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2185 days ago

Pore filler? - 4 replies

Hello all-I am just getting ready to finish a mahogany and maple piece and when I tested my finish on a piece of scrape the open pores in the mahogany really stood out. Do any of you have thoughts or suggestions on a product / technique that I can use to reduce the visibility of the pores? As ever thank you all for your thoughts.

2389 days ago

Beginning carving thoughts and suggestions - 6 replies

I am hoping to start learning to do some relief carving and I thought that if there was a group that might have good ideas about how to start it would be this one. My goal is to do some decorative carving for some small pieces to give away as gifts, and also to start doing something that I can do at night and improve my hand tools / chisel skil...

2444 days ago

Keys or Splines? - 8 replies

I am making a mitered box (I’ll post photos after Christmas and my camera recently died) and I have already cut slots in the miter but I don’t know what to call the piece of wood that goes into this slot. Is it a key? Is it a spline? Are they the same? Is there one that is more appropriate for a small reinforcing piece that also ...

2504 days ago

Ammonia Alternative? - 6 replies

Does anyone know a good alternative to fuming with ammonia that will yield a similar result? I am working on an Arts and Craft bookcase out of quarter sawn white oak and I am wanting to finish it to help pull the ray pattern out but I live in an apartment and work in a communal shop, neither of which lend themselves to doing a real ammonia fini...

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