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Something in the air

Written by John English Monday, 16 March 2015 00:00

something1There will always be debate about whether a hand-applied finish or a sprayed one is better and there are advantages and disadvantages to both. As the volume of work in a shop increases, woodworkers tend to lean more toward the speed of sprayed coatings over the personal experience of rubbing on oil or shellac, or even brushing lacquer and varnishes. If you’re switching from pads or brushes to spraying, here are a few notes that could help with finishing equipment choices.

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Reaping the rewards

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 March 2015 00:00

reaping2A strong believer of reaping what you sow, Gary Keener is proud of the business he has worked so hard for through the years. On a daily basis, the owner of G. Keener & Co., a custom furniture shop in New Carlisle, Ohio, lives his dream of running his own business on his property in the serene countryside of western Ohio.

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The damage done by dust

Written by John English Monday, 16 March 2015 00:00

dust2We breathe in two types of wood dust — organic and inorganic. The former can be spores or fungi released by deteriorating lumber, pollens, seeds, oils, plant toxins, pesticides and so on. Inorganic dust in the woodshop is primarily composed of dead cell walls ground fine (such as sanding dust) or residue from MDF, plastic laminates, finishes and other chemicals used in furniture and cabinet building.

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Updating a classic

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

classic1In one form or another, Rainier Woodworking Co. has been making cabinets for Puget Sound customers since 1957. Scott Reader bought the Tacoma, Wash.-based shop in 2001 and has established an efficient nested-based manufacturing operation, building primarily off the 32mm system.

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Living on the edge

Written by John English Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

edge1Every now and then a customer comes in who wants something a little different. One of the most requested items is a table with live edges — where the bark has been removed, but the edges haven’t been machined straight.

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