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Those who build projects out of mesquite may appear a little nuts to woodworkers who are used to the likes of cherry, walnut, oak, and similar woods. Mesquite’s beauty comes from a different breed of criteria other than clear wood.  Namely the worm holes, splits, checks, knots, and bark inclusions that characterize the tree and her
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width=”853″ height=”480″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”>   1. Start with your project idea It can be a full plan or just a simple sketch   2. Make a parts list Then determine the board footage of each part   3. Add it up Then estimate a waste factor for some margin to work with Don’t Like Math?
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width=”800″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Arguably, the best part of quarter sawn white oak is its surprising figure. Before you finish your quarter sawn white oak projects, consider how to make that beautiful ray figure look its best. The good news is that you have several simple techniques that provide impressive results. It takes no special hard-to-master
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What do these lumber fractions mean? 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4, 10/4, 12/4 In short, these fractions are the names for the thickness of hardwood lumber. The thickness is expressed as a fraction, and goes in increments of quarters of an inch. However, this fraction is more of a name than it is a precise measurement. It
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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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  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”> 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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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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