The Woodshop Shed

adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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Alternative Paint Strippers

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stripperby Bob Flexner Safer strippers are having a 'green' revival. Methods for removing old paint and finish from furniture have gone through at least four distinct periods. Before solvents became widely available, coatings were removed by scraping, often with glass used like we use scrapers, and sometimes by sanding, after sandpaper became available. (Heat and caustics such as lye have never been a good idea for furniture because they can […]The post Alternative Paint Strippers appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Use Epoxy for Filling Gaps & Bark Inclusions - Martin Goebel

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Along with 64,000 or so (at least as of today) other people, I follow Goebel & Co. Furniture on Instagram. The furniture pieces coming out of this St. Louis-based shop are well-built and beefy, with imaginative designs that in many cases make use of live-edge tops that are stabilized with epoxy. (And take a look at some of the table bases - they're pretty astounding!) So when we were looking […]The post Use Epoxy for Filling Gaps & Bark Inclusions - Martin Goebel appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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The Truth About Flush-cutting Saws

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Flush-cutting saws offer an amazing promise: It can cut a dowel or tenon flush to its surrounding surface without causing any damage. The truth is, however, no matter how awesome your flush-cutting saw is or how skilled you are, things can go wrong. The most common problem is the saw can drift slightly. And with a flush-cutting saw, any drifting can be disastrous. The teeth can dive into the work […]The post The Truth About Flush-cutting Saws appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Thin, Good Looking & Strong - Micro Plywood Splines, Part 2

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It is very easy to install thin plywood splines in mitered corners of boxes and frames But, to do so successfully, you will have to design the placement pattern of the splines and spend some time carefully laying out your design on the corners. (Read part one of the micro splines story here) Design Above (in the lead image) you can see a few optional designs that can be easily […]The post Thin, Good Looking & Strong - Micro Plywood Splines, Part 2 appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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