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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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Did you know that one out of six children who do not read at age level by the end of third grade will not graduate from high school? In fact, in middle income neighborhoods, there’s a ratio of 13 books for every child. Regretfully, in low-income neighborhoods the ratio is alarmingly backwards: 300 children for every one
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Woodworkers from all over the Phoenix metro area put their skills and creativity to good use by building “Little Free Libraries” in our latest woodworking contest. And you should really come see the projects! These small outdoor bookcases encourage literacy, neighborhood sharing, and when installed they add a sense of friendliness to the community. In
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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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We’ll have prizes for the top 10 voted projects, with the first prize being a bench top router table from Kreg The first Little Free Library was build by Todd Bol – he put it in his yard and the popularity of the concept took off around the world Little Free Libraries can be any
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First thing’s first. A woodworking contest is never fair. You build things out of wood usually to make your home (or someone else’s home) beautiful and unique, not to get a prize. So it takes a lot of courage for people to take a project they’ve built, hand it over to us to display, and
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A couple times a year we host a simple woodworking contest by establishing a project theme and a deadline — then we wait. Every time we do this,  the truth is I’m simply blown away and tongue-tied by the vast array of entries we get to see. It’s a delightful surprise to see the creativity
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So what’s the big deal about CNC carving, anyway? In the early days of the technology, it was big, heavy and expensive stuff – if you wanted precision and reliability. But today things are very different thanks to the Oliver Intellicarve, which is a table top sized CNC carver that’s quite affordable, surprisingly simple to use,
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