The Woodshop 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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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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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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How to Select Woodturning Tools

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lathe toolsWhen it comes to turned furniture components, you only have a few options. You can buy mass-produced factory-turned components thatdo not accurately recreate the fine details in period furniture; you can make friends with a turner; or you can invest in a lathe and turn your own. If you decide to go with the third option you'll need some woodturning tools (in addition to your lathe). This can seem like […]The post How to Select Woodturning Tools appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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