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It's OK if the Wood Splinters a Bit

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During the last decade, I've built a lot of six-board chests, including the examples found in this 2013 article in Popular Woodworking Magazine. For as long as I have been building these chests, I've been criticized for the way I fasten them with headed nails, which can result in the wood splintering a bit. The crux of the question is this: Do you want to assemble an item so it […]The post It's OK if the Wood Splinters a Bit appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Bleeding Sharpies & Shellac

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I'm interrupting the garden gate series to delve into a matter that arose in the comments on a previous post, where I mentioned that I sometimes use a black Sharpie felt-tip pen to make the stripes on inlaid bees. A couple of readers responded that applying shellac on top of the marker would dissolve the ink, leading to smudges. Having used this technique many times over the years without producing […]The post Bleeding Sharpies & Shellac appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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