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"Build As If You Were Wood Finishers"

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 09/14/2012 10:00AM

I really encourage builders to build as if they were the finisher. Make adjustments at the bench before the project hits the spray booth.


Wood Coatings: A Lightbulb Moment

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 09/13/2012 10:00PM

New coatings technology probably means that we need to approach how we build things as well as how we spray things in the booth.


Sanding and Finishing While Using Putty to Fill the Cracks

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 08/30/2012 10:00AM

Discussing how water-based putty makes for an easy fix for cracks in this wood project while moving on to the sanding and finishing of the rails.


Portable Sawmill: Must-have Birthday Gift?

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 08/23/2012 2:12PM

On the IWF 2012 show floor was Baker Products model 3665D portable band sawmill. I’d be very surprised if the sight of that wouldn’t make Dave salivate just a bit.




An Articulated Bandsaw: What a Concept!

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 08/23/2012 10:48AM

I call myself Tool Time Bernie. So it comes as no surprise that band saws will catch my eye.Yesterday, as I walked the aisles at the IWF in Atlanta, I was struck with a moment of déjà vu.


The Finishing Challenge: Air Assisted Airless Technology

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 08/23/2012 8:38AM

Bernie challenges himself and readers to take a look at air assisted airless technology for applying low-vis wood coatings.


How Tape and Putty Work Together to Fix Wood Splintering

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 08/16/2012 10:00AM

Finishing the discussion on how tape can reduce splintering followed by an explanation on how water-based wood putty helps fill cracks and holes in your wood project.


How To Prevent Oak Splintering in Cross Cuts

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 08/09/2012 10:00AM

How masking tape prevents red oak splintering during cuts and guides your project cleanly. And a finishing guy admits he hates sanding.


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