Wood and Supplies
This section features advice on working with wood including lumber & sheet goods, wood species, and wood figure. You'll Also find tips on veneer & inlay, sanding, wood glue, fasteners, and wood finishes.
I visited a specialty hardwood dealer to buy some oak plywood, and he asked me whether I wanted rotary-cut or bookmatched face veneer. What’s the difference?
I felled some trees that a friend said looked as if they were bird’s-eye ash. Is there such a thing and how rare are they?
In issue 155, page 112, you talked about polyurethane glues. Once the foam dries and you chisel it off, does the glue prevent the wood from absorbing stain?
I finished my workbench top with several applications of Watco Danish Oil, top and bottom. I know it periodically will need re-oiling. Should I re-oil the bottom, too?
I want to remove the clear finish from a piece of furniture. What is the best chemical to use? This isn’t a valuable antique, merely an old table that’s showing wear.
I'm building a workbench which will take a lot of abuse. That started me thinking about the relative hardness of woods. How is that determine?