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  • AW Extra 9/13/12 - Restore an Antique Oak Table

    by Tim Johnson     Friday, February 20, 2009
    Restore an Antique Oak Table Thoughtful finishing and new leaves prepare this classic for the next 100 years. By Kevin Southwick This old table looks like a prime candidate for refinishing. Strip off the old finish, sand out all the dings and scratches...
  • Tips for Finishing Cherry

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, June 21, 2011
    Tips for Finishing Cherry Oil it, spray it, shellac it, or glaze it. This is how to make cherry look great. By Tim Johnson Cherry is gorgeous wood, but as you’ve probably discovered, it can be nasty to finish. Cherry boards come in all different...
  • AW Extra - Aged Cherry Finish

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, June 23, 2011
    Aged Cherry Finish Wipe on years of age in a few easy steps. By Tim Johnson 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 hue. Why is this challenge so agonizing...
  • Iron Out Those Dents

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 12, 2011
    Iron Out Those Dents Here’s a classic tip that everyone should know: It’s not hard to make a dent in wood and fortunately, it’s not hard to get one out, either. All you need is a household iron (don’t worry, it won’t get...
  • Repair a Water-Damaged Finish

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 3, 2011
    Repair a Water-Damaged Finish Work miracles on wood with oxalic acid. By Kevin Southwick Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . Watering a potted plant can be disastrous if the plant lives on top of something...
  • Brushing Shellac

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 11, 2011
    Brushing Shellac Apply shellac like a pro. By Mitch Kohanek If you aren’t brushing shellac these days, it’s either because you’ve never tried it or you’ve had a bad experience. Let’s see if I can change that. The number one...
  • Not-So-French Polishing

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 19, 2011
    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...
  • Aged Cherry Finish

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 19, 2011
    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...
  • Basic HVLP Spray Techniques

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 19, 2011
    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...
  • 20 Finishing Tips

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 19, 2011
    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...
  • Tıps & Techniques for Fantastic Oak Finishes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, April 9, 2012
    Tips & Techniques for Fantastic Oak Finishes By Dave Munkittrick Like a movie star, oak possesses natural good looks. Unlike a movie star, however, oak is easy to work with—even during finishing. Oak’s distinctive grain pattern (see photo...
  • Chemical Ebonizing

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, April 10, 2012
    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...
  • AW Extra 7/11/13 - Brush-On Finish the Easy Way

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, March 21, 2013
    Brush-On Finish the Easy Way Thinning the poly is the secret. By S. Lloyd Natof Finishing is a challenge—right? It’s one thing to get a nice finish on a small, flat sample board, but good luck with those inside corners, vertical surfaces,...
  • AW Extra 8/15/13 - Easy Rub-Out

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 3, 2013
    Easy Rub-Out Three quick steps to a silky-smooth finish. By Kevin Southwick Brushed-on finishes such as varnish provide superior protection, but they dry so slowly, airborne dust and renegade hairs are almost sure to settle on the damp surface. Fortunately...
  • AW Extra 8/22/13 - Cherry Finish for Birch Plywood

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 3, 2013
    Cherry Finish for Birch Plywood Achieve rich, warm color without blotching in 4 easy steps. By Kevin Southwick If you've ever stained birch plywood a dark color, the results were probably so blotchy and difficult to reverse that you vowed, “Never...