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A Strategy for Woodworking #39: Too Many Fumes

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 12-22-2014 03:57 PM 1510 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 38: Sanding is Evil Part 39 of A Strategy for Woodworking series Part 40: Carpe Diem »

Ever have a problem with finishing? I’m probably alone in this. Or I’ve been sniffing too many fumes. Finishing is chemistry plus alchemy. Plus one more thing. This item is an attitude. An attitude that finishers have but furniture makers do not. Backing up. We never back up. We go forward. We have three forward gears plus one gear for hacking up a ball of spit when we screw something up, but forward always forward. There is no reverse in furniture making. Full or half or quarter or limping speed but forward, always forward.

Finishers on the other hand, if they don’t like a finish, if a color doesn’t work, they do something astonishing. They take it off! Moving backwards! Who knew? They remove a finish because it went on wrong. They strip a finish if the color reacts badly with the wood. They move backward and think nothing of it and no less of themselves. They can avoid this reverse gear usually because finishers also do something we furniture makers avoid. They practice. They do a sample board. They gauge their odds of whether something will succeed first and then move forward.

Not us. We never warm up before cutting into a board. We walk into the shop, look around satisfied at our kingdom and grab that precious stick of mahogany and put a cut exactly a 1/4” too short into it.
Time for another four letter vocabulary practice session I’m afraid.

As the world turns back on its axis, let us try to learn from the finishers. Practice first, then move forward, with speed.

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-- Gary Rogowski...follow my wit and wisdom on twitter @garyrogowski



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 12-22-2014 04:18 PM

Very good points Gary

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 12-22-2014 04:28 PM

One of your best posts – and they are all good!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 12-22-2014 05:00 PM

Made me smile….... Sounds like me!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#4 posted 12-22-2014 05:03 PM

Good stuff Gary

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#5 posted 12-22-2014 06:43 PM

Gary,

Finishing is as hard, maybe harder that building the piece. A finisher, aka Charles Neil knows his woods and what his customers want. I’ve known him for several years now. He has written a great /current book on today’s finishes.

If people want to go beyond basics and with current laws older finishing products are disappearing a state at a time. Charles can help. I believe he even did a YouTube on our favorite softwood….pine.

Charles is a LumberJock and the one that directed me to LumberJocks. He has a great web page

http://www.cn-woodworking.com

By the way you can tell him I sent you. LOL! He would be suprised HA,HA,HA!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 12-23-2014 07:29 AM

Really burst out laughing at this one, that is golden Gary!

Not us. We never warm up before cutting into a board. We walk into the shop, look around satisfied at our kingdom and grab that precious stick of mahogany and put a cut exactly a 1/4” too short into it.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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