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Finishing Tips & Project Help from Your Friendly Lumber Supplier

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width=”800″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Curly maple, tiger maple, fiddleback maple and quilted maple (various names for different types of figure found in maple lumber) have to be some of the more interesting woods to finish because you can take a board from mild to wild with the simplest of techniques. Here are just a few of them.
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Step 3: Seal the dye with a thin coat of Zinsser SealCoat or another compatible sealer. After it dries, check it for areas that need to be sanded smooth and sand carefully.

  If you’ve seen our other tutorial on three tips for finishing mahogany, you’ll start to notice a basic four-step formula I like to employ to arrive at certain colors and characteristics: Dye Sealer Glaze Clear finish That’s it. Does it seem like an arsenal of chemicals? Believe it or not, the steps go quickly, and it’s actually
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Sapele lumber with finish

width=”750″ height=”422″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> It’s easy to love sapele lumber, especially for furniture and cabinetry. The wood is well-mannered when it comes to machining and working it with hand tools, making it a pleasure to use in woodworking projects. But it’s also downright beautiful with flowing ribbons of stripy figure trailing from end to end
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width=”853″ height=”480″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Start with a project idea, plan or simple sketch Make a parts list, and determine the board footage of each part Add it up, then estimate a waste factor Don’t Like Math? Here’s An Easier Way: Download our “Project Planner” worksheet (.xlsx file) In an ideal world, you wouldn’t buy lumber for a project
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width=”853″ height=”480″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> In This Video You’ll Learn About: Distressing alder Highlighting distressed marks with glaze Blotch-free staining with dye to achieve a custom color Glazing to create color tone over dyed wood Since alder is such an easy wood to shape and distress for rustic woodworking projects, it’s no wonder that it’s the most popular choice for
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When you’re building a project out of a knotty or rustic wood like alder, pine, mesquite or hickory, you can give those boards a fantastic boost in stability and appearance by filling the cracks with wood filler, glue mixed with sawdust or epoxy. Probably other substances, too. For this demonstration, we’re working with clear two-part liquid
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The vivid orange color of African padauk wood is, yes, 100% natural. And therefore it has a mind of its own. As a project made with African padauk ages, the orange color of the wood usually turns dark – sort of a maroonish brown – and depending on your taste you’ll either find that objectionable
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This ash door is

width=”800″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> It’s so easy to stain and dye ash to create the color you want because it’s so pale in color and because it doesn’t blotch. Sure, you could finish this wood with a totally clear finish no problem. But that’s not what we’re going to share today. Instead, let’s look at
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width=”800″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> You can get a magnificent effect by making ash totally black – also known as ebonizing. That’s because the wood has a large open grain, much like red oak, and you can make that texture show through while ebonizing the wood. The result is an astonishing juxtaposition of a 100% black color
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width=”800″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Stop right there. Before you finish your quarter sawn white oak projects, consider how to make that beautiful ray figure jump out. The good news is that you have several simple techniques that provide impressive results. It takes no special hard-to-master technique, or an arsenal of chemicals, or a new set
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Man measuring wood in wood shop

width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Around the world, there are over 32,000 Little Free Libraries installed in 70 countries – this is the remarkable story about the very first one and how it ignited a worldwide thrill for sharing books and expressing creativity. A Little Free Library™ is just a neighborhood book box for free book sharing.
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When you spend $2000 on a new a table saw, chances are it will come with a mediocre blade. And you’ll probably endure that blade until it’s too dull to tolerate, then you’ll finally decide to dip into the lumber budget to buy a new one. That’s when you’ll discover a sea of choices, and the experience will probably
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