- Man or Machine?
The unique work of Duncan Gowdy shows landscapes in wood that are so complex and consistent that it would be easy to assume they were carved with a CNC router or ...
- Mastering the Card Scraper
Take a tutorial on using the card scraper -- a simple tool that, once mastered, will help you smooth surfaces and transform your work.From Fine Woodworking #201...
- FWW Poll: How You Smooth Wood
Sanding wins out over scraping or planing, according to the latest Knots poll
- Q & A: You Can Refinish Cabinets with Water-Based Products
- Video: Use Epoxy to Fill Voids in Wood
Combine a 5-minute epoxy and black pigment to make a natural-looking filler
- Video: Bob Van Dyke Shop Tip: Burnishing a Card Scraper
A step-by-step guide to tuning and sharpening this versatile smoothing tool.
- Video: Bob Van Dyke Shop Tip: Using a Card Scraper
Smart techniques for using this essential smoothing tool
- Video: Tips for Planing Difficult Grain
Learn how to use a handplane to smooth highly figured woods in the sixth of our 8-question series on handplanes
- Video: Refinishing Furniture: Step Two--Surface Preparation
How to create a smooth and clean surface, thwarting headaches down the road. Second in a five-part video series.
- Video: How to Finish Walnut
Prepare the surface with planes and a little sanding, and learn best practices for applying a wipe-on varnish
- Q & A: What Caused the Pits in a Varnished Tabletop?
- When to Stop Sanding?
Ever consider that you may be sanding too much? Ari Tuckman has. Like many woodworkers, he dislikes sanding. So he set out to do a semi-scientific study to find ...
- Q & A: Working with Live-Edge Boards
- Video: Tips for Working With Live-Edge Lumber
Furniture maker Mark Cwik talks about preparing a huge slab of bubinga for a tabletop at the 2006 Fine Furnishings Show
- Sand, Scrape, or Plane?
Few woodworkers enjoy the noise and dust of power sanding, but most recognize it as an easy way to get boards uniformly smooth. Others swear by the card scraper, ...