A finished drawer box with custom cutouts.

Woodworking Tips, Tricks, Jigs, and Techniques #3

Planning and building units that have plumbing or electrical components within them can be tricky. Hiding or simply working around pipes or wires, particularly drain pipes and water lines, can challenge most shops. Not us.

A detail of a brush applying finish to a piece of wood.

Our Finishing Process – Learn To Seal Wood

A common misconception is that a special finish is required to seal wood. While commercially prepared wood is indeed available for purchase, the first coat of any finish can be used as sealer as well.

A custom table in the process of being stained.

Our Finishing Process – How We Stain Wood

First and foremost, the most obvious quality of any stain is color. Chances are, the last stain you may have chosen was because of the color – not because of its chemical makeup. But not understanding the differences in stains and how each wood takes stain can lead to problems later on down the road.

A hand sander sitting on a piece of custom furniture in progress.

Our Finishing Process – Preparing Wood to be Finished

Sanding is arguably a woodworker’s least favorite part of the job. But oddly enough for many woodworkers, it is a step that often becomes wasted effort. We see a common attitude that “the more you sand, the better the finish will be”.

Finish being applied to slats of wood with a brush.

Our Finishing Process – Why We Do it

Finishing wood requires a lot of skill, patience, and knowledge. With all the variables that apply to this part of our process… Why do we even finish it? Put simply, it stabilizes and adds unique aesthetics to the finished product.

A detailed shot of our Baileigh Wood Planer,

The Baileigh Planer

A recent project found us in dire need of a new planer. After researching a few different planer brands, the quality, price, and customer service offered through Baileigh were the best fit for our needs.

Wood of the Week – Spruce

Spruce is a versatile wood and is used in many different industries. It is a great material for heavy construction and in this application is seen as beams, lumber, and plywood. Spruce isn’t entirely rot and decay resistant once harvested, so its suggested uses in this regard are for interior construction only.

The Gannomat Case Clamp

A case clamp has just one simple job in a wood shop: draw the joints together, and square up the box using hydraulic or pneumatic pressure. Case clamps can be used on cabinet boxes, furniture, and drawer boxes.

Stalks of bamboo growing in a grove.

Wood of the Week – Bamboo

Bamboo is often thought of as the fastest growing tree on earth. Most who choose bamboo love its aesthetics; its unique, Asian flair, and down-to-earth feel. But a not so known characteristic of bamboo is that it possesses the best stiffness and strength characteristics in the woodworking world.