Shaped Edges

Check tops of chests, tables, or other pieces that have shaped edges carved w ith a router. These edges usually have not been sanded at all, while fiat surfaces probably have had at least minimal sanding. Spend some time sanding these shaped places so that they take the finish material nicely. Pay particular attention to those edges across the grain. They will absorb much more stain than the other parts and turn out darker.

The best way to handle staining of end-grain wood is to seal the wood either before or during staining. Before staining, a coat of thin shellac will work. During staining, tightly touch your stain pad to the top surface of the varnish, so that you get a mixture of stain and varnish on the pad. Apply this mixture to the endgrain.

One mark of the belter kits is the line quality of the hardware If your kit is inexpensive, upgrade ii by replacing lesser pieces oi hardware with fine brass ones

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

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