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How to Sand Wood Appliqués

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 02/21/2013 10:00AM

Sanding the details of appliqués well can be a challenge: the sand paper loses its bite as it comes up against something like that and the wood is very difficult to scratch.


Wood Singer Machine Case Defects Create Challenges

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 02/14/2013 10:19AM

The more I worked on this antique Singer sewing machine wood case, the more little defects I have found that needed to be addressed.


Reader Questions on Antique Wood Singer Sewing Machine

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 01/31/2013 10:00AM

Bernie answers more reader questions about his antique wood Singer sewing machine project.


Antique Wood Sewing Machine Project Update

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 01/24/2013 10:01AM

While the bleaching process continues on the Singer sewing machine wood cabinet, I thought I'd give you an update on how the project is going.




Bleaching Wood on Antique Sewing Machine Case

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 01/17/2013 8:00AM

The use of wood bleach on my wood encased antique Singer sewing machine project is this week's topic.


Wood Refinishing: Sometimes You Need the Big Guns

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 12/26/2012 10:00AM

In writing on wood finishing for professional cabinetmakers and industrial finishers, my goal is to provide some light in what I perceived to be a dimly lit room.


Risky Stripper Prepares for Wipe Stain

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 12/13/2012 11:11AM

After a week of silence, I am back on the finishing job this week and have done some more work on the Singer sewing machine project that we began two weeks ago.


A Singer and Shellac Finish

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 11/29/2012 9:52AM

Bernie shares his experience of working on project refinishing a Singer sewing machine.


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