How to Hack DIY Woodworking Handicrafts Like a Pro

When it comes to woodworking, most people shy away. They think it requires a little muscle. The truth of the matter is that it doesn’t. All you need to know is how to hold the tools and when to use them. DIY projects involving woodworking can be the best ideas, especially in your home. Let me share with you my all time favorite tips and tricks for DIY woodworking handicrafts.

Understand the Different Types of Wood

If using hardwood, a DIY project is not something you wish to venture unless you have a certificate in masonry. However, you can easily hack DIY projects with soft wood. The secret is to cut along the grain. The best wood to use for DIYs is plywood. It comes with a finished look, and the boards are easy to cut through and assemble.

Create Excellent Finishes

The beauty of wood is that you can choose to leave it as it is or polish up with paint or varnish. For the paint option, remember to use oil based paints. They give the best results. If you decide to leave the wooden appearance as it is, don’t forget to make the edges smoother. Because of this, a sander is always good to have no matter what project you’re doing.
Another way to create excellent finishes is by using wallpapers. For best results, use non-woven wallpapers. You stick them on the wood using glue. Then follow the bond using a smooth ruler. This helps you to avoid air bubbles as your wallpaper adheres.


Play Around With Patterns

You might think there is not much to do with wood, but you’ll be surprised at how many unique designs you can play with. Pyrography is the official name for wood art. All you require is a solid-point burner which in this case is called a pyrography pen. Think of it as a wood soldering iron.
The tool uses heat to embed the words or artistic images on your piece of wood. The results will amaze you. An important tip to note while using a pyrography pen is that the longer you let the pen remain in contact with your piece of wood, the darker the resulting image will be. In case you think that would be too expensive for a simple DIY project, well, you are wrong. You can easily find inexpensive pyrography pens.

Invest In A Little Technology

Did you know you can create amazing 3D designs by the use of software? According to the Wood Designers, computers have rapidly started to replace hand tools. Start by installing the software and play around with the tools. You’ll get a full report on the final look, dimensions, and angles required. Consequently, you get an easier and precise plan to work with.



Global warming has become a real threat in the recent times. You can make a change by reducing your carbon footprint. And recycling bits and pieces of timber around your home is an excellent place to start. For this, you need to buy a bottle of conta-glue and a roll of good quality wood lipping. These will create seamless joints for your pieces of wood. And it’s also easier to work with smaller pieces than it is to cut a big chunk of wood.

The Bottom Line

Once you master the above hacks, wood projects will be a walk in the park for you. And the best part is that there are many diverse uses of wood. Remember for any DIY project; simplicity is key. If you don’t like the look, you can always transform wood into something fancier.


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Rizoblog, Mission and Schedule

Modernity vs. Tradition

All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober ‎senses, his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind.‎
– Karl Marx

What’s Our Story?‎

It was 3 months ago when I received a job offer from an online market ‎specialized for Persian arts and crafts, handmade home accessories and ‎Iranian artworks. Six months even before that, a carpet company asked ‎me to help with their website design and social networking, and that ‎was the first of many times I thought of ideas to introduce Persian arts ‎and crafts to the rest of the world; Something that filled me thrill and ‎excitement. Now that a way had opened to do something real about ‎everything I imagined all this time, I was in. I accepted the offer.‎

To reach our goal, there were and still are many challenges to face. But ‎why do we care so much to take it all in and face them? Why is it so ‎important for us to get the world to know Persian arts and crafts? In ‎fact, not even two members of our team will give the same answer. ‎Each of us are interested to working in this field for a completely ‎different reason, and based on that, each of us has a different idea on ‎how to make progress toward our goals.‎
Some of us want to redesign and modernize the handicrafts; some ‎rather preserve the tradition but fit it in the modern lives. But what ‎keeps us all together is the value we give to art, the love we have for the handmade vs. machine made and the respect we believe the craftsmen ‎and artists deserve.‎

Who Are We?‎

Rizo is a trading company for Persian arts and crafts. Various teams ‎work on Rizo, each concentrated on a different field. We have already ‎introduced Rizo on our website, so maybe it would be better if we ‎answered another question: Who are the social networking and ‎blogging admins?‎

Navid Kakoli

My name is Navid Kakoli, and my specialty in Rizo is marketing ‎strategy. As my field is somehow related to all the other fields, I try to ‎be in touch with all the teams. In the case of content production, I ‎analyze the statistics, SEO, and develop the content production ‎calendar.


Fatemeh Azimi

Our main blogger is Fatemeh Azimi. I knew Fatemeh as a creative girl ‎who knows how to make awesome crafts. That was why I asked her to ‎write posts on DIYs in the first place. But soon I found out that she also ‎has a vast knowledge about pottery, woodcarving and carpet weaving ‎and can therefore cover a wide range of our favorite topics.‎


Maryam Moghadas
I knew Maryam Moghaddas, our other blogger from years ago. I was ‎already aware of her proficiency in English, French and Turkish. Given ‎the quality of her writing and translation along with an interest in ‎craftiness, she seemed an ideal choice for translating our posts and ‎content production of social networks. With Fatemeh and Maryam ‎joining Rizo, the core of content production team was now complete.‎


What’s the Schedule?‎

Every Sunday, we publish a new post. You will also see one or two ‎additional posts every month, which you can be notified for if you ‎follow our facebook page. The topics will involve home décor, fashion ‎and modern lifestyle, along with Persian arts and crafts and ‎introducing Iranian artists and craftsmen. We will also dedicate one or ‎two weeks each month to creative DIYs.‎

What’s Our Goal?‎

Last week, I traveled to Neyshabur for a business trip. I got to know a ‎carpet weaver and seller with lovely rugs and kilims. He knew so much ‎about each rug, its weaving techniques, and the story behind it. Among ‎many stories he told me that day, the strangest one was the story of an ‎exquisite kilim with 480 thousand knots in each square meters. Not one ‎of its colors was industrial; each and every color was extracted from a ‎mountain plant. The old woman who had woven this kilim 20 years ‎ago, hadn’t use any pattern; it was all in her mind. For 15 months that it ‎took her to finish the rug, she imagined the pattern day and night, ‎never drawing it on paper. With the old woman passing away, there is ‎no one else today who can weave a similar carpet, and with the ‎industrialization going on, it is unlikely that anyone will ever spend 15 ‎months to weave a rug.‎
This blog will be written for a modern world, but introducing these ‎cultures, traditions, arts, and bringing them to the modern life, this is ‎what we will not miss!‎

How to Be In Touch?‎

If you have any particular suggestion, are interested in temporal or ‎permanent cooperation with our team, or would like to get in touch for ‎any other reason, please visit the contact us page.‎