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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.

Woodworking Teaching Methods

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

A look at some woodworking teacher's methods of informing their students.

Wood Shop Teacher In-Service Days

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 10/25/2013 4:29PM

The recent Woodshop Teach In-Service day in Oregon and Washington was one of the largest gatherings in recent history.

Turning Dead Pine Into Furniture: Azure's Corbin Clay

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 08/29/2013 9:34AM

Azure Furniture's Corbin Clay goes through his use of beetle kill pine at AWFS Fair 2013. His latest venture: a pop-up store in Denver where he will make furniture live and sell it.

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