Category Archives: Do Good With Wood Program

Shopping For Good Wood

If you are ever about to embark on a serious woodworking project, don’t limit yourself to what little high quality wood you typically find at one of the Big Box home improvement stores. When I was pulling together boards for my talk “My Five Favorite Woods — and How To Finish Them,” I went back to one of my favorite haunts — a real lumber yard….

My local source is Gennett Lumber, a family-owned business, where you can pick from nearly 20 different species of wood, whether you need just one board or a cart full….

And don’t worry about having tools to prepare the wood. These small lumberyards have BIG planers, edgers, and radial arm saws — and they excel in personal service.

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Doing Good With Wood

I was in Buffalo this past week, taking part in the presentation of the Minwax® Do Good With Wood™ Award to The Western New York Woodturners. This group of woodworkers makes toys to benefit their chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. After the presentation I got to spend nearly two hours with them demonstrating staining and finishing techniques and products….

And they were a great group to be around. We met in a high school industrial arts room (very fitting) and they peppered me with questions about different kinds of finishes, brushes, and, of course, stains. We had fun and the two hours flew by so fast none of us were ready to leave at the end!

And if you would like to nominate a group for this award, just go to for details.

My Five Favorite Woods

I’m getting ready to help present the Minwax® “Do Good With Wood™ Award” to the Western New York Woodturners club, where my presentation will be “My Five Favorite Woods — And How To Finish Them.” You can probably guess the first four, but this toolbox should give you a clue as to #5.

The answer: any old wood.

Years ago we might have stripped, sanded, and refinished this antique toolbox, but now all it needs is a coat of protective Paste Finishing Wax to keep it looking like the antique it is.

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The Do Good With Wood Award

As part of their community outreach program, each year Minwax® recognizes and supports the outstanding work of craftspeople who have used their hands and hearts to improve their communities. This year’s Do Good With Wood® award went to the volunteers at the Assistive Technology Center of the Minneapolis Public Schools, where a group of woodworkers have been designing and creating educational equipment to benefit children with learning disabilities. As part of their award, I got to spend a day with them talking about and working with stains and finishes for their projects. If you would like to see what we did, you can read more about it here.

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