been able to find a good stainable wood putty. Minwax indicates that their putty is, but it really isn't. It
does fill the nail holes, but I can never seem to get the colors right even when I buy the wax pencils to try
to assist. Normally I use Minwax Provincial Stain on my baseboard, pine doors and trim. Could you please help?
(I'll bet I'm not the only one with this kind of issue.)
us with your woodworking questions. If yours is selected for publication,
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Going Pro as a Woodworker
Part 2 of a Series:
Right For You?
By Douglas Bittinger
When I first discovered that some people just cannot handle
self-employment, it surprised me, for I much prefer being my own boss to the work-a-day grind. But there are a
good number of people who cannot work effectively without the structure of a 9:00 to 5:00, Monday through
Friday job. There is no shame in that; it's just a difference in personalities.
Make a Small Parts
By Fred Kachelhofer
Safety should be the prime consideration in any shop. The cutting of
small parts is always of great concern because of the close proximity of the hands to the saw blade. I tried
cutting parts on the radial arm saw using auxiliary devices such as wood blocks to push against the fence to
hold the piece in place. While this solved the problem of keeping my hands away from blade, it did not fully
address positioning the piece for an accurate cut. What I needed was a safe way to hold the piece at a precise
length to make a quick and efficient cut. I could see no solution on the radial arm, so I went to the tablesaw
with Alan Noel
USING WOOD STRIPPERS
One of the things
we strive to do in the antique restoration business is to do our best to save the original finish whenever and
wherever possible. This not only helps to maintain the value, but the aesthetics of the piece as well.
However, when the finish is no longer viable, which is to say that the finish no longer offers any protection
or is damaged in a way that takes away from the aesthetics of the piece, the finish has to be removed. This
can be accomplished mechanically with scrapers and sandpaper, or stripped with commercially-available chemical
Here are 9 tips for stripping wood
Featured Highland Staff Member
Many of you know Mike as one of Highland's extra-helpful voices on the
telephone. He's always ready to assist customers with his extensive
knowledge of tools and woodworking. With a BA in Interior Design from
Georgia State University, Mike has done remodeling, worked in and
owned custom woodworking shops, has been a CAD draftsman for a local
architectural firm, and has worked as a computer graphic artist and
as a potter. He enjoys biking and sailing, though woodworking has long
been his passion.
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Brand New Book
Work Sharp 3000
by David Zerby
I've been interested in woodworking for most of my 56 years. I was fortunate that my
neighbor Harry taught me as much as I could absorb about woodworking, starting with the basics, ranging from
keeping my shop clean and organized, to how to keep my cutting tools sharp. He taught me that if you take good
care of your tools, they will take care of you. He showed me the best way that he knew at the time to sharpen
every tool, and as my wife and friends can attest, I became known for my wickedly sharp tools and
knives. Then recently I heard about the Work Sharp 3000, a motorized sharpener that was new on the market. I
purchased one just to see how good it really was.
This Month's Featured
One of the biggest challenges for beginning woodworkers, and for many old-timers as well, is keeping
their chisels, plane irons and other cutting tools sharp. Our large selection of sharpening devices offers a
variety of solutions to fit every need, and we have written a number of articles covering a variety of
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