Abrasives

Sanding and abrasives

Abrasive papers Historically abrasives were made from natural materials such as sand, shark skin and shells. These might be applied directly to a surface or bonded to a cloth or paper backing before use. These materials were superseded by glass paper in the 19th century. Glass paper has itself been Read more…

Stain removal

Stain removal

We have recently been asked about removing an ink stain from a piece of furniture. Here are a couple of methods to try.  One is to apply alcohol, either isopropyl or methylated spirits. The other is a solution of bicarbonate of soda. The effectiveness depends on the type of ink, Read more…

Packing Case - assembly sketch

Packing Case Shelves

We have recently been asked about making a set of shelves in the style of a packing case. This is a straightforward project that you can adapt to suit the materials available and doesn’t need a lot of tools. The sketch shows how it’s put together. Construction You’ll need something to Read more…

Wood stains

Wood Staining

The term ‘stain’ refers to products intended to add colour to the wood, enhancing grain patterns and figure. In repair work they are used to match the colour of damaged areas to the existing finish or can be applied to the whole piece to refresh the colour. They do not provide Read more…

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