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The food-safe finish that appeals most to me is one recommended by Jim and Jean Lakiotes, West Virginia makers of spoons and other kitchen items, as well as furniture. Their finish is a mixture of mineral oil and beeswax.
To make it, warm the mineral oil in a saucepan over low heat, and melt a chunk of beeswax in it equal to about one-fifth or one-sixth the volume of the oil. (At high heat, there’s a potential for fire. Be sure to keep the heat low, and consider using a double boiler.) As the wax begins to flake apart and dissolve, stir frequently. When the mixture is blended, pour it into a jar to cool and solidify.
To apply, wipe on an excess of the soft paste, let it dry a bit, then wipe it off. If you want to apply it as a liquid, you can reheat it. Like any mineral oil or
wax finish that will take a lot of abuse, this one will need to be reapplied often to afford decent moisture protection. But applying this fragrant finish is such a pleasure that you may find yourself looking forward to the task.
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1. Make fake snow. Mix sawdust with white paint and glue to cover holiday crafts with simulated snow.
2. Get a grip. Winter loggers spread sawdust on their truck paths. It provides traction and strengthens compacted snow while protecting the ground underneath.
3. Soak up spills. Keep a bucket handy for accidents. Sawdust is highly absorbent and can quickly contain spills of oil or paint.
4. Feed your plants. Sawdust mixed with manure or a nitrogen supplement keeps your plants healthy and moist, too.
5. Make a fire starter. Melt candle wax in a nonstick pot, add sawdust until the liquid thickens, pour into an empty egg carton, and let cool. Use the briquettes to help get a fire going.
6. Fill wood holes and defects. Used by professional floor refinishers, very fine sawdust or “wood flour” makes an excellent, stainable filler when mixed into a putty with wood glue.
7. Pack a path. Tamp sawdust into a dirt walkway to curtail erosion and create a soft, fragrant pathway through your garden or wooded lot.
8. Chase away weeds. Sawdust from walnut wood is a natural weed killer. Sweep this variety between the cracks of your walkway.
9. Lighten up cement. Sawdust mixed into mortar has long been used when erecting cordwood walls to aid in bonding the logs together. Do the same when casting lightweight vessels and moisture-loving planters.
10. Clean a floor. Moisten a pile of sawdust with water and use a push broom to sweep it around the concrete floor of your garage, basement, or shop. The wet sawdust will capture and absorb fine dust and grime.
These 10 tips are from This old house Magazine.
Learn about how to save the hardwoods in the USA at http://www.hardwoodforestryfund.org
If you want to learn how to cut dovetails you must check out Frank’s videos. He can make them faster by hand than most can do by machine.
Steve can help you understand CNC router bits in this video. Sorry to report Steve has decided to retire due to health issues. Hang in there Buddy.
Shawn has a lot of good tips if you are learning how to CNC.
I use ArtCam but the instructions are very similar from program to program.
First you need to learn the basics of operating a router. You can do so many things with a router it is hard to imagine not having one.
Inlaying different woods can make a project really pop.
The old ways are the best ways. Learn how to make hinges and clasps out of wood.
This girl can show you a lot of different techniques in this one project. With a 30 degree cut you can make a beautiful 6 sided box.
Would you believe me if I told you it took me 7000 hours to carve this out with a hand chisel?
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