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Franklin Prosensor 710: Finds Studs & Joists Without all the Noise

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 02/24/2015 8:42PM

Cabinetmakers often find themselves searching for pesky joints and studs while up a ladder. My state of affairs was worse because my stud finder was driving me nuts. I needed to find a tool that would allow me to regain my faith in electronic stud finder technology.


How to Create Perfect Bonds on Wood Surfaces

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 01/27/2015 4:41PM

Bernie Bottens discusses the many factors that impact coating and gluing bonds on wood surfaces.


Gluing Joints: It's A Surface Thing

By Bernie Bottons Posted: 01/15/2015 6:02PM

"In coatings, we preach the need to get the coating onto the wood as soon after the final sanding is completed as is absolutely possible. Obviously, as wood is a material that is susceptible to humidity and temperature change, one can see the logic in that concept."


In Praise Of Abranet Wood Sanding Abrasives

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 11/14/2014 4:37PM

Designed for machine use, Abranet is an abrasive on a net backing. Unlike paper that traps the sanding powder, Abranet lets powder go right through. It's wonderful on a sander with dust extraction.




How To Convert a Shop Vac Into a Cyclone Dust Collector

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 10/07/2014 6:59PM

Oneida’s Dust Deputy Kit turns your shop vacuum into a very efficient cyclone dust collector. At least 90 percent of what goes into the hose is collected. I also show how to build a nice cart for keeping it al together.


Using Shellac as the Sealer Coat

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 03/28/2014 9:49AM

To create a rich, warmer finish, use shellac as the first sealer coat. It dries quickly and will create the same look to the wood that the polyurethane will.


Cutting Up a Big Walnut Log

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 02/20/2014 11:02AM

A walnut seedling planted in the front yard of an Oregon farm house at the turn of the 19th century in Willamette Valley, OR was ready to be removed in 2009. Four years later, it was saw at the mill in Salem.


Woodworking Legends Gather in One Room

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 11/06/2013 12:18PM

The recent Woodshop Teach In-Service day in Oregon and Washington attracted big names in woodworking such as Dean Mattson and Michael Dresdner.


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