• articles,  Woodworking Tips

    Homemade wood stain

    wood stain,vinegar,steel wool,make your own,diy
    homemade wood stain

    I read so much about vinegar and steel wool, and finally caved in and decided to see what all the hubub was about. I used a mason jar with one wad of steel wool and filled it with white vinegar (5% acetic acid).


  • Reviews

    Product Review: Minwax Stain Cloths

    A company sent us the Minwax Stain Cloths and asked us to review the product. When I do product reviews, I don’t preview what it is or how it works. I let the camera roll and let ‘real life’ take control. So come along and discover some of what this product is like.

  • Furniture,  Refinishing

    Refinish antique chairs

    Antique chair
    Antique chair

    This chair, and another just like it, came from my wife’s grandmother’s home. The cane is original. The other chair had six coats of various colored paints and an original coating that was orange-like in color. Factory maybe? It was the hardest layer to remove.



  • Furniture,  Indoors

    Rocker Restoration

    Child rocker restoration.
    Child rocker restoration.

    This rocker was in need of repair. A friend of mine asked if I could fix it so that she could give it to her grandchild from Christmas. I received the rocker two weeks prior to the festive holiday. So this is what a 48 year old rocker looks like. Surprisingly, its in very good shape except for the obvious cracked blade and a few loose tenons.