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Fuming Tent Construction

Kitchen ammonia is too weak to efficiently fume your woodworking projects. However, working with 26-30% ammonia can be dangerous. This fuming tent construction plan provides a safe environment to fume your Arts & Crafts furniture. It’s easy to assemble and knocks down to put away when not in use.

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Graco TrueCoat II Review

I have tried practically every method of finishing, but waterborne finish technology continues to evolve, keeping me on my toes. Clients recently requested flat panel cabinet doors and end panels to replace their existing ones, but they wanted lacquer-like smoothness with an environmentally friendly finish. Balancing all of the variables like cost, durability, ease of…

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Ask WWGOA: Buffing Compound

Question: Saw your video on finishing wood pens with CA and stick buffing compound. My question is this: what type and brand name is the buffing compound I should use? Submitted by anonymous Answer: You can find stick buffing compound at most woodworking retailers, and also on line. Check out amazon.com for white buffing compound…

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New Product: Mixing Mate

This looks, to me, like a great problem solver from Rockler. It’s the Mixing Mate. It’s job? To help you thoroughly, and neatly, mix finishes before you apply them. It’s like a blender for your shop. The Mixing Mate is available in two sizes, quart and gallon, and will go directly on top of the…

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An “Authentic” Arts and Crafts Finish

There is actually no single, authentic, “Arts and Crafts finish,” rather many different schools of thought and technique that comprise the totality of the discipline. It seems that people are looking for that radiant, reddish chocolatey finish when uncovering an antique Stickley chair at a garage sale. In my research, I found the original Stickley…

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Painter’s Pyramids – Reworked

It’s a simple enough concept. Elevate your work above the bench when you’re finishing, and you’ll get to the finish line faster. You can apply finish to the back, flip the project, and get started on the front without standing around watching finish dry. Plus, it’s just plain easier to finish your projects when they’re…

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Minwax Water Based Wipe-On Poly

I was excited to try this stuff when I first saw it on the internet. My reasons? Well… since moving my shop to our home, I can no longer use “stinky” finishes, plus, I really like the smoothness of wipe-on finishes, and I especially like the look of clear water-based finishes on unstained wood–so this…

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