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width=”853″ height=”480″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Wood finishing is a mystery to many woodworkers. But I think this video above will help communicate the essentials to the craft of applying a nice, smooth, clear protective finish on a piece of furniture. Basically: apply light coats, let each coat dry thoroughly between coats, scuff before applying a fresh coat, and
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width=”853″ height=”480″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> I recently built my own standing height desk, and this video will show you a little more about it. Like many furniture projects I started out looking for one to buy. As you probably know, buying furniture is an uninspiring event in which you discover: nice furniture costs money sometimes more money
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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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width=”853″ height=”480″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> The Basics: Start with a project idea, plan or simple sketch Break the project into its parts, 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
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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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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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intellicarve

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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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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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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tropical

width=”800″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Tropical walnut might be a new wood to you, and that’s okay. This is a type of walnut that grows in Ecuador, Peru and Colombia, and happens to be a close relative of American black walnut. The two woods have similar color, hardness, and general working characteristics – they’re both rather nice
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