Workshops are very similar to kitchens: both rooms house limited tool collections and woodworkers and chefs alike must improvise if key tools are missing. This project is a great example of this maxim. Don't have a lathe? No...
Restoration Workshop: Wood bleach
There are times when stripping a piece of furniture reveals hidden and not-so-marvelous details about construction, the work habits of the original craftsman, or the uses and abuses of past generations of repairmen and owners....
Restoration Workshop: Darkening wood
Fuming with ammonia is a technique used primarily by furniture builders. The process of changing the colour of wood by exposing it to ammonia fumes can give wood a rich hearty tone that is almost impossible to duplicate with...
Repairing damaged veneers
I remember an incident between my two older brothers during which a skate was thrown (don't ask). Fortunately enough, the intended target dodged the sharpened footwear in time, but the skate hit the wooden bifold door that led to...
Milk paint finish
There is nothing in this world that quite makes my day like learning a trade secret or technique that allows me to make my own gizmo, tool, or whatever, saving me the expense of "store bought."
Maybe I'm cheap (I don't really...
Restoration Workshop: Padding the truth
The most popular technique for applying shellac is French polishing, or padding, and it is this method I will devote the bulk of this space to.
Shellac is available in liquid form in most hardware stores and has a shelf life of...