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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Tips & Techniques for Fantastic Oak Finishes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, October 29, 2009
    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...
  • 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 3/14/13 - Super-Smooth Poly Finish

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, September 10, 2009
    Super-Smooth Poly Finish A defect-free finish, even with a brush By Eric Smith Polyurethane is a tough, high-quality finish, ideal for tabletops and other surfaces that take a lot of abuse. But no matter how clean your finishing area or how good your...
  • Outdoor Finishes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Sunday, March 2, 2014
    Outdoor Finishes Simple to Super Durable by Brad Holden Outdoor finishes have one thing in common; they all require maintenance. Of course, paint is unequaled at protecting the wood from its two biggest enemies: moisture and ultraviolet (UV) light. Moisture...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 1/10/13 - Repairing Finishes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, August 10, 2009
    Repairing Finishes Rescue battle-scarred finishes with ordinary materials. By Bob Flexner Revive a dull finish All finishes dull as they age, but you can usually bring back their shine. The easiest way is to apply paste wax. If the dulling has progressed...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tips for Finishing Walnut

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 6, 2011
    Tips for Finishing Walnut THERE’S NO DENYING that most walnut looks great with nothing more than a few coats of oil. Here we’ll show you some tricks to make your walnut projects look even better. by Jeff Gorton Make Sapwood Disappear Even...
  • 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,...
  • 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...