• Apply finishing tape
    2:51

    How to Apply Finish to a Table

    Wood finish can be tricky. It’s nice to have techniques to help you out. Here’s my approach to finishing tables. It doesn’t matter what your finish method is-brush, wipe on, spray-this will help you out. Start with screws The table starts upside down on the bench but, while the finish is still wet, it’ll get…

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  • Aquacoat samples on wood pieces
    7:54

    Fall 2021 Product Showcase: Aquacoat

    Do water-based finishing products provide the same protection as solvent-based products? Spoiler alert…yes. We did the KCMA (Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association) test on three Aquacoat products, and they passed with flying colors! The test Grab some kitchen items you’d hate to have spilled on a table and we’ll get the test going. We’re using grain…

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  • Bowl and bottle of liquid
    4:08

    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…

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  • Cabinet door
    3:44

    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,…

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  • Piece of wood
    5:03

    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…

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  • Blue epoxy
    3:30

    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…

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  • Crack in wood
    6:20

    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,…

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  • Sign painting
    3:48

    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…

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  • Painted Official Rules Sign
    4:48

    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,…

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