Try a traditional hand-rubbing technique
Techniques

Try a traditional hand-rubbing technique

One reason I like small projects is that it’s practical to lavish extra effort when finishing them. That’s where traditional...


Transform an old door
Techniques

Transform an old door

On closer inspection this dilapidated garden shed, built from scrap material, is actually quite sturdy and provides plenty of...


Wood allergies in the workshop
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Wood allergies in the workshop

Bruce Chamberlin looked ready for a chemical attack. He was dressed in polyester coveralls, tuque, face mask, scarf, turtleneck...


Deal or no deal?
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Deal or no deal?

How's this for a sales pitch: join our club and save up to 70 per cent off regular retail prices on everything from home...


Tool basics – cutting dovetails
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Tool basics - cutting dovetails

With their inherent strength and beauty, dovetails have been one of the hallmarks of quality furniture for hundreds of years. The...


Restoration Workshop: Padding the truth
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Restoration Workshop: Padding the truth

The most popular technique for applying shellac is French polishing, or padding, and it is this method I will devote the bulk of...


Hone your woodworking tools
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Hone your woodworking tools

If you think sharpening is difficult, you're missing the point. Working with a dull chisel or cupped hand-plane iron is...


Cabinet scraper how-to
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Cabinet scraper how-to

Essentially a flat piece of steel with a sharp burr formed on the edge, a cabinet scraper removes shavings of wood rather than...


Basics of spray finishing
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Basics of spray finishing

Spray guns are the fastest way to put a great finish on wood. That's why they're used all the time by professionals. Trouble is,...


Three resources for repairs and renos
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Three resources for repairs and renos

Affordable Remodel: How to Get Custom Results on Any Budget Taunton Press, 2007, $28Author Fernando Ruiz is all about...

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