QUESTION: I had a mahogany front door installed on my house about 8 months ago, and the finish is already peeling off. The installer said they used an exterior finish purchased at a home center. Why didn't the finish last longer, and how should I go about fixing it?
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with the kids
by Chris BlackMy kids love to work with me in the shop. I allow the oldest, who is thirteen, to use the lathe while being supervised, while the younger kids need to be content with non-power hand tools. Our projects can range from space blasters and doll furniture to pirate chests and catapults. Generally the boys like to cut, drill and nail, while my daughters want me to hurry up so they can paint and finish. My wife likes the fact that they're out of her hair and spending time with their dad.
SO WHAT ARE MY 7 KEYS TO HAVING FUN WITH MY KIDS IN THE SHOP?
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Here at Highland Woodworking, we are very excited to announce the arrival of our exclusive new Bodger-brand turning tools.
Whether you are a beginning woodturner or a seasoned pro, our new Bodger turning tools offer a very affordable, high-quality alternative to British turning tools. Made from high-speed steel, these rugged tools are quite tough with a Rockwell hardness of Rc 60. We have found them to be ideal for use by students in our turning classes, and we guarantee they will ably serve the needs of any woodturner who wants exceptional performance at a very affordable cost.
In our tests, we found them equal in performance to today's premium British tools made of standard high-speed steel. All Bodger turning tools come with full-sized hardwood handles, metal ferrules and good edge geometry.
And just in case you were wondering, bodger is the traditional name given to rural woodturners who specialized in making practical everyday items like bowls, chairs and kitchen utensils.
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