Wood Finishing

Photograph - Then Frame Your Projects

One of the joys of woodworking is having people to admire your work. In many cases projects are given away to family and friends or sold so there is little chance for others to see these works.
The solution of course is photographing your work so that you have a life-long record of your achievements, and to display your works in beautiful frames that you can make yourself.

These days most people are using digital cameras to take pictures of their work. If your printer is of high enough quality you can print out your own pictures but for the cost of having digital pictures printed at your local photo finishing store, they do an excellent job and are well worth the small price they charge.

If you have the right  equipment, you can even make your own molding but again, purchasing molding from a supplier will give you bigger choices and save a lot of frustration.



Putting the frames together may also require tools like frame clamps, nail and brad pliers, picture frame clamps and if you really get into making picture frames, you are going to want a Mitre Trimmer to make crisp clean 45 degree cuts. 

Photographing and framing is one of the best things you can do for your finished projects, it helps to advertise you work by not only displaying it (the picture frame) but also showing off the design and construction elements you use.





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Copyright Colin Knecht

Belt Sanders in Woodworking

 Belt sanders are not considered to be "instruments of fine woodworking" ... but maybe this is a mistake. There are plenty of times that an aggressive tool is required to make light work of otherwise tedious jobs. I discovered the real trick to using any tool, particularly a belt sander is to KNOW THE TOOL. When you realize this, you begin to understand it's capabilities, limits and drawbacks.

What I discovered is that a heavy grit on a belt sander is probably best avoided, unless you are actually planning to dig the garden with it or fell trees. 40, 60 and sometimes even 80 grit sanding belts will make mincemeat of wood very quickly. The can also leave  scratches and heavy gouges in the wood that are very difficult to remove. Lesson #1 - when using a belt sander, start off with a finer grade belt that what you think you will need. If you do this you will get a much better "feel" for what the sander and the type of grit will do for you. If you are removing a finish, this rule is particularly useful.

Buying Finishing Brushes

 finishing paint brushI am one of those people who hate to admit that they don't know how to do something as simple as purchase a paintbrush. I can't tell you how many paint brushes I have purchased over the past 30 years. That is because when I buy paintbrushes, I either never seem to get around to cleaning them properly, in which case after about 2 weeks the bristles have about the same hardness as my ballpeen hammer or, they look so terrible when I am finished with them I just throw them out, which us not usually to hard to do as I didn't pay that much for them in the first place. Then I began to realize that the crappy brushes I was buying were not helping me in getting a nice finish on my woodworking projects.

Wood Preparation Before Finishing

 You have just spent weeks, maybe months creating a beautiful woodworking piece, now its time finish it. If you are anything like me, you HATE finishing, which is not necessarily a problem but if you rush through the finishing you can destroy all the hard work you have already invested into your project. The very first thing you need to decide before you begin any finishing is ...... what do you want the project to look like, and what is the purpose of the project. Is it a dining room table, plant stand, a pen or guitar. Once you know the questions to ask, determining how, and what you use in the finishing process will be much easier. Does it need to be water proof, do you want a glossy, satin or matte finish, what about the color, natural or do you want to color the wood? All good questions.

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