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When a refurbishing project crosses my path, I listen to what the client’s requests are. After taking inspection of the project, there comes to mind a host of questions before ever working on the item. Repairing the item based on sight or conversing with obvious questions to the owner is just the beginning of providing a solution. There are additional concerns that will help the project restoration. Understanding the connection of the piece to the client, such as what the item means to them; what the environment will be in its placement and surroundings; and attaining a clearer perception of the history, as well as the heritage of the piece; can also be important.


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The Super Finish Max paint sprayer does it all. This paint sprayer can spray paint everything from furniture and cabinets to fences and walls, and it covers a wider array of projects with less thinning and hassle. Spray oil or water based materials such as: chalk type paint, milk paint, latex paints, enamels, primers, clear sealer, polyurethane, stain and varnish.

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Teri Masaschi writes that the fantastic array of finishing products on the market is what makes learning finishing somewhat complicated.  To help the would-be finisher learn to control the outcome of his or her projects, Teri shares her experiences over 37 years of  “falling into every pitfall and learning how to back out of them” in her book Foolproof Wood Finishing

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Check out this 3-Part video series from host of A Craftsman's Legacy, Eric Gorges and Craig Arnold from our Kansas City Woodcraft Store. The two take you through steps that will lead you to the perfect finish.

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Teri Masaschi’s life goal was not to become a finishing expert. At age 14, she was focused on earning money to enroll in a private school that combined academics and the arts – including woodworking. Read more in Sharon’s Woodworking Adventures blog to see what sparked Teri’s interest in furniture restoration and woodworking. 

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Incorporating resins and epoxies into woodworking is becoming more and more prominent. But how do you know which type to use for your project? How do you mix it? How do you make a mold? Woodcraft is here with all the answers you need to create your own one-of-a-kind turning blanks, river tables and more!

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The American Woodshop co-hosts Scott and Suzy Phillips have dreamed for years of creating the ultimate building on a budget. Last year, they got their chance. With the help of some friends, a good ol’-fashioned barn raising took place near the couple’s Piqua, Ohio, home, and Suzy’s “She-Barn” became a reality. Part of the barn build was featured on Season 27 of the couple’s educational woodworking television show, which airs nationwide on public television.

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With a little bit of time and patience with a slab of your wood choice, using a few finishing products and adding wood legs or leg hardware, can culminate into a beautiful piece of furniture that is sure to be the room's highlight and topic of conversation with family and guests in any home! In this project we delve into the making of a live edge walnut slab coffee table with some stunning grain.

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Here's an easy, budget-friendly fix for a dated fireplace. Whitewashing is a very easy technique that can mute red tones in brick or change the color, while preserving the natural variations of the brick or stone. This look can work equally as well in just about any style home. Learn how in this Woodworking Adventures Blog by Lori. 

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When General Finishes released 12 new colors earlier this year, it was like Christmas Day for restorers and DIY junkies. Any color you want can be achieved by mixing colors, but it’s so much easier to just open a can and have the color you want. 

The colors are amazing. Beautiful shades in gray, blue and even ballet pink. I was instantly attracted to blue moon, a bluish teal color. I purchased the paint, not knowing what I would use it on but knowing that I would find something eventually.
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