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Question: I constantly have problems when trying to finish with varnish. When I brush it on and then wipe it off, it looks good. However when I brush it on and leave it, I get lots of pimples and bubbles. This usually occurs when I am putting on additional coats of any type of varnish. It must be my technique in brushing. I put the varnish in a separate bucket, use a quality brush, dip up to about a 2/3 length of the bristles and lightly tap on the side of the bucket. I do not scrape on the lip of the bucket. I first apply the varnish by brushing at a right angle to the grain, then follow along the grain using the tip of the brush with light pressure. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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With Curtis Buchanan
There are many distinctive characteristics of a Curtis Buchanan Windsor Chair. Most can be considered signature features, all graceful and flowing from the crispness of his turnings to the delicate power of his finish work. These chairs are always visually stunning, yet also subtle at the same time, and their design and construction seem to manifest a certainty of enduring strength.
How to Let Your
Work for Others
By Chris Black
20th Century theologian Reinhold Niebuhr often wrote about the divine paradox of self-fulfillment. Simply stated, in order to be truly happy and contented in any human endeavor, you must first find a way for your actions to serve others. For me the greatest satisfaction I find in working wood comes when it helps other people. Finding ways to use your woodworking talent to serve and bless others can paradoxically help you achieve the greatest amount of personal joy.
HERE ARE SOME WAYS
TO MAKE IT HAPPEN:
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From time to time I'll get a call about what finish should be used on chopping blocks. Most of the time, chopping blocks are made of rock maple and are designed with the end grain serving as the chopping surface, though I have recently seen chopping blocks made of birch or some other hard or soft woods from different parts of the world that are quite frankly, very poorly designed. The most prevalent issue is that the laminations have been glued together utilizing the flat cut side of the wood instead of the end grain for the cutting or chopping surface.
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