Q&A with George: Finish for Kitchen Tables & Precise Cutting

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Al stopped in the shop recently and had a few questions for George. He was looking for help choosing the best finish for a kitchen table he’d recently completed; how to get more precise cuts; and how to best calculate angles. George provided answers for Al that might help in your shop, as well.

Finishing

Knowing how to finish wood is, possibly, more important than knowing how to make the project. No one wants to lose the countless hours that have gone into making a woodworking project by choosing the wrong finish, or not applying the finish correctly. In addition to helping Al decide on the best finish for a kitchen table, George provides application tips, too.

Precision wood cutting

Woodworkers sometimes struggle with accuracy. There are a handful of things that can be done to help with this. From pencil selection to pencil sharpening tricks to marking knives, George provides Al with some cool ideas that’ll help you do precision wood cutting in your shop, too.

Knowing the angles

Laying out angles can be tricky, and confusing. George explains how to calculate angles, and goes on to show some great tools that can be used for laying out and measuring angles. You may not have known it, but even the miter gauge from your table saw can be a great lay out tool.

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One Response to “Q&A with George: Finish for Kitchen Tables & Precise Cutting”
  1. John

    When I took Mechanical Drawing in high school, it was important to always have a sharp point. We were taught to twirl the pencil in our fingers as we drew a line. This help to keep the point sharpened much longer. This is especially useful on long lines.
    Now, I use a .5 mil mechanical pencil. 🙂

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