

Although Angora rabbits can withstand a cold environment, it is important to ensure that their enclosure is protected from the wind. It should also have adequate ventilation so the rabbit does not overheat in warmer climates.

Other Health Concerns

Angora rabbits are particularly prone to skin and eye infections as their fur easily absorb moisture and does not dry quickly. Due to this, enclosures need a sufficient urine drainage system, and water should not be kept in a bowl that they can bump over.

Hay should be suspended in a rack to avoid the rabbit soiling its food and to prevent excessive matting. Rabbits should be vaccinated against fur mites, myxomatosis, and viral hemorrhagic disease as these are contagious.

If keeping rabbits in a cage, a suspended floor is recommended as it allows waste to fall through. Wire mesh is said to be painless for Angoras as their fur protects their feet.

If keeping a rabbit indoors, ensure space is rabbit-proof and has no exposed wires or plug sockets, etc.

With the exception of the German Angora, all Angora varieties require daily grooming to prevent matting. Wool harvesting, either through shearing or plucking, should be done every 90 days to ensure healthy skin and wool quality.

Angora Fur

Angora rabbits are bred mainly for their wool which has a silky and soft texture. With a low micron count, it can be softer than cashmere. A-grade quality Angora wool can range between 12 – 16 microns. Cashmere wool is 14 microns.

This “golden fleece” of the Angora provides luxury wool for a high-end, niche market worldwide and is 7 times warmer than sheep’s’ wool. It also comes in a variety of natural colors.

If harvested correctly, the harvesting process is painless and can be repeated several times a year.

Whether you clip or pluck depends on the variety of Angora. Wool can be plucked as soon as the rabbit starts molting, or clipped once it reaches between 6 and 10 cm.

If you try to pluck the rabbit and bald patches appear then you must shear, otherwise you will hurt it. Shearing should be done with a pair of scissors and you should leave about ½cm of wool on the rabbit.

Do not clip the face, legs or belly unless matted. Carefully check the matting around the anus and clip if necessary.

Harvesting Rabbit wool

As it is a luxury product, Angora wool is generally too delicate to be used for workwear and is more commonly used for high-end fashion. The wool is light and not very strong, therefore it is frequently blended with stronger, more elastic fibers.

Plucking Angora wool

Plucking is performed by gently pulling on the hair of a molter (a naturally shedding Angora). You can pluck either by hand or with a brush. Brushing is essentially over grooming to remove the molting fur.  

Some owners suggest that you can pluck a non-molter, however other research states that it is best to only pluck molters and shear non-molting breeds.

After plucking, the rabbits may show a lot of pink skin, this normal and only lasts a couple of days. If you are concerned about the rabbit getting cold, you may want to put a small sweater on it.

Shearing Angora wool

Shearing is similar to a human getting a haircut. It is recommended to use a sharp pair of scissors. Some owners prefer to use an electric clipper.

If you choose to do so, ensure you get your rabbit accustomed to the noise and feel of the clipper prior to shearing.

Rabbits are clipped along the back, sides and down to the base of the tail. There is no need to cut the facial and ear trimmings.

Angora breeding

Angoras are either bred for wool production or as pets. Angoras are territorial animals and if housing several rabbits it is advisable to keep them in individual enclosures.

Mating can start from 12 months and last until approximately 5 years. Angoras’ gestation period ranges from 28 to 32 days and litter sizes can vary from between 2 and 9 kits (baby rabbits).

Kits naturally wean at approximately six to eight weeks. Once weaned, they are given the same foods as adult rabbits and are fed according to their weight.

As kits are generally born during the winter months they need to be properly insulted until they have grown enough fur to keep themselves warm.

Breeding as Pets

Whether breeding rabbits for pets or for wool, new genes need to be introduced every 3 to 5 years by introducing new bucks into the rabbit colony. This ensures overall health and prevents genetic disorders caused by overbreeding.

For children wanting a pet Angora, it is recommended to get an Angora which is bred specifically as a pet as the maintenance of wool-producing Angoras can be intensive.

Breeding for Wool

For wool production, mating decisions are made based on wool quality and color. Bucks are chosen to correct a doe’s genetic weaknesses and highlight her positive genetic traits through their offspring.

By abiding by breeder’s standards, a breeder can ensure the best quality wool is produced. For example, breeders’ standards do not allow for white or pied patches on individual rabbits.

To prevent any injuries, introduce a doe into a buck’s cage. Does are territorial and can harm a buck if he is introduced into her environment.

Towards the end of gestation, around the 27th day, place a nest box in your pregnant doe’s cage. You may also want to trim the fur on her belly to assist the kits in finding her teats.

Angora rabbit wool production is an industry that many individuals and animal welfare organizations have had issues with. This is a result of Angora farming taking place in countries with little or no regulations or animal welfare standards.

It is important to carefully follow breeders’ regulations, such as the National Angora Rabbit Breeders Club for specific breeding regulations.

Angora Rabbits FAQ

Do Angora rabbits make good pets?

Although Angora rabbits are generally bred and kept for wool production, it is possible to keep them as pets. They are naturally docile and intelligent.

The majority of Angora breeds, except the German Angora, need to be groomed daily. They also need to be kept away from water and dirt.

Due to their high care demands, some breeders do not recommend keeping them as pets, especially for children. 

Where does an Angora rabbit live?

Historically, Angora rabbits originated from Angora, today Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. They became a popular choice of pet among French royalty during the mid-18th century.

The breed later spread throughout Europe and first appeared in the US in the early 20th century. In modern society, they only exist in domestic environments and are most commonly bred for their wool.

Do Angora rabbits get killed for fur?

With correct farming and harvesting practices, Angora rabbits are not killed for their fur. They are either plucked if they molt naturally, or they are sheared like sheep.

The wool is then spun to produce fine, high-quality wool.

Why do Angoras have so much fur?

Angora rabbits’ fur consists of long guard hairs that protrude above their thick underwool. This fur is easy to harvest and is spun into high quality, fine wool.

Angora fur is less absorbent than other rabbit breeds and does not dry easily. Therefore, Angoras need to be kept away from water as their coats absorb moisture and take longer to dry, causing their fur to the mat.

Is Angora wool expensive?

Good quality Angora wool is rare and difficult to produce. A-grade Angora wool is around 12- 16 microns in diameter, finer and softer than cashmere, and can range in price from 10-16USD per ounce.

Angora wool is delicate. The wool is often blended with stronger, more elastic fibers in the production of garments.

Is Angora wool soft?

A-grade Angora wool can range from 12-16 microns in diameter making it finer than cashmere, which is 14microns in diameter.

Angora rabbit wool is rare and sought after as it is used to produce soft, warm sweaters and other fashion products. The wool is 7 times warmer than sheep’s wool.

Best Table Saws of 2019 – Complete Reviews With Comparisons

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If you are a contractor, repairman, handyman, woodworker, or anything in between, you know that you need to have certain tools among your equipment There are some tools, such as the table saw, that you need to have in order to complete various jobs.

When it comes down to it, without various tools as the table saw, you would not be able to complete the vast majority of jobs. Therefore, you need to get a good table saw, but of course, finding a good one is much easier said than done, but that is what we are here for right now.

Let’s get right to it and help you find the best table saw of 2019.

Best Table Saws Reviews

1. Bosch Power Tools 4100-10 Tablesaw

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If you need a table saw that is highly portable, very durable, and quite functional too, the Bosch Power Tools 4100-10 Tablesaw makes for a great all-round option to keep in mind. It’s not the cheapest table saw around, but it is definitely worth the investment.

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The Bosch Power Tools 4100-10 Tablesaw weighs a total of 60 pounds and it comes with a collapsible stand. What can be said about this table saw is that it is designed to be highly portable.

Simply use the handle and wheels to drag it along and over your job site, then unfold the stand to set up the saw. it really does not get much easier or more convenient than that.

What is quite impressive about the Bosch Power Tools 4100-10 Tablesaw is how powerful it is, especially considering that it is not the biggest table saw around.

It comes with a 4 HP motor and can deliver up to 3,650 RPM of cutting speed. It has more than enough power to cut through some pretty tough materials.

The Bosch Power Tools 4100-10 Tablesaw also has a very good cutting capacity. It features a large work table and comes complete with a side extension which increases the width capacity up to a full 25 inches, which is pretty impressive.

We also want to note that the Bosch Power Tools 4100-10 Tablesaw has a very stable and durable base, as well as a very durable design overall.

To help keep things as accurate as possible, the Bosch Power Tools 4100-10 Tablesaw comes with a self-aligning square lock rip fence, as well as a convenient rip fence scale. It allows you to accurately set this saw for precise cuts every time.

On that same note, this saw also comes with a blade elevation wheel, so you can change the elevation of the blade based on what your needs are. The Bosch Power Tools 4100-10 Tablesaw also comes with a convenient miter gauge with a locking head that can be used for making a cross or miter cuts.

The Good

We like how the Bosch Power Tools 4100-10 Tablesaw has such a large amount of power for such a small and portable table saw. It is a convenient table saw that can easily be taken to and from a Jobsite; it comes at a moderate price and has various features to help maintain cutting accuracy.

The Bad

Something which needs to be mentioned about the Bosch Power Tools 4100-10 Tablesaw is that it does have issues with the motor. You need to take extra good care of it if you do not want it seizing upon you.

Pros

  • Great cutting capacity
  • Lots of RPM
  • Very portable and compact

Cons

  • Some issues with the motor

2. SKILSAW SPT70WT-01 Table Saw

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If you need a table saw that comes at a really great price, the SKILSAW SPT70WT-01 Table Saw might be a good choice for you to keep in mind.

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Something which we want to address here is that the SKILSAW SPT70WT-01 Table Saw does not come with its own portable stand or wheels. The previous table saw we looked at was no better in terms of features or functionality, as far as we could tell, but the price difference can be explained because the Bosch came with a rolling and portable stand, whereas this saw does not.

Yes, the SKILSAW SPT70WT-01 Table Saw is a lightweight and compact saw which is great for the Jobsite; however, you will need a table or a stand to use it, as it does not come with its own.

The SKILSAW SPT70WT-01 Table Saw comes with a powerful 15-amp motor which is quite durable. It can generate over 5,300 RPM of no-load blade speed, which is very impressive for a table saw of this size. It should be able to handle more or less anything that you put in the blade’s path.

The SKILSAW SPT70WT-01 Table Saw does have a great cutting capacity. It comes with an extension wing which effectively increases the rip capacity to 25 inches in width. Also, thanks to the blade-elevation feature, you can adjust the blade and raise it up to 3.5 inches if desired.

Something else you might appreciate about the SKILSAW SPT70WT-01 Table Saw is that it comes with a miter gauge so you can perform miter cuts and crosscuts with ease. The self-aligning rip fence makes cutting very accurate and easy, plus the easy-to-adjust bevel feature is convenient.

All in all, for such an inexpensive Table Saw, we are indeed pleasantly surprised by the high level of functionality and durability it has, not to mention the high level of power that is contained in such a portable and compact package.

The Good

The good part about the SKILSAW SPT70WT-01 Table Saw is that it is very portable and small. Just set it up on a table and you are good to go. Moreover, it is also a very durable table saw which comes with enough power to cut through virtually anything.

The Bad

Something which we do not like about the SKILSAW SPT70WT-01 Table Saw is how it does not come with its own stand or cart. Also, making adjustments can be a bit difficult here as the knobs and levers to do so can be a bit sticky at times.

Pros

  • Small and portable
  • A whole lot of power
  • Very durable
  • Not very expensive

Cons

  • No stand or cart
  • Making adjustments can be hard

3. DEWALT DWE7491RS Jobsite Table Saw

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If you need a strong, durable, and reliable table saw that brings a lot of power to your job site, the DEWALT DWE7491RS Jobsite Table Saw is a great option to keep in mind. It is the most expensive table saw on our list so far, but it also comes with really convenient features that you might like.

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Perhaps our very own favorite part about the DEWALT DWE7491RS Jobsite Table Saw is that it comes with its own folding stand; since it comes with its own stand, you no longer have to worry about having a work table or bench to set it upon. Just unfold the stand, turn on the saw, and get to work.

This is a lightweight and durable rolling stand, which means that it comes with a pulling handle and wheels, so when you are done work, you can simply pull it along instead of carrying it.

As far as convenient worksite table saws go, the DEWALT DWE7491RS Jobsite Table Saw has to be one of the most convenient and user-friendly options around right now.

The DEWALT DWE7491RS Jobsite Table Saw also has a very large capacity for ripping pieces of wood. It comes with a whopping 32.5-inch rip capacity, which is more than any of the other table saws we have looked at so far.

The DEWALT DWE7491RS Jobsite Table Saw also comes with a 15-amp high-torque motor with a heck of a lot of power, one that can deliver up to 4,800 RPM of no-load blade speed.

The rack and pinion fence system is something else that we greatly appreciate about this table saw, as it helps keep your cuts as accurate as can be. Another feature worth noting is the included miter gauge, which allows you to perform miter cuts and crosscuts.

Something else worth noting about the DEWALT DWE7491RS Jobsite Table Saw is that it comes with a 10-inch 40 tooth kerf blade, which is very sharp, durable, and long-lasting.

The Good

The good part about the DEWALT DWE7491RS Jobsite Table Saw is that it comes with its own rolling stand. This is a highly portable table saw that can be easily taken from one Jobsite to another.

Moreover, it is also an ideal option to go with if you need to rip fairly large pieces, as this thing has a large rip capacity. There is also the fact that this table saw is extremely durable.

The Bad

One thing which we are not a huge fan of here is the price of the DEWALT DWE7491RS Jobsite Table Saw. It is quite the pricey table saw. Moreover, the miter gauge is a bit loose and does not work that well at all times.

Pros

  • Comes with its own folding and rolling stand
  • Great motor torque and RPM
  • Very good rip capacity

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Some issues with the miter gauge

4. Norse TS10 9683412 Table Saw

Norse TS10 9683412 Table Saw

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The 3 previous options we looked at were all portable Jobsite table saws, which this one is definitely not. The Norse TS10 9683412 Table Saw is a very large and expensive stationary table saw intended for use in a workshop.

It is large, powerful, and can work with virtually any materials, but it is definitely not a portable option to go with.

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One of the great parts about the Norse TS10 9683412 Table Saw is that it has an excellent ripping capacity. The work table itself is very large, plus you also get an extension wing, for a combined 50 inches of ripping capacity; therefore, if you need to work with very large materials, this is a good table saw to keep in mind.

What you might also like here is the wide-span easy-glide fence system, which is not only very easy to adjust but also super easy to align, thus allowing for very accurate cuts every single time.

Another great feature of the Norse TS10 9683412 Table Saw is the adjustable T-slot miter gauge, which easily allows you to perform a number of jobs including cross cuts, miter cuts, and more. The quick-releasing riving knife is another good feature.

In terms of power, the Norse TS10 9683412 Table Saw is a 3-HP table saw with a no-load RPM of 4,300. It definitely has quite a bit of power, and when combined with its high-quality blade, can cut through virtually anything.

What is also really neat about the Norse TS10 9683412 Table Saw is that you can tilt the blade in either direction so you can make angled rip cuts, something which most of the other models we reviewed here today could not do.

The Good

The good part about the Norse TS10 9683412 Table Saw is its size. If you need a large and stationary table saw that can handle exceedingly big pieces of wood, the Norse TS10 9683412 Table Saw is undoubtedly the way to go. It has more than enough space and power to make completing big jobs about as easy as can be. On a side note, this is also an extremely durable table saw.

The Bad

The thing which makes the Norse TS10 9683412 Table Saw good – its large size – is also something which makes it worse. Simply put, it is very heavy and certainly not portable in the least. Also, it is very expensive.

Pros

  • A whole lot of space to work with
  • Extremely durable and stable
  • Many safety and accuracy features

Cons

  • Not portable
  • Expensive

5. Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw

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The Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw is a nice table saw to go with; it does come at a fairly high price, but it is also one of the more durable and reliable options out there. It is small and portable, which is a benefit to contractors, but it still has a lot of power behind it. In our opinion, it is more than worth the investment.

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The Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw features a powerful 15-amp motor that can deliver up to 4,800 RPM of no-load speed. In all reality, for such a small table saw, it has quite a bit of power behind it.

And yes, speaking of the size of it, this is one of the smaller, lighter, and more compact table saws on our list today. Now, it is very lightweight and compact, so that is a definite bonus in terms of portability. However, do keep in mind that it does not come with its own cart, stand, or table, so you will have to find a space to set it up.

The Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw comes with a great rip fence, one that is very easy to adjust from side to side. This fence allows for a 25-inch rip capacity, which once again, while it may not sound huge, is actually quite impressive for a small table saw like this.

On that same note, we also like the great miter gauge included here, as it is perfect for making a cross and miter cuts, as well as angled crosscuts.

Another cool feature of the Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw is that it comes with a tool-free blade guard assembly, and adjustable dual side guards. The included anti-kickback pawls and riving knife are great additions as well.

The Good

What we do like about the Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw is that it is a very durable table saw. Makita always makes some great products and they have not failed us here.

The Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw is just a very powerful and reliable table saw with a decent rip capacity and ample safety features.

The Bad

Something which we do not like about the Makita 2705 10-Inch Contractor Table Saw is that it does not come with a cart or stand. This is something which we would usually expect to be included, especially seeing as this is not exactly the cheapest table saw around.

Pros

  • Lots of power
  • Very durable and reliable
  • Good capacity

Cons

  • No cart or table

Buyer’s Guide

Before you go out and buy a table saw, there are some important buying considerations you should keep in mind.

Types

The first thing you should keep in mind is that there are different kinds of table saws. These include cabinet saws, contractor saws, benchtop saws, stationary saws, and more. It really comes down to whether you want something big and powerful or small and portable.

Safety

You also want to look for safety features. A good blade guard, anti-kickback pawls, and a quick shutoff button are all things to look for. If you neglect to look out for safety features, table saws can become dangerous.

Fences and Miter Gauge

The next thing to look for when buying a table saw is the fence it has. You want a good fence, something like a rack and pinion fence that is easy to adjust and move. This will determine how accurate you can cut, and it also determines the rip capacity of the table saw. In order to make crosscuts and miter cuts, you do want a decent miter gauge as well.

Dust Collection

Every good table saw needs to come with some kind of dust collection feature. Now, most smaller and portable models won’t come with the vacuum included, but they do usually allow for connections to be made.

Blades

You want to ensure that your table saw has a good blade. A good carbide-tipped blade is a great way to go.

Motor

A good table saw is going to have something like a 15 amp motor that can deliver around 4,000 RPM of no-load speed. The motor is going to make a big difference in terms of what you can cut with the saw.

FAQ

How to use a table saw

Using a table saw is pretty straightforward. Simply set the blade to the right height, the fence to the right position, turn on the blade, and feed the wood through it.

For a better guide on using a table saw, check out the video we have included here.

 

How to make a table saw sled

Table saw sleds are really convenient when you need to work with larger pieces. Check out the included video on a quick and easy sled you can make at home.

 

How to build a table saw work station

Some table saws do not come with carts or tables, which means that you have to make your own work station for them. For more info on how to make your own, check out the included video.

 

How to sharpen table saw blades

Sharpening table saw blades is something that needs to be done properly and safely. For more information on this, check out the included video.

 

What can you do with a table saw?

Table saws are versatile tools that can be used for making rip, cross, miter, square, dado, and rabbet cuts into pieces of wood.

Conclusion

When it comes down to it, we would recommend the DEWALT DWE7491RS Jobsite Table Saw. It may be a bit expensive, but we think that it is the best option around for a number of reasons.

If you want something a bit more affordable, the SKILSAW SPT70WT-01 Table Saw also makes for a good choice.

Best Miter Saws of 2019 – Complete Reviews with Comparisons

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If you are a handyman, DIYer, carpenter, or anything in between, you know just how important it is to have the right tools in your equipment.

After all, you aren’t going to be able to build a cabinet or staircase with just your hands. One of the most valuable and important tools for any handyman is the miter saw.

These are very versatile tools that can perform a number of cuts. Of course, finding the best miter saws for you can be a challenge, which is what we are here to help you with today.

Best Miter Saw Reviews

1. DEWALT DWS779 Sliding Compound Miter Saw

DEWALT DWS779 Sliding Compound Miter Saw

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When it comes to all-round great miter saws, the DEWALT DWS779 Sliding Compound Miter Saw might just be the No. 1 best option right now. It’s a fairly compact and portable compound miter saw that comes with a number of very useful features.

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First off, the DEWALT DWS779 Sliding Compound Miter Saw weighs around 60 pounds, which is really not too bad for a powerful compound miter saw.

Moreover, it comes in a fairly compact package. These two things come together to make this miter saw quite portable and an ideal tool to have if you always move from one job site to another.

The DEWALT DWS779 Sliding Compound Miter Saw features a fairly powerful and reliable 15-amp motor. This motor can deliver up to 3,800 RPM of no-load blade speed.

As you can see, it is actually quite a powerful miter saw. What also stands out about this saw is that it is made to be very durable. It has a very solid base and a metal frame that is built to last.

What is nice about the DEWALT DWS779 Sliding Compound Miter Saw is that it has a great back fence which allows you to cut lumber up to 2 x 16 inches at 90 degrees, or up to 2 x 12 inches at 45 degrees. This saw can swivel 45 degrees in either direction for angled cross cuts, plus it can bevel for bevel and angled crosscuts.

This is a sliding miter saw with a blade rail, which makes cuts very accurate and easy to make.

The DEWALT DWS779 Sliding Compound Miter Saw features a great dust collection system that has the ability to suck up around 75% of all sawdust which is created.

Something else you might appreciate is that this saw comes with a 3-year limited warranty, just in case something goes wrong with it. The included blade guard is a good addition as well, as it helps keep your fingers in one piece as you work.

The Good

We like the DEWALT DWS779 Sliding Compound Miter Saw for a variety of reasons.

First of all, it has a great fence system, and when combined with its ability to tilt and bevel, it allows it to make a wide variety of cuts with ease and accuracy. It is also a very powerful and durable table saw, one that as a lot of capacity and comes complete in a fairly portable package too.

The Bad

Something which we do not like about the DEWALT DWS779 Sliding Compound Miter Saw is that the dust catching system is not the most durable. The tubes used for the dust system could be a bit better, as they have a tendency to crack and break.

Pros

  • Great metal base
  • Lots of power and RPM
  • Great capacity for angled and bevel cuts

Cons

  • Dust collection system could be more durable

2. Delta S26-263L Shopmaster Miter Saw

Delta S26-263L Shopmaster Miter Saw

 

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If you need a very basic and simple miter saw, one that comes at a very affordable price, the Delta S26-263L Shopmaster Miter Saw could be a good option for you.

Now, this is not a compound miter saw, but it does perform normal crosscuts and angled cuts just fine, not to mention that it is lightweight and portable, plus very affordable too.

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The Delta S26-263L Shopmaster Miter Saw is a very convenient miter saw to go with if you are always going from one work site to another. This saw is one of the smaller miter saws out there, and it weighs well under 30 pounds.

This lightweight design makes it an ideal option for contractors who are always moving from one place to another. We like how the Delta S26-263L Shopmaster Miter Saw comes in at a very low price. It’s a good option for basic jobs.

As we mentioned before, this is a miter saw, so it allows you to perform crosscuts with ease. Moreover, it comes with a great fence system and a blade that can be adjusted for the angle. The fence and blade allow you to make angled crosscuts up to 45 degrees in each direction.

The fact that the blade can bevel is great, but do keep in mind that it is not a compound miter saw, so the blade does not be able to tilt.

Something else that stands out about the Delta S26-263L Shopmaster Miter Saw is that it comes with its own dust collection system. Now, it is not the most high-quality dust collection system, but it is still better than not having a dust collection system at all.

Another cool addition to the Delta S26-263L Shopmaster Miter Saw is that it comes with a laser guide so your cuts are always as straight and as accurate as possible. On a side note, the Delta S26-263L Shopmaster Miter Saw comes with extension pieces on each side so you can work with long materials.

The Good

Something which we like about the Delta S26-263L Shopmaster Miter Saw is how lightweight and small it is. If you need a portable miter saw that is a breeze to transport, this is a great way to go. We also like how it is a very affordable table saw, which makes it great for basic and occasional use. Simply put, it’s not the best in the world, but it does get the job done.

The Bad

Something which we do not particularly like about the Delta S26-263L Shopmaster Miter Saw is that the blade cannot tilt.; we would probably like it better if it was a compound miter saw. On a side note, it’s just not the most durable option around.

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Good fence system

Cons

  • The blade does not tilt
  • Durability is limited

3. Bosch Compound Miter Saw

Bosch Compound Miter Saw

 

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In terms of price, the Bosch Compound Miter Saw is so far the most expensive option on our list today.

However, we think that it would be well worth the investment, seeing as it is also one of the most powerful, durable, and versatile options around. It has a lot of useful features that make it well worth the investment.

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One thing that can be said about the Bosch Compound Miter Saw is that it does have a lot of power. It has a great 15-amp motor that can deliver up to 3,800 RPM of no-load blade speed.

It is definitely a powerful miter saw that will be able to cut through most anything which you put in its path. On that point, we also want to note that this Bosch Compound Miter Saw is built with extremely high-quality materials. It has a really solid base and frame, and all components used are tested for durability.

Now, the Bosch Compound Miter Saw is a bit heavy, as it weighs nearly 90 pounds, and it is not the smallest miter saw out there; it is worth noting that this is not the most portable miter saw around. However, with that being said, it does have some other great features which make it worth the investment.

For instance, the Bosch Compound Miter Saw, while it does not come with its own vacuum, does come with a compatible dust chute system that works with most standard dust collectors. The Bosch Compound Miter Saw also has a great cutting capacity. It has a wide 14-inch horizontal cutting capacity, a 6.5-inch vertical capacity, and a 6.5-inch crown capacity.

The blade can bevel to 45 degrees to either side, plus it can tilt to 45 degrees to the right. This is a nice compound miter saw that can perform all of the jobs which any miter saw should be able to perform.

Literally everything about the Bosch Compound Miter Saw, including the guides, scales, and fences, is designed to make this saw highly accurate and help increase its cutting capacity, which is also true thanks to the side extensions.

The Good

The best part about the Bosch Compound Miter Saw is that it has such a high cutting capacity in every direction. For a compound miter saw, it can handle some really large workpieces with ease. Also, it can both tilt and bevel, it comes with great safety features, and it has a really powerful motor too.

The Bad

Something which we do not like about the Bosch Compound Miter Saw is how it is so big and heavy. It is definitely not the first choice to go with if you need something portable, or something affordable for that matter.

Pros

  • Very versatile
  • Great cutting capacity
  • Very durable
  • Great safety features

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Big and heavy

4. Makita LS1040 Compound Miter Saw

Makita LS1040 Compound Miter Saw

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This is another good compound miter saw, a very lightweight and portable option that is perfect for people on the go. What is surprising is that the Makita LS1040 Compound Miter Saw comes at such a low price, although we know that it is not the most durable option around.

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The Makita LS1040 Compound Miter Saw has some great features, and for the low price, this is actually quite surprising. First off, this miter saw has a blade tilt feature. The blade can tilt up to 45 degrees to the left to make bevel cuts, which is convenient.

Moreover, it can also make angled miter cuts because it comes with a fence and pivoting blade system; the blade can pivot 47 degrees to the left and 52 degrees to the right, therefore allowing for quite a wide variety of cuts. We want to note that the Makita LS1040 Compound Miter Saw is fairly small, so cutting capacity is not massive.

That said, we like how the Makita LS1040 Compound Miter Saw is so small and compact, plus it weighs well under 30 pounds. Moreover, when it comes time to go home, the Makita LS1040 Compound Miter Saw folds up into a neat little package that can easily be carried.

So, if you need a really lightweight, compact, and easy to transport miter saw that comes in at a great price, the Makita LS1040 Compound Miter Saw is a good way to go. We also want to note that the Makita LS1040 Compound Miter Saw has a 15-amp direct-drive motor.

It is quite powerful and also very reliable. It can deliver up to 4,800 RPM of no-load speed, which is quite impressive for such a small miter saw.

The Good

The good part about the Makita LS1040 Compound Miter Saw, for one, is that it is extremely affordable, therefore making it a good option for basic jobs and occasional use. Moreover, for such a low price, it is surprisingly functional and versatile, as it is a compound miter saw.

It certainly has some good features for accuracy. Finally, the fact that it is so small and lightweight is great, and you won’t find a better miter saw than this in terms of portability.

The Bad

Something which we do not like about the Makita LS1040 Compound Miter Saw is that it is just not very durable. It does not cost much, but if you need a miter saw for steady use, one that will last you for years to come, this might not be the best way to go.

Pros

  • Powerful
  • Small and portable
  • Good accuracy features
  • Great price

Cons

  • Very limited durability

5. Ryobi 18-Volt ONE Cordless Miter Saw

Ryobi 18-Volt ONE Cordless Miter Saw

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This is a very unique miter saw to keep in mind. It is, in fact, the only option here on our list today which is cordless and 100% battery powered. Many people are going to like this, and all in all, it is not a bad miter saw but does keep in mind that being battery powered does create some limits which corded models do not suffer from.

Product Highlights

The Ryobi 18-Volt ONE Cordless Miter Saw is a really cool option to go with because for one, it is a cordless saw. The fact that you never need to worry about being close to a power source and that you never have to deal with extension cords is a bonus for some.

Now, what you need to keep in mind is that the battery life is not great. This is not a miter saw you would get if you need to use it for hours on end. Sure, the battery does charge really fast, in about 1 hour, but unless you have a spare battery, this still ends up being an obstacle for lengthy use.

The Ryobi 18-Volt ONE Cordless Miter Saw is a decent saw for smaller and simpler jobs. Now, because it is battery powered, it does not have the most powerful motor, nor does it have the highest RPM of all miter saws. So, while it does fine for smaller and more basic jobs, it does not perform too well with large and dense stock.

The Ryobi 18-Volt ONE Cordless Miter Saw comes with a 24 tooth carbide-tipped blade, which is a fairly sharp and long-lasting blade. Something else you might like about this saw is that it is very compact and lightweight; it weighs well under 30 pounds and the unit itself is fairly small. It is a good saw to go with if you need something portable that is easy to take from one place to another.

The other thing that stands out about the Ryobi 18-Volt ONE Cordless Miter Saw is that it can bevel from 0 to 45 degrees, with positive stops at 0 and 45 degrees. The blade can also tilt to 45 degrees in a single direction for bevel cuts.

The Good

We like the fact that the Ryobi 18-Volt ONE Cordless Miter Saw is very small and portable. It’s a good option for being on the go, plus you never have to worry about power cords. The Ryobi 18-Volt ONE Cordless Miter Saw is also quite affordable.

The Bad

What we don’t like about the Ryobi 18-Volt ONE Cordless Miter Saw is that the battery life is not great. It’s not a miter saw you would get for endless hours of use, plus it is not the most durable option either.

Pros

  • No need for power cords
  • Very accurate
  • Portable and lightweight
  • Great price

Cons  

  • Limited battery life
  • Limited power

Buyer’s Guide

Of course, you do not want to just go out and buy the first miter saw that you see. There are a number of purchasing considerations to keep in mind, so let’s go over these.

Weight

One thing to look out for is how heavy the miter saw in question is. The heavier ones are usually more durable, but also less portable, so it really depends on what you need the miter saw for.

Blade Diameter

Another purchasing factor to consider is how big the blade is. Simply put, the larger the blade of the miter saw, the larger the materials you will be able to work with.

Having a small blade diameter is fine for basic jobs, but not the best for large-scale operations.

Speed

The next thing to keep an eye on here is blade speed. The faster the blade can move, the more versatile the miter saw will end up being.

Power

Most standard miter saws are going to come with a 15-amp motor. Anything less than that is not going to be ideal for most purposes.

Dust Bag

You want the miter saw in question to have a dust bag and a dust collection system in place. It just makes life a whole lot easier when cleanup time comes along.

Laser Mount

A laser mount can make a big difference when it comes to cutting accuracy. It is not necessary, but it certainly helps.

FAQ

How to use a miter saw

There are many little components of a miter saw that you need to learn how to use. Check out the video we have included here for more info.

 

How to cut crown molding with a compound miter saw

Cutting crown molding is one of the basic functions of a compound miter saw. To find out how to do this, check out the video below.

How to build a miter saw table

Miter saws need tables underneath them. Check out the video here to find out how to make a miter saw table.

How to change the blade on a miter saw

Changing the blade on a miter saw is not hard. For a step by step tutorial, check out the video we have included here.

How to unlock a miter saw

Unlocking a miter saw needs to be done for various reasons. For information on how to do this, check out the video we have included.

Conclusion

If it is a recommendation you are looking for, we would recommend the Bosch Compound Miter Saw. Sure, it is a bit pricey, but in terms of features, it does also seem to be the best around.

If a cordless miter saw happens to suit your fancy, the Ryobi 18-Volt ONE Cordless Miter Saw makes for a cool choice.

Alibre Design – A Review

There are many options when it comes to 3D CAD, and Alibre Design is a very solid option.

As a former Solidwords user, when I reviewed Alibre Design I was pretty impressed. It is ideally suited for woodworking project design, adding accuracy and precision.

What Is Alibre Design?

For those who are unfamiliar, Alibre Design is an all-inclusive and easy to use 3D software that offers users, especially woodworkers, with plenty of tools to create their designs.

The ability of the software to create designs with a high degree of accuracy ensures that your designs are perfect on the drawing board before you actually set out to make your DIY woodworking project a reality.

The best part about using Alibre Design is that it offers you all the tools you need to build your DIY woodworking project from the ground up with relative ease.

Additionally, Alibre Design features a seamless and highly interactive user interface, which takes all the guesswork out of using the design application.

While there is a definite learning curve, the user interface really helps keep the learning curve to a minimum.

There’s also a drag-and-drop function which is a great addition for those with little or no experience with 3D designing software.

You also get access to the all-important WYSIWYG editor which results in a smoother modeling process.

Why Use Alibre Design?

The following are some of the reasons why you could consider using Alibre Design for your next DIY woodworking project:

User-Friendly Interface

Instead of creating a complex 3D modeling software that you would need to take a short course to learn in order to use, the folks at Alibre decided to come up with one that is user-friendly and sports a clean, and easy to understand user interface.

From the efficient drag-and-drop tool to the WYSIWYG editing tool, Alibre Design was made for the masses.

To use the software, you probably don’t need lessons since it is not a steep learning curve.

And, the excellent part is that just because they are so inexpensive doesn’t mean that they aren’t valuable.

Alibre Design makes the whole process of designing your next DIY woodworking project extremely easy.

Superior 3D Modeling Tools

While there are plenty of free 3D modeling tools out there that you could use, most of the freeware applications aren’t that powerful or efficient when it comes to delivering end results.

Fortunately, that’s not the case with Alibre Design.

The software provides you with the designing tools you need to build your design from the ground up.

In fact, the number of features and tools that the application provides are enough for any professional CAD designer or the weekend warrior to appreciate.

Other features that the application offers include robust sheet metal modeling and precise renders, along with mesh data support.

What more could you ask for?

If you are a woodworking enthusiast who loves taking on DIY woodworking projects on the weekend and appreciate the attention to detail, then you are going to love all of the amazing features that Alibre Design has to offer.

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For the DIY woodworking enthusiast, there’s nothing better than having a way to visualize your project before you take out the saw and hammer. If Alibre isn’t your style, or you’re looking for an excellent free option, see the software recommend for most woodworkers here.

DraftSight – A Review

If you are a fan of drafting out your creations on a digital format before taking on a DIY woodworking project, then DraftSight is an application that should be right up your alley.

DraftSight is one of the most powerful 2D design and drafting software available. The free version cannot be used for 3D drafting.

The CAD software has been specifically designed to help users create impeccable 2D drawings along with taking on complex DIY woodworking projects.

Why Use DraftSight?

One of the main reasons why it would be a great choice for woodworking enthusiasts is because it allows users to open and save both DXF and DWG files.

Apart from that, users can also save their designs and drawings in various other formats, including .pdf, .jpeg, .svg, .png, and so on.

Additionally, the software allows users to attach drawings from external references which are supported as well.

What makes DraftSight unique is that the 2D CAD software offers features that are aimed at improving the designing results of DIY woodworking enthusiasts as well as professional CAD designers.

If you are looking for a 3D option though, Drafsight is NOT the choice for you! For 3D drafting, we 100% recommend Sketchup Make.

Highly Interactive

DraftSight is an efficient and accurate 2D CAD design software that makes for an easy drafting solution.

What sets this software apart from the rest is its user-friendly interface which makes it easier for you to design and draft using the software.

You also get access to the Cartesian Coordinate System which happens to be one of the most sought-after features of the program since it allows users to take advantage of numerical coordinates to help them organize items or find out the accurate lengths of their drawings.

Design Accurately Using Entities

The design software has been built using entities.

This allows DIY woodworking enthusiasts to add special setups and displays to their drawings.

What this means is that you are allowed to include lines, tables, points, masks, and arcs to your drawings.

This alone is a great feature to have, especially considering DraftSight is a free program.

It is every bit as powerful as the AutoCAD version I used in college for 2D. In fact, it was released for free by SolidWorks, a popular 3D drafting program – virtually forcing AutoCAD to move into 3D modeling or be left behind.

There are paid plans now, but the free version has a LOT of functionality. I’ve never needed to upgrade to the paid options.

Further Customization Using APIs

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the program allows you to customize and automate further using APIs.

The integration of APIs to the software’s interface means that users can now use them to speed up the drawing process while drafting more accurate 3D models.

Thanks to the powerful tools of DraftSight, dimensioning, scales and output have never been easier for the DIY woodworking enthusiast.

Batch Printing

Another feature that makes DraftSight stand out from the rest is its ability of batch printing.

With this feature, the user is able to send not just a single drawing but a whole set of drawings to their printer so that they can get printouts in batches.

This makes the process much quicker, especially if you are a woodworking enthusiast who prefers to make quick changes on-the-fly.

Additionally, users can also view and track all of their print outs using the Batch Print List, where all of the information on their batch printouts have been saved.

PDF Underlay

DraftSight also offers a feature called PDF Underlay.

The feature allows users to attach multiple PFD documents to their drawings using the AttachPDF command. This makes it easier to attach notes or view their work in the PDF format.

Overall, DraftSight is a great software for professionals as well as DIY woodworking enthusiasts looking for design software that enables them to create accurate drawings in 2D.

If you’re interested in the software we recommend the most, check out this review.

SketchUp Make vs. Alibre vs. DraftSight

There are plenty of CAD tools available in the market today, and all of them have their pros and cons. But how do these applications measure up when stacked against each other?

Here, we compare the three most popular CAD software used by professionals and DIY woodworking enthusiasts.

DraftSight (free version)

If you’re a student or someone who is looking for reliable 2D design software to take on a DIY woodworking project, then DraftSight is probably one of the best options available because it’s free to use.

DraftSight doesn’t offer many features, but the ones that it does offer are useful and make it easy to create 2D models.

While it doesn’t run LISP routines and does not feature any express tools either, it does allow you to open and save DWG and DXF files and carry out batch printing.

It also has a large design library, which always helps.

For 2D drafting, Draftsight is very suitable and capable even for medium complexity projects.

SketchUp Make

If you are looking to create quick 3D concepts, then SketchUp Make is going to be your best choice. It’s a great tool for creating concepts and schematic designs in phases.

SketchUp is the ideal application for those who do not have any prior experience with drafting, but are creative in their designs. This is one of the reasons why SketchUp Make is used by those working on DIY woodworking projects.

The software features easy to import and export features that also include CAD files. Unlike the tools provided by DraftSight, here you get a list of intuitive tools.

SketchUp also requires fewer operations in order to generate a solid design as compared to other similar tools. This makes it the perfect option for DIY woodworking enthusiasts.

Alibre Atom3D (Hobby Version)

Alibre Atom3D hobby version has been created specifically for hobbyists and those who like to take on DIY woodworking projects.

One of the main drawbacks of Alibre is its limited amount of integration. This means you can only work with the software on Windows.

Another downside of Alibre Atom3D is its steep learning curve, which means that it takes users a lot of time to figure out how to use the tools if they have not used 2D software before, which is a stark difference from SketchUp Make’s user interface that is easy to grasp and understand.

Our Choice: SketchUp Make

The SketchUp Make is the obvious choice for those who use 3D modeling software, and especially those who like to take on DIY woodworking projects.

SketchUp files that are 2D and 3D designs can be edited within it and saved as a 3D .stl with a Kernal downloaded and appended to SketchUp.

There are also some beautiful creations that someone has taken weeks to create that can be used by those taking on DIY woodworking projects.

You can buy the .stl skin saved as a SketchUp file format. Import the file into SketchUp then delete everything except the design without resaving.

This alone makes it a useful tool for DIY woodworking hobbyists to have. Check out our Sketchup Make Review here!

What is PVA Glue?

If you work with wood, paper, boxes, and everything in between, chances are that you have had to glue these things together and seal them. You might think that there are no many options out there when it comes to glue, but this is definitely not so.

When you go to seal or glue together various pieces of wood, and other such materials, you can’t use your average stick or white glue that you would have used back in elementary school for arts and crafts.

However, this is why PVA glue was invented. It is very useful, as it contains a special blend of ingredients, with one main active ingredient which makes the ideal choice for both exterior and interior woodworking projects.

Let’s take a closer look at PVA glue, what it is, and what it is used for.

What Is PVA Glue?

What is PVA Glue

Make no mistake about it, this is not the average glue that you would use in school for arts and crafts. PVA glue is a very special type of glue that is designed to be better, faster drying, stronger, and much longer-lasting than your average bottle of Elmer’s school glue.

PVA stands for polyvinyl acetate, and this is a specific type of aliphatic resin. Polyvinyl acetate is a water-based resin and it is used as the active ingredient in wood glue, also known as carpenter’s glue.

One of the reasons why PVA glue has become so popular is due to the fact that it is non-toxic, and is therefore used in a wide variety of applications, especially when it comes to sealing paper, timber, boxes, and more. There are two main types of PVA glue: white PVA and yellow PVA glues.

The yellow variety of this glue tends to be fairly pricey, which is why many people will avoid it.

The white PVA glue is much more affordable and is therefore usually the main choice for interior works of all sorts.

However, what does need to be kept in mind here is that the white PVA glue will get weaker over time if exposed to moisture.

This is a problem which the yellow PVA glue does not suffer from, therefore making it the go-to choice for exterior woodworking projects, and other wood related sealing projects.

What to Look for When Buying PVA Glue

buying pva glue

Before you go out and buy just any PVA glue for woodworking or similar projects, there are some things that you should look for. If you are doing DIY or woodworking projects professionally, or anything in between, you want to find the best PVA glue for the job.

So, what do you need to look for when buying PVA glue?

Compare the types

Something you need to do before you buy any PVA glue is to compare the different types which are available. This is going to make a big difference in terms of how well it works for the job at hand.

There are 3 major types of PVA glue. The first is your normal PVA glue, which is easy to find, relatively inexpensive, and is the best option around for paper sealing.

It is most often used for binding books, gluing paper together, and for wallpapering. It is white in color and dries very fast.

The second type is polyvinyl acetate wood glue, and as you can probably tell by the name, is used for woodworking projects – when you need to glue pieces of wood together. It absorbs into the wood very well, therefore creating a really good bond between various pieces of wood.

The final major type of PVA glue is PVA water-resistant glue, and as you can tell by the name of it, is best used for exterior wood joinery, as it is very resistant to water and harsh weather conditions, but don’t mistake this for being 100% waterproof.

Know what you need it for

Now that you know what the different types of PVA glue are, you now need to consider the job you are planning to complete with them. Once you figure out your needs, you can then choose the type of PVA glue that is going to work best for you.

Pricing and third-party reviews

Of course, you also want to look at the price of the PVA glue in question. There are some pretty major price differences when it comes to this glue.

If you are just sealing up some paper and boxes, using a cheaper PVA glue, such as basic white PVA glue is going to do just fine. However, if you are doing a woodworking project, especially for exterior purposes, you are going to want to spend extra on the yellow water-resistant PVA glue.

On that same note, the brand name can also make a difference between one glue and the next, so it is always wise to read reviews and see what other people have to say.

Who knows, you might have two types of glue, one which is more expensive than the other, but has worse reviews than the cheaper one. You want to know what other people have to say before you get started here.

The Main Benefits of PVA Glue

glue benefits

PVA glue really is quite special, and it comes with quite a few benefits that you may never have considered. These benefits are quite diverse in variety and type.

Simply put, there is a good reason as to why people who join paper, boxes, or have to join wood with glue will use PVA glue, rather than any other type. So, what are the main benefits of PVA glue?

PVA glue does not turn yellow over time

If you have used other glues before, you have probably noticed that they yellow over time. Due to exposure to sunlight, moisture, and other elements, many types of glue that start out being white, will then turn yellow over time.

This can be a big drawback in terms of aesthetics; nobody wants their art project or wood joinery to have discolored and yellow glue visible. This is a big benefit of PVA glue, as it will not turn yellow over time, therefore preserving beautiful aesthetics in a variety of projects.

PVA glue remains flexible after it dries

Another problem which many other types of glue suffer from is that they become rigid and inflexible as soon as they dry. Depending on the project you are working on, this can be a problem.

Sometimes things need to be able to move and flex a bit because if a pressure of any kind is applied, and the glue cannot flex at all, it will break and the two pieces will come apart.

This is another major benefit of PVA glue, as it remains fairly flexible over time, and therefore allowing some pressure to be applied, and some movement to occur, without automatically breaking, snapping, and coming apart.

PVA glue is non-toxic – for the most part

non-toxic glue

If you have used other glues before, you probably know that most of them are toxic. Now, we are not talking about eating and ingesting the glue, as even most kinds of PVA glue is toxic when eaten, at least to a certain extent.

However, there are many types of glue which can be absorbed through the skin and are toxic in this way. On that same note, many types of glue release toxic fumes that can also be harmful when breathed in.

Either way, most types of glue out there, besides low-grade non-toxic Elmer’s School Glue, should not be handled without a mask or gloves. This is not the case with PVA glue, as it is perfectly safe to handle with your bare hands, it does not give off noxious fumes, and is non-toxic overall.

Beware that PVA glue is still toxic when eaten, so it should still not be ingested. On a side note, even if the fumes were not poisonous, many types of glue give off fumes that can cause headaches, and at the very least, really stink up a room, and even cause projects to smell bad.

This is something which PVA glue does not do.

It does not break down over time

Yet another benefit of PVA glue is that it really does not break down over time, at least not nearly as fast as other types of glue. This is something that comes in handy when you are woodworking and doing projects for outdoor purposes.

Most types of glue will suffer from problems with mildew, heat and cold can easily break them down, as can moisture and bad weather in general.

Even time alone will cause most types of glue to break down. However, this is not the case with PVA glue. If applied right, and if it is a high-quality PVA glue, hot and cold, time, weather, and everything in between should not cause it to break down.

PVA glue is not invincible, indestructible, or everlasting, but when it comes to how long it can last, it is absolutely the prime choice over many other types.

It dries clear

Yet another benefit that comes from using PVA glue is that it helps to preserve the aesthetic qualities of whatever project you are working on. PVA glue may look yellow, or at least certain types do, but in the end, it will dry clear.

This makes it a go-to choice for many woodworkers and people who do arts and crafts. Simply put, nobody wants to use glue for a project that is going to dry yellow.

It certainly would not look very nice, which is why clear-drying PVA glue is a go-to choice for all kinds of projects that require gluing.

PVA glue does not affect pH balance

When it comes to sealing boxes and paper, PVA glue also comes with the benefit that it does not affect the pH balance of paper or boxes. There are certain types of glue which will adversely affect pH balance, and this can cause a weakening or degradation of the materials being glued together.

At the very least, it will cause changes in the colors of the items being glued together. This is a problem which PVA glue does not suffer from.

PVA glue is ideal for joining wood

The other main benefit of PVA glue is that it is great for gluing wood together. Normal glue will simply sit on the surface of the wood and really does not do the best job at joining.

However, good PVA glue absorbs into the wood and therefore does a much better job at joining the pieces together than any other type of glue.

As you can see, PVA glue comes with many benefits for woodworking projects, box, and paper sealing too. It’s one of the best options out there.

The Most Important PVA Glue Tips

Important PVA Glue Tips

PVA glue is a really great innovation. If you do not know what it is, PVA stands for polyvinyl acetate. It is a special kind of resin which has been added to glue, and it comes with many benefits.

PVA glue is most often used for wood joining and paper sealing because it has various benefits which make it ideal for these tasks. However, using PVA glue is not 100% foolproof, and does take some knowledge to use properly.

This is what we are here for today, to provide you with some PVA glue tips so you can get the best results possible.

PVA glue really is a godsend when it comes to woodworking projects, wood joining, paper sealing, and boxing too. However, PVA glue is not 100% perfect and this means that you do have to use it in a certain way to get the most out of it.

Although PVA glue is great, there are still a variety of tips that you want to follow to make it work for you as well as possible.

So, let’s go over the most important PVA glue tips that you need to follow right now!

Works best on Non-Porous materials

When you are using PVA glue, especially with wood, it works best on porous materials. PVA glue is great for joining wood because it can somewhat absorb into each piece of wood it touches.

Therefore, when you use PVA glue for wood joining, there is a really solid and good bond formed. However, this is not always the case.

When using PVA wood glue, you always want to make sure that the wood you are joining is just slightly porous.

Works best on rough/uneven surfaces

The glue has a better chance of creating a strong bond if there is a certain level of porosity on each surface, as it can really get into all of those little cracks and uneven surfaces.

Simply put, PVA wood glue will work better if there is a bit of an uneven surface to cling onto.

So, when using PVA glue to join wood, try to make sure that you don’t sand down the wood first, at least not too much, and definitely do not try to use PVA wood glue over already-treated wood, such as wood that has been treated with a waterproof coating.

Do the cleanup while it’s still wet

The next tip that you should beware of when it comes to PVA glue, is that it does clean up fairly well with warm water and some strong soap.

Now, if the glue is already dry, chances are that you won’t be able to get it off easily. However, if it is still wet, some warm water and soap will do a great job at removing it, especially from your skin.

Normal PVA glue is not particularly water-resistant, so if you need to remove dried PVA glue from a surface, hot water and very strong soap might work, but not always.

There is, of course, water-resistant PVA glue out there, which will be nearly impossible to remove once dried; in other words, make sure you apply it to the right places before it dries.

Use Clamps

Use a clamp to join the pieces of wood together as the glue is drying.

PVA glue works best when there is even pressure applied from each side, such as if you have the two pieces of wood clamped together in a vice or clamp.

This pressure helps the glue absorb into the wood and to form a tight and solid seal that is not going to come apart.

Works best in cool/climate-controlled spaces

It sets best in a cool and air-conditioned room.

PVA glue will still set in a warm and humid environment with no air movement. However, it will take a fairly long time to dry and fully set, and the bond it creates will not be as strong as it could otherwise be.

When using PVA wood glue, you should always ensure that you are in a space that is air-conditioned, fairly cool, dry, and has some air movement.

The drier the air, the cooler it is, and the more air movement there is, the better the PVA glue will set to create the best and strongest bond possible.

PVA Glue is not waterproof or water-resistant

PVA glue is not waterproof, or even water-resistant. Normal white PVA glue should only be used for paper sealing, box sealing, envelopes, wallpapering, and arts and crafts.

However, there is yellow PVA glue out there, specifically water-resistant PVA glue, which does better with moisture.

Keep in mind that even this is not 100% waterproof, but it does a better job at standing up to moisture than normal PVA glue.

White PVA Glue has a longer shelf life than Yellow

PVA glue has a bit of a longer shelf life than the yellow PVA glue. So if you have some lying around, make sure to look at the label and confirm that the glue in question has not yet expired.

Know your types

There are 3 major types, these being PVA, PVA wood glue, and PVA water-resistant glue.

Make sure to know the differences so you don’t use the wrong one – check below for our guide to the different types of PVA Glue.

There you have it, the most important PVA glue tips that we can give you. If you follow these tips, you should have no problems when using PVA glue.

The 3 Types of PVA Glue

Types of PVA Glue

If you have ever used any kind of glue before, you know that your average glue is not the best around. When you were back in school, do you remember using those glue sticks, white liquid glue, or maybe even glue from a hot glue gun?

Those work fine for basic arts and crafts in school, but beyond those things, your average white, stick, or hot glue is just not that good.

This is why polyvinyl acetate into glue was created, what we now know to be polyvinyl acetate glue or PVA glue for short. This is a great type of glue that has many different applications due to a multitude of benefits that comes with it.

However, when it comes to PVA glue, there are actually 3 different types. The 3 types of PVA glue are what are here to differentiate and discuss right now.

PVA – Polyvinyl Acetate Glue

The first kind of PVA glue is your normal PVA glue. This glue is white in color, and it dries clear. Because normal PVA glue dries clear, it is often used for a variety of paper- and box-sealing purposes.

It is also used as an adhesive for envelopes. The main purpose of PVA glue is for paper and box sealing but has also been used for similar purposes. One of its big benefits is that it remains flexible after drying, which is a benefit that makes it ideal for envelopes and other such things.

Moreover, it is non-toxic and does not release harmful or noxious chemicals, therefore making it much safer to use than other glues.

This is also why it is used for wallpapering because when you put wallpaper up, you definitely do not want to be standing a room full of noxious fumes.

There is also the fact that it does not turn yellow over time, something which can put a real damper on your wallpaper or arts and crafts projects. Nobody wants a glue that is going to turn yellow over time.

PVA Wood Glue

PVA Wood Glue

The second type of PVA glue is PVA wood glue. As you can probably tell by its name, the PVA wood glue is for woodworking and carpentry projects.

One of the main benefits and reasons why PVA wood glue is used for joining wood is because it does a great job at adhering to and absorbing into porous surfaces like wood. Therefore, it creates a much better seal and bond than most other glues could ever hope to achieve.

On that same note, PVA wood glue also does not break down over time like other glues do, therefore making it ideal for woodworking projects that are intended to last.

Moreover, since it does not turn yellow over time, it also helps to preserve the aesthetic qualities of whatever it has been used on.

Finally, another benefit of PVA wood glue is that it also remains slightly flexible over time. Thus, it allows the wood to be joined together so that a bit of pressure can be applied, and minimal movement can take place, or in other words, wood pieces won’t snap apart due to just a bit of pressure being applied to them.

PVA Water Resistant Glue

The third and final main type of PVA glue out there is PVA water-resistant glue. This is the most expensive and hardest to find a variety of PVA glue, but for all intents and purposes, it is also the best kind to use for most projects.

As you can probably tell by the name of it, it is water-resistant. Therefore, it is most often used for woodworking and wood joining projects where the final workpiece is intended to be placed outdoors.

Water-resistant PVA wood glue has an unparalleled ability to resist moisture and harsh weather conditions, therefore making it more than ideal for outdoor use. Of course, it also comes with all of the other benefits of the two other types of PVA glue we have talked about so far.

It may be the most expensive kind to go with, but if you are doing wood joining with the end goal of having the project outside, you absolutely need to use this kind of PVA.

What Is PVA Glue Used For?

PVA glue uses

There are many different types of glue out there. You are probably familiar with the glue sticks that you used back in elementary school for arts and crafts, as well as that slimy white Elmer’s glue. Perhaps you have even used a hot glue gun before as well.

However, there are other types of glue, some more expensive and specialized types of glue. One of these special types is PVA glue, otherwise known as polyvinyl acetate glue, and it comes with a list of benefits which make it ideal for various projects.

So, why would you buy PVA glue, and what is it used for? We are here to answer your questions about it.

Main Uses of PVA Glue

PVA glue is a special type of glue, and it comes with a list of benefits that make it worth using for a variety of projects. PVA glue is used for a wide variety of projects and purposes due to its various benefits.

So, what is PVA glue used for, and why is it ideal for these uses?

Woodworking and wood joining

One of the biggest and most widespread uses for PVA glue is in the world of woodworking and wood joining. PVA glue has various properties which makes it ideal for joining wood together, better than many other types of glue out there.

For one, it dries clear, which means that it won’t ruin the look of a completed project.

What is also true is that if you are looking to preserve aesthetic qualities, PVA glue is also ideal for woodworking because it does not turn yellow over time.

There is also the fact that PVA glue does not break down due to various elements like other glues do, and therefore, when you join wood together with PVA glue, it stays that way until you decide to rip it apart, something which is not easily done.

On that same note, PVA glue remains quite flexible, even long after it has dried, which means that wood which is joined together with PVA glue, can handle some pressure and flexing without coming apart.

Finally, the right kind of PVA glue can also absorb into the wood to a certain degree before it dries, thus forming a really tight and secure bond which other glues just cannot create.

On that same note, there are special types of PVA glue which are highly resistant to water and the elements, thus making it ideal for joining pieces of wood that are to remain outdoors.

Book-binding

book binding

Another primary use for PVA glue is to bind books and similar things. The reason for this is because PVA glue, for one, is non-toxic (unless ingested).

This means that you can handle a book which has been bound with PVA glue without fear of absorbing dangerous toxins through your skin. Moreover, PVA glue will also not affect the pH balance of the paper, therefore helping to preserve its integrity and color.

PVA glue is also more or less odorless, which is great because you won’t be able to smell the strong smell of glue when reading your favorite book.

Paper adhesive

PVA glue is also often used as a simple paper adhesive. It might be a bit too expensive to use for schoolwork or for simple paper glue, but there is much-specialized paper adhesives purpose for which PVA glue can be used.

Envelope adhesive

The glue which is on envelopes is likely to be a PVA glue. Once again, PVA glue is flexible when dry, so an envelope can remain fairly flexible, thus protecting it during shipping and mailing. Moreover, the PVA glue, when only licked to get it wet, is not toxic.

Older envelope glues were actually toxic, and when too many were licked, have actually resulted in serious illness.

This is not a problem any more thanks to the fact that PVA glue is now used as an envelope adhesive. Because PVA glue is odor-free, does not affect the pH level of the paper, and dries clear, it is used for envelopes.

Wallpaper adhesive

Another use for PVA glue is for gluing wallpaper to walls. Once again, because it dries clear and does not turn yellow over time, it is great for wallpaper gluing.

You don’t want to be using glue that turns yellow over time for wallpaper, as that yellow color will eventually come through and ruin the look of any wall.

Moreover, when you are applying wallpaper, you do not want to be using glue that gives off toxic fumes, smells horrible, and is poisonous to the touch. For these reasons, PVA glue is a prime choice for wallpaper.

Arts and crafts

Arts and crafts

Now, this might not be the case for your basic arts and crafts projects in elementary school. However, there are lots of professional artists and crafters who use this adhesive either for a hobby or even for a living too.

No matter which arts and crafts you are making, you cannot use glue that turns yellow over time and is inflexible. Your projects would certainly not end up looking very good, or smelling very good for that matter.

Repair jobs

Finally, PVA glue is used for all kinds of repair jobs related to wood. If a piece of wood snaps or something comes apart, PVA glue can be used to put it all back together.

As you can see, PVA glue has many different uses. It doesn’t turn yellow over time, it dries clear, it is not toxic, doesn’t give off fumes, it is great for joining wood, it doesn’t break down over time, and so much more.

For these reasons, PVA glue can be used for a wide variety of jobs where other glue just wouldn’t work.

Conclusion

The bottom line here is that PVA glue is a really great innovation that comes in handy in many fields of work. Whether it comes to boxing, sealing paper, joining wood, and even for extensive arts and crafts, you really won’t find much better than PVA glue.

Just remember that there are different types of these glues, so be sure to choose the one that is intended for the project you are working on.

The 3 main types of PVA glue, while all being fairly similar in nature, do have minor differences in ingredients and composition, thus making each of them ideal for slightly different jobs.

PVA glue is best used for paper and box sealing, as well as for arts and crafts. PVA wood glue is best used for joining pieces of wood in various carpentry projects, specifically for projects that are to remain indoors.

Finally, PVA water-resistant glue is best used for joining wood that is meant to be outside, as it is water-resistant and therefore ideal for outdoor use.

Before you go out and buy any kind of PVA glue, consider what job you are looking to perform and what you want to achieve. You don’t want to end up buying the wrong PVA glue for the job at hand.

What is Polycrylic and How Should I Apply It?

If you are a carpenter, woodworker, DIY person, or anything in between, if you work with wood, you know that it has to be specially treated to endure. Wood pieces have to be finished with a special layer to add protection from moisture, light, and the elements.

Using a finish on the wood is also ideal because it helps protect the paint underneath and keeps colors vibrant and intact for much longer than they otherwise would.

A good finish can even help add some color and/or gloss to the mix as well. One of the best types of finished and protective agents for wood is Polycrylic.

Today we want to talk all about Polycrylic, what it is, how to use it, how it is applied, and much more. Let’s get right to it and tell you all about this awesome protective and finishing agent for wood.

What is Polycrylic?

Technically speaking, Polycrylic is a water-based protective coating. The main purpose of Polycrylic is to protect the wood. Polycrylic comes available in a variety of finishes including high gloss and satin finishes.

Not only does Polycrylic come with the benefit of protecting wood pieces from various forms of damage, like water damage, but it also helps add some beauty to the mix too.

Depending on the type or color of Polycrylic you use, it can help add some nice color or a glossy finish to your wood pieces. Polycrylic is often used as a finish for things like doors, cabinets, furniture, and other pieces of wood.

Types of Polycrylic

There are two main types of Polycrylic that you can use:

  1. spray-on or aerosol Polycrylic
  2. roll-on Polycrylic

Spray-on Polycrylic

Spray-on Polycrylic

Spray-on Polycrylic is a good option to go with if you just want to apply a thin layer really quickly. It sprays out of an aerosol bottle and is quite easy to apply. This ease of use is probably its biggest benefit.

It does dry very fast because it comes out in a thin layer, but applying a very even layer, especially without getting air pressure marks, can be a bit difficult.

There is also the fact that aerosols in spray cans are not very good for the environment, plus these aerosol Polycrylic cans are usually fairly limited in terms of quantity. It is best used for smaller projects.

Roll-on Polycrylic

Roll-on Polycrylic

On the other hand, you have roll-on Polycrylic, which usually comes in a can just like paint. These cans tend to be fairly large and they are best used for larger projects.

There are also more varieties of roll-on Polycrylic. However, the downfall of a roll-on Polycrylic is that it is hard to apply without noticeable brush strokes.

It also dries very fast, so when using a brush or roller, you have to be very quick to get the right look before it dries.

What Polycrylic Is Recommended?

There are several different brand names of Polycrylic available, but our personal favorite is a popular one in the industry for good reason. It works well, is competitively priced, and available in a multitude of finishes, colors, aerosols, and cans.

Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish

The product we would most highly recommend is called Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish. For $20, you get a full quart of Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish, which is a really great price for quite a large quantity.

Next, keep in mind that this is the roll-on variety, so you need to use a brush or roller to apply it to wood, just like you would with paint or varnish. For this reason, this particular product is best used for larger projects and for flat pieces of wood.

Furthermore, this particular Polycrylic is very fast drying and it only takes a few minutes to begin setting. So, while you do have to work fast to apply even and good looking layers of it, it does dry fast, which many views as a bonus.

Now, keep in mind that Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish goes on clear, and dries clear. It features a crystal-clear finish and it does not provide extra color or any kind of gloss.

Therefore, while it is not the best for adding aesthetic qualities, it is a really good option for protecting your woodwork pieces for light and moisture damage, and to keep the paint underneath intact for a much longer time than without the finish.

What is also nice, is that this finish is very easy to clean up with some soap and warm water, at least when it is still wet.

Pros

  • Very fast drying
  • Provides ideal protection for wood
  • Good quantity for a great price
  • Cleans up easily

Cons

  • Not ideal for very small and intricate projects
  • Requires a brush and/or roller to apply

Why Apply Polycrylic?

Let’s quickly talk about why you should apply Polycrylic to your woodworking projects.

Polycrylic is a protective layer, which is something you should apply to your woodworking projects. It forms a solid seal over any piece of wood and therefore protects your projects from damage that can be caused by temperatures, water, and light.

Polycrylic is a good option because you can find clear, satin, and glossy finishes. Simply put, you could use the clear variety to protect the paint underneath, or you could use the glossy or satin options for something more glamorous or ornate. 

How Long Does it Take for Polycrylic to Cure?

How Long Does it Take for Polycrylic to Cure

Applying Polycrylic and letting it cure does take some knowledge. Polycrylic is very fast drying, much faster than most other finishes or varnishes, but that said, it does not dry or cure instantly.

First, whenever you are using Polycrylic, it is always recommended that you apply 3 layers, as 1 or even 2 will usually not suffice. Polycrylic will dry to the touch within about 30 minutes, and it can then be handled about 1 hour after application.

However, keep in mind that you should recoat it, and you can apply the second coat of Polycrylic 2 hours after the first application, and then repeat this for the third coating as well.

After you have applied the third and final coating of Polycrylic, you should wait for at least 24 hours to fully cure. So, generally speaking, depending on how much you applied, it should take roughly 24 hours for Polycrylic to fully cure.

How to Apply Polycrylic

Let’s quickly go over exactly how you need to prepare a surface so you can apply Polycrylic. It might sound complicated, but there is actually not all that much to it.

Repair dents and cracks

Before you apply Polycrylic, you need to repair any dents and cracks that may be in the wood piece. If you are creating a new piece, there should not be dents or cracks, but if you are working on an older piece, then this does need to be done.

You don’t want it seeping into cracks, as this will result in uneven application.

Clean the surface

The other thing that you need to do before applying Polycrylic is to clean the surface. You do not want any dust, dirt, or other debris getting stuck under it.

Once that stuff is stuck under the Polycrylic layer, it is there for good; not only will it look bad, but it will also create streaks during the application process.

How to Apply Polycrylic Spray

When using the aerosol variety of Polycrylic, first off, be sure to follow the steps above in terms of making sure there are no cracks and cleaning the piece.

The aerosol variety is very easy to apply, but be sure to read the instructions on the specific product you have, as different products have different guidelines.

Generally speaking, you want to hold the spray about 1 foot away from the piece and apply an even layer, making sure that you are somewhere with no or minimal airflow.

You will also want to wear a protective breathing mask when doing this, just so you do not inhale any. This is best used for smaller projects.

How to Apply Polycrylic With a Brush

Applying Polycrylic with a brush is also fairly easy and straightforward. Once again, you want to clean and repair your workpiece before applying Polycrylic with a brush.

When doing this, you want to use a high-quality synthetic brush. Now, the hard part here is avoiding streaks and brush marks.

To avoid brush marks, make sure to use a high-quality and fine bristle brush, make sure to only apply the Polycrylic in a single direction, and always go with the grain of the wood.

Do not apply too much pressure to the brush, and make sure to only apply a thin layer. It is better to use 2 or 3 thin layers, rather than a thick layer at once.

Tips For Applying Polycrylic Over Paint

Yes, it is possible to apply Polycrylic over paint, but it is a little bit tricky. What you need to do is apply 2 or 3 layers of the paint before you get started. Make sure that the paint is totally dry.

Now you want to use very fine sandpaper, just to sand it a little bit in order to get some texture going on the paint. Normal dried paint is too smooth and the Polycrylic will not stick right, so sand it slightly.

Other than that, applying Polycrylic over paint is the same as applying it on unfinished or unpainted wood.

Tips for Applying Polycrylic Over Stain

Once again applying Polycrylic over stain is the exact same as with applying it over paint. Just make sure that the stain is completely dry and that you have a couple of layers of it.

Lightly sand the stain to create some texture, and then apply the Polycrylic using the techniques we discussed.

Can You Paint Over Polycrylic?

Technically speaking, yes you could paint over Polycrylic, but it is somewhat pointless. The whole point of Polycrylic is to be a protective coating over wood and paint, so painting over it is somewhat counterproductive.

Applying Polycrylic Over Vinyl Decals

Yes, you can apply Polycrylic over vinyl decals. Keep in mind that normal decals can be easily removed from most surfaces. However, if you go over vinyl decals with Polycrylic, they are there for good. The Polycrylic will seal the decals in place and you won’t be able to get them off again. If this appeals to you, just ensure that you follow proper brushing instructions to prevent visible streaks.

Alternatives to Polycrylic

There are some alternatives to Polycrylic, but quite honestly, we would recommend using Polycrylic over all alternatives. You could go with polyurethane, which can be oil-based, whereas Polycrylic is only water-based. There are also bio-paints, Candelilla wax, and various oils that can be used.

Additional Tips for Working With Polycrylic

  • Always use Polycrylic in a well-ventilated area. It has some pretty strong fume
  • Always wear a face mask when using the aerosol variety. You don’t want to inhale the fumes
  • Always allow Polycrylic to cure for a few hours more than the label instructs, just to be sure that it has set properly
  • Keep some warm water and soap nearby, because if you apply it wrong, you will want to wash it off before it dries
  • Make sure to use Polycrylic in a fairly cool and dry environment. Too much heat and moisture will cause the Polycrylic to take much longer to dry and cure
  • When using Polycrylic, never use a wet brush, as this will negatively affect the consistency and overall efficacy of the product
  • Whenever possible, Polycrylic should be the final layer, not an intermediary layer

Conclusion

There you have it – everything you need to know about Polycrylic – what it is,  how to use it, tips, and more. It really is a great type of finish to use on wood, so give it a try.