Monthly Archives: July 2014

A Tip For Cherrywood

I was in my workshop getting some sample boards ready for my talk “My Five Favorite Woods — And How To Finish Them” and I was applying Wipe-On Poly to cherry and thought it would be good to pass along this tip: use a folded piece of #600-grit sandpaper as your applicator. Rub the Wipe-On Poly into the wood in the direction of the grain, then wipe off any excess oil, and let dry. Repeat two more times and your finish will be as smooth as glass!

Until next time,

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From Pallet To a Surprize for Haven

I try not to let anything go to waste here in my workshop, so when this delivery pallet ended up in my driveway, I thought of something I could make to give away in the Minwax® booth at the Haven bloggers conference July 11-12 in Atlanta.

I started by cutting the slats from the pallet into 2″ strips, then picked a patriotic theme using Minwax® Express Colors™ “Crimson” and “Indigo.” (But you can use any combination of Minwax® stains, including the new Wood Finishing Cloths, to customize your pallet projects.)

Next I assembled them into an 8″ x 12″ x 18″ tool box, stenciled on some stars, and added a simple handle down the center, all glued and nailed together for a rustic look.

I scuffed up the dried stain with #180-grit sandpaper to give it a worn, antique look (leaving the pallet nail holes!), and then had fun filling it with Minwax® goodies for one of the lucky attendees we will be meeting at the Haven conference in Atlanta.

Maybe we’ll see you there!

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A Party — and Patina !

I went back to my hometown in Illinois recently to celebrate my parents’ 65th wedding anniversary with my brother, two sisters, several grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many, many friends.

My parents moved into this ca. 1911 foursquare house in 1951 and still live there. It’s a home full of great memories, from sleeping on the porch on hot August nights to playing with my friends in a spacious attic and rolling yard. (A local farmer-artist painted this rendition of their house.)

The house has its original unpainted oak woodwork that is a perfect example of what antique collectors call “patina” – that mellow aging process that sometimes leaves lots of tiny cracks in the old shellac finish. It is prized on woodwork and furniture, and should never be stripped, sanded, or refinished. If you ever find it, save it and protect it with a coat of Paste Finishing Wax.

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