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Touching Up Catalyzed Finishes

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 04/26/2013 11:22AM

A refinisher often has no idea how his lacquer will affect what was applied before. It’s often a roll of the dice, yet here are some general rules.


Final Look at Wood Singer Sewing Machine Project

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 04/11/2013 10:44AM

The antique Singer sewing machine project is now complete. So, take a look at what I was able to accomplish with the finishing.


How Climate Affects Veneer

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 04/04/2013 9:26PM

Changes in climate from humidity to temperature can affect veneer. The best thing that you could do is to allow sheets of veneer to acclimate thoroughly before they are glued to the substrate.


What Causes Veneer Checking: Part III

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 03/28/2013 2:00PM

This week we look at environmental changes, from sourcing through installation, and how they may impact the veneer.




How To Make Wood Veneer

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 03/22/2013 12:41PM

There are a number of forms of wood veneers available on the market but let's take a look at how to make your own.


What Causes Veneer Checking?

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 03/08/2013 3:32PM

Veneer checking is a common occurrence in woodworking. Anyone who has to apply veneer or use veneered panels certainly understands what an unpleasant event this can be.


Crafting Wood to Crafting Beer: Step by Step

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 02/27/2013 10:00AM

Teaching woodshop to kids: You can’t make it stick in their brains unless you make it stick to their fingers first. How'd my son Eryn end up crafting beer?


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.


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