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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.


Wood Finishing 2.0

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 07/26/2012 9:28AM

Bernie recommends the latest finishing book, "Wood Finishing 2.0," from an old friend.


Dye and Wipe Finishing Options

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 07/19/2012 9:13AM

Depending on the look required of a project and the species of wood involved, a dye and a wipe may be a better finishing option.




Dark Cabinet Colors? Use A Dye and A Wipe

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 07/12/2012 11:25AM

Trends in kitchen cabinet colors continue to leaning towards darker, more furniture-like colors. Depending on the look required and the species of wood involved, a dye and a wipe may be the ticket.


More On Color Shaders

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 07/05/2012 10:44AM

If you take the time to apply a good post-cat sealer over your wipe stain before you apply your shader then you gain some advantages.


Recipe for Creating Color Shaders

By Bernie Botttens Posted: 06/28/2012 11:06AM

Today we are going to talk about the nuts and bolts of creating shaders. Speed and distance are your friends when applying color with a spray gun but color intensity is of equal importance.


Do You Know How to Make a Wipe Stain?

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 06/21/2012 9:25AM

Today I’m continuing our discussion of color applications; first by finishing a few pointers on wiping stains and then on how to develop your own stain recipe.


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