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Making Shellac

This video was made by the fellow I buy my shellac flakes from.  Who knew it took so much effort by insect and man to make a pound of shellac?  Or that different trees make different kinds of shellac?  Now

Posted in Craft Films, Finishing

Black-over-Red/Oak for Sale

We’ve painted the red coats on our rocker in a few previous posts, so it’s time for the black: Make sure you spoon the foam off the top of the paint.  I do this every time I mix up paint.

Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Finishing

Further coats of Milk Paint/Instagram

Those following my series of posts on milk paint may remember that back in January we painted the first coat of paint on the Continuous Arm Rocker. Paint makes surface defects much more apparent, so let’s look and see what

Posted in Finishing, How-To

Brush Technique & First Coat of Paint

I’ve spent the last two weeks traveling. First, I spent a week up in Jonesborough, TN with my mentor Curtis Buchanan, working on a birdcage barstool and refining our techniques for reaming bent posts. Or more importantly, eating Marilyn’s good

Posted in Finishing, How-To

Mixing Milk Paint

This is the second installment on finishing the Continuous Arm Rocker from my DVD: Mix 2 parts water to 1 part paint. This is a good starting place for black and red, but some colors require less water.  You can

Posted in Finishing, How-To

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