Most cans of finish list optimal drying times as if we all lived in San Diego: a temperature of 70°F and 70 percent relative humidity. (See label below.) But for the rest of us—in the arid Southwest, the muggy Southeast, the temperature-extreme Midwest or East Coast—how can we ensure that our finishes dry quickly, smooth, and dust-free?
Apply these truths for better results from the get-go.
To get to the bottom of the issue, we put nearly a dozen tools through extensive head-to-head testing in the WOOD® magazine shop.
Given the choice between a hardwood retailer’s top-quality lumber, its second-best, or its lowest quality, you’ll ask for the best every time, right? Great lumber lurks in those lower-grade bins.
Reduce airborne sawdust by building this simple blade guard adaptor for hookup to your shop vacuum.
With beautiful eyes and gorgeous figure, burls are prized by turners, high-end furnituremakers, and veneer manufacturers. So how can an average Joe Woodworker hook up with free burls? Read on!
For convenience and portability, there’s no beating cordless tools. But do they have enough power and endurance to get you through the toughest woodworking jobs? More and more, the answer to that question is “yes.” To be fair, cordless tools can’t replace most shop machinery, such as planers, jointers, drill presses, and bandsaws—yet. But with one battery-powered tablesaw already on the market, it seems almost anything is possible.
The right sharpening service can revive dull saw blades for less than half the cost of replacement.
Step into Wayne Wiebe’s shop, and you might think you’ve walked into a woodworker’s heaven.
Here’s how to make and mount a router subbase successfully.