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Avoid Damaging Finish with an Electric Polisher and Lamb's Wool Pad

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I got a call from a piano refinisher who had damaged the new finish he had applied by getting it too hot with an electric polisher. It turned out that he had polished finishes for years without this problem, but this was the first time he used nitrocellulose lacquer. He had used lacquer because his client requested it. What to do now? No finish is perfect. All have upsides and […]The post Avoid Damaging Finish with an Electric Polisher and Lamb's Wool Pad appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Create a Striking Continuous Grain Veneered Cabinet Edge

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In response to a recent post about edge banding panels, a reader asked how I'd made the grain on a panel's door run continuously around the corner and through to the cabinet's side. (Above) The grain in question is striking, which makes this treatment so effective. The technique is ridiculously simple - so simple that some readers would come up with the idea themselves, then think “that can't possibly be […]The post How to Create a Striking Continuous Grain Veneered Cabinet Edge appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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All Hail the Versatile Doe's Foot

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The doe's foot - a block of wood with a V cut into it - is one of the most versatile and cheap appliances for your workbench. I have an article about this little gizmo coming up in the next issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine (look for it in the November 2017 issue, or perhaps subscribe). I work with a lot of odd-shaped parts, especially when I build chairs. These […]The post All Hail the Versatile Doe's Foot appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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