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Shellac Tiger Flakes from Tools for Working Wood

For me, shellac is a lot like grits. When prepared correctly from quality materials, the results are stunning. But if you buy your grits or shellac already made up, or they are old, or they aren’t top quality, you are going to wonder why people rave about the stuff. I’ve never had satisfactory results...

Chemical Ebonizing

Chemical Ebonizing ?A sure-fire recipe for turning any wood deep black. By Richard Tendick Remember the old slogan, “better living through chemistry”? When it comes to turning wood black—a process called ebonizing—I prefer the chemical approach, which uses solutions made from vinegar, steel wool and tannic acid. Watching them transform an ordinary wood, such...

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An (Inadvertent) Breaking of the ‘Rules’

The first tenet of “I Can Do That” is that all projects we build for it must be doable with the modest (but decent) set of beginner tools we’ve identified, and for which we’ve provided instruction in the free “manual” (that can be dowloaded for free on the “I Can Do That” page). Sure,...

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The Trouble with VOC-compliant Finishes

When it comes to finish, I want something that is easy to apply, offers a little protection and doesn’t require spray equipment. And once I find a finish I like, I tend to be pretty loyal. I used Minwax’s Antique Oil Finish almost exclusively before a friend turned me on to Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish...

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20 Finishing Tips

20 Finishing Tips Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com. Make dewaxed shellac Take the wax out of shellac and you have a great sealer that’s compatible with most other finishes. It’s best to get this “dewaxed” shellac as dry flakes that you mix with denatured alcohol. Usually you have...

Basic HVLP Spray Techniques

Basic HVLP Spray Techniques How to succeed at spraying a waterborne finish Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com. When it comes to finishing, we’re all looking for easy answers that give professional results. Shooting waterborne finishes with a high volume, low pressure (HVLP) turbine sprayer is quick and safe...

Aged Cherry Finish

Aged Cherry Finish Wipe on years of age in a few easy steps. By Tim Johnson Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com. If you want to make a woodworker gnash his teeth, ask him to make new cherry look like cherry that has aged naturally to a rich, brownish...

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Not-So-French Polishing

Not-So-French Polishing A new twist on an old method of applying shellac. By Richard Tendick Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com. You’ve spent weeks, or months producing that perfect table from a very special wood, and now it’s time to apply the finish. What do you reach for? If...

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Wood Finishing 101 – The Step-by-Step Guide

Here’s a great gift idea! Save 31 percent on Flexner’s latest must-have book on finishing. Wood finishing doesn’t have to be complicated or confusing. It can be “boiled down” to simple step-by-step instructions. And that’s what this book offers; no science, no art, just easily-to-follow directions with lots of pictures to show you every...