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  • How to Weather Wood

    Have you ever wondered how to weather wood? Sometimes a project calls for a weathered look that just cannot be created with new wood and conventional finishing products because our typical finishing approaches render a look that is, well, just too new. Sure, you can sometimes find weathered wood for sale that has been salvaged

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  • Making Homemade Wood Stain

    There are many ways to color wood, with the most common approaches being the use of commercially available wood stains and dyes. Over the years WWGOA has provided you with tons of tips for choosing the best wood stain, and has even demonstrated the making wood stain from plants. But now George has discovered a

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  • Mineral Oil on Wood

    Simple Trick for Dispensing Mineral Oil on Wood

    Why put mineral oil on wood? The biggest reason is that it’s an excellent food-safe finish. For many woodworkers, mineral oil is the go-to sealer for cutting boards and wooden kitchen utensils; anything that may come in contact with food. It’s so easy to apply, easy to get (any pharmacy will have it, or you

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  • Great Finish Tips Using an HVLP Sprayer

    Have you ever tried to spray latex paint through an HVLP sprayer? If so, were you happy with the surface finish that you were able to achieve by using the paint directly out of the can? It can be humbling and downright frustrating to say the least. The HVLP sprayer struggles to fully atomize the

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  • Techniques for Painting MDF to Get an Antique Finish

    Many woodworkers have a love/hate relationship with MDF. The good news is that it’s very inexpensive, and machines well. The bad news is that MDF isn’t much to look at. This leaves a lot of woodworkers wondering about techniques for painting MDF. Antiquing The real gee whiz part of the technique we’re teaching in this

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  • “Rock” Your Next MDF Project with Textured Paint

    MDF is a popular material to use for a variety of woodworking projects because it is inexpensive, dense, extremely flat, can hold a crisp edge and comes in large sheets for efficient material use. All of these attributes make it desirable for use in cabinetry, shop jigs, and also projects created on a CNC. As

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  • HVLP Sprayer Techniques for Your Woodshop

    If you’re making woodworking projects, you need to put finish on them. This may have you interested in an HVLP sprayer for your shop. HVLP (high volume low pressure) sprayers have really advanced in recent years. One of the largest benefits of HVLP is the limited overspray you get when using them. The package The

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  • How to Prevent Corning when Sanding Shellac | WWGOA

    Prevent Corning When Sanding Shellac

    Shellac is a great finish, and can be used for many different aspects of finishing. However, some woodworkers run into problems when sanding shellac, such as corning. Corning is when gobs of finish start to stick to your sandpaper. This isn’t good, and can quickly ruin a finish. Corning Causes What causes corning to happen?

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  • Benefits of an HVLP Spray Gun

    Benefits of an HVLP Spray Gun

    Are you mystified by HVLP spray gun systems and the multiple controls that spray guns have? We’ll walk you through the benefits that a turbine provides, and the finish control provided by the air cap, fan width and spray volume. SprayPort 6000 Series and Pro-8 provided by Earlex. For more information, visit www.earlex.com.

  • Tips for Choosing Aerosol Tips

    Tips for Choosing Aerosol Tips

    George Vondriska teaches you how to choose the type of aerosol can tip you plan to use for finishing your woodworking projects. Various nozzles have different shaped tips, so the spray comes out in a unique pattern. You should be aware of the tip that you are using before you go to apply your aerosol

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