The Creative Process: Expanding Yourself as a Designer

The Creative Process: Expanding Yourself as a Designer

Posted in Furniture Making, News, Woodworking | 3 comments

Posted by  David J. Marks July 31, 2014   I believe that design is the ultimate frontier in woodworking.  We live in a time that finds many people with the resources to set up a shop at home. It is amazing to see how many people are able to outfit their shops with a lot of the tools they need due to the fact that the majority of power tools are now made in China and have become affordable to the masses. So once we all have shops and we all have similar tools and wood,...

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Extending the Shelf Life of Your Finishing Products

Posted in Finishing, Woodworking | 1 comment

I often get inquiries from fellow woodworkers about finishing products, particularly about the best way to extend the shelf life of various products: Hello David,  Speaking of finishes, I was never a fan of poly but I tried the wipe on poly you recommended by General Finish.  The sealer is very good and lasts a long time in the can, but the other poly products (gloss and semi) coagulate in the can after just a few weeks.  Is this normal?  Danish Oil, on the other hand,...

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The Benefits of Shellac for Restoring Wood Surfaces

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Question from a Client David, I bought this very old Chinese tray with half the lacquer worn off.  I want to preserve what is left and use it to work on. Can I paint or spray some kind of clear finish on it?  You are our guru for surfaces on wood.  All I know is textiles. Thanks for your help. Barbara David’s Response: Shellac is your best bet as shellac will stick to almost anything, and almost any finish will bond to shellac. Shellac by Bulls Eye You can purchase...

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