Finishing

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  • Homemade Wood Finish

    George has developed a homemade wood finish that he has been using for decades. His homemade wood finish puts a great layer of protection along with warm, lustrous glow onto his turned pieces. He uses this homemade wood finish for bowls as well as spindle projects, and has had great success with this approach. The…

  • Cabinet Doors Without Striped Panels

    Have you ever seen a cabinet door that had an awful looking unfinished stripe on one or both sides of the door? Yuck! Striped panels appear because wood expands and contracts due to seasonal fluctuations in humidity. One important piece of knowledge that every woodworker has to have is that this seasonal movement is unavoidable,…

  • Make Curly Maple POP

    Have you ever seen a piece of curly maple with a flat surface that looked like it was actually sculpted and contoured? This curly maple finish effect is caused by the way that light interacts with the different grain patterns in the curly material, and many woodworkers agree that is one of the most spectacular…

  • 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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  • Achieving a Mirror-Smooth Finish on Epoxy

    If you’ve worked with resin you know that it can be tricky to get a mirror-smooth finish. You’ll see and feel all forms of imperfections including pits, bubbles, waves, and bumps. You’ve seen a smooth finish in resin, however, whether it was in an Instagram photo, video, or a piece that you saw at a…

  • How to Safely Fume Your Furniture

    If you want your craftsman furniture to stand out, nothing beats the beauty of fuming your wood instead of staining your wood.

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  • George’s Secret Finishing Recipe

    Finishing is an aspect of woodworking that can be challenging for many of us. Choosing the wrong finishing products, and applying them using an approach that isn’t ideal for the product, can diminish the quality of even the best project. George has used a wide range of finishing approaches over his years in the craft,…

  • Sign Painting: Sealer Prevents Paint Bleed

    Making signs on a CNC is a fun process for hobbyists, and can be a great money-making service for professionals. Sign painting is a nice way to make those characters “pop” from the background, and ensure that your sign is noticed by passers-by. With sign painting, however, there can be challenges with paint bleeding. The…

  • Painting a Sign: Masking for Two Colors

    Sign making is a great area within woodworking. Most of us have the tools and the fundamental woodworking skills to produce creative custom signs that people love. In order to fully customize the look of your sign, it’s a good idea to apply some color. This can give it the special look that you’re after,…

  • Mixing Resin the Right Way

    Resin, also called epoxy, has really taken the woodworking world by storm. Lots of woodworkers have become intrigued by resin and what it can add to their projects. This medium provides lots of room for creativity, but if it isn’t used correctly, there can be a myriad of problems. It all starts with making sure…