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  1. Smoothing Out Curved Parts

    Using a sanding drum to smooth the curve in a woodworking part

    There are two popular methods for using a template to smooth out the edges of curved parts: a flush-trim router bit, and a sanding drum equipped with a template guide. Both have their advantages.

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  2. How to Apply 6 Simple Wood Finishes

    applying finish to wood

    Learn how to apply wood finish. Creating a flawless finish can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Take the mystery out of wood finishing and avoid costly and frustrating mistakes with these simple wood finish recipes. Each recipe includes a video demonstration and a link to step-by-step instructions, and a list of wood finish product recommendations that will help you create a perfect finish on your next woodworking project!

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  3. How to Fix Chips and Scratches in Tabletops?

    Chip taken out of finished wood panel

    Nothing catches the eye like a big old scratch or chip right in the middle of an otherwise beautifully finished wood surface – except, possibly, a failed repair attempt.

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  4. How to Sharpen a Cabinet Scraper

    cabinet scraper smoothing a board

    Our 3-in-1 Cabinet Scraper Sharpening Tool is the only tool on the market to combine a file, 2500-grit diamond hone and hardened steel burnishing rod into one tool to cover the entire process of sharpening a card scraper. It simplifies the multi-step process of restoring a sharp edge to card scrapers and cabinet scrapers. Thanks to the angle guides on the sides, it promises a uniform burr for incredibly thin shavings. The parts of the sharpener are numbered with the sequential steps needed for a sharp edge: file, hone, draw the burr and turn the burr.

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  5. What Is Milk Paint?

    Finishing chair slats with milk paint

    Milk paint is a traditional, casein based paint that's been around for centuries and has, in recent years, enjoyed a remarkable resurgence in popularity.

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  6. What Is Wet Sanding?

    Wet sanding a panel with sandpaper and mineral spirits

    What is meant by wet sanding and what situations is it useful for?

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  7. How to Protect Stain from Glue Spots?

    Using putty knife to scrap excess glue off panel

    How do you avoid the light areas in stain finishes caused by glue spots?

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  8. How to Remove Dust Before Finishing?

    Tack cloth used for wiping down woodworking projects

    What is the best way to remove dust before applying the final finish?

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