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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Q & A: Why Does My Wood Have Stripes?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 12, 2013
    Why Does My Wood Have Stripes? Q: I put a clear finish on a beautiful ash table I made and found faint stripes an inch or two wide going across each board. Any ideas on what caused them and how to get rid of them? A: Those stripes probably won’t...
  • Q & A: Matching Old Stains

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, October 5, 2012
    Q & A: Matching Old Stains Q: I have to match an old stain. I’ve come pretty close with a new stain I bought at the hardware store, but it’s not good enough. Is there a way I can tint the stain? A: There are several fairly simple ways...
  • Q & A: Is Blue-Stained Pine OK?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, October 31, 2012
    Q & A: Is Blue-Stained Pine OK? Q: I have some pine that was given to me.The price was right but the wood is full of blue stain. Is it safe to use this wood for painted projects or as a secondary wood? A: Blue stain is a common fungus that infects...
  • Q & A: Getting Stain Out of Corners

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 10, 2013
    Q & A: Getting Stain Out of Corners Q: I like using gel stain on difficult to stain woods like birch because it doesn’t leave a blotchy look. But man, the stuff is a pain to get out of corners. No matter how hard I push, I can’t force...