How to get the perfect wood varnish

In order to create a wood surface that can be varnished and coated the very finest and beautiful result, this post today will present some of the secret tips from the experienced carpenters to get the perfect wood varnish.

The very essential method to create the first smooth surface before you want to apply the varnish coat. And 90% of a successful wood varnish depend on this step. This is also the most time-consuming you will spend. If your material has the very small and detailed that hard to reach, the hand sanding would be better. However, in condition you have to work with the very rough, big and flat of stock, we suggest using a belt sander, which proved the strength and power in toughest materials. For buying the most appropriate one for yourself, don’t forget to read the best belt sander reviews 2015 for woodworker before making decision.

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Then, when you get the satisfied finish, the next step is going much easier. After sanding, make sure you remove all the sawdust. You can put the varnish coat by many ways like using a foam brush or bristle brush. In the processing, the air bubble can appear in your varnish coat. So that why I said the sanding step is very important, the very clean and smooth surface will avoid this defect.

Now is the most important step: varnish your wood. Just follow these tips:

+ Mixed your tin devotedly.

+ Brush the varnish in the right direction of your wood grain and make sure you just do it in only one way.

+ You can redo this process again until you get the satisfied surface but don’t forget to leave for the first coat dry till recoat again.

+ Try not to create the bubble by sanding carefully and clear all the dust.

+ Finally, you will get the perfect wood varnish as possible. These tips also use for wood painting also.

In the wood furniture, the grainis the most valuable part and the varnish can increase the value for your wood things. That why the perfect varnish coat is the dream of any woodworker and it can absolutely come true with a little passion and efforts. I hope these experience can help you in decrease time for varnish your wood to get the better result in any woodworking plan.

Norelco eyes ‘convenience’ with its three line intros

CHICAGO–Designed to better meet the needs of consumers seeking products with high-end features and low pricepoints, three product categories are being debuted by Norelco at next week’s Housewares Show here.

The new lines are the Ultra-Light Iron, Home Security and Tall Can, according to President Dick Kress.

Two models of the Tall Can line, scheduled to ship in August, will be seen at the NHMA Show. The CO2000 and CO3000 open cans of virtually any height and feature removable, dishwasher safe cutting assemblies. The CO3000 also has a knife-sharpening wheel on the back.

Both models are colored in almond with dark brown trim. Suggested retail for the CO2000 is $19.95 and for the CO3000, $22.95.

Norelco’s new Home Security line contains nine SKUs. The line features four automatic light/appliance timers, a property identifications system, a security light, two fire and smoke alarms and a fire and smoke alarm/security light combination.

The light/appliance timers feature a five-year warranty, continuous override switch and LED displays that indicate when the units are in operation. The suggested retail price range of the line is $15.95-$27.95.

Norelco’s Property Identification System includes four marking kits–a glass etching kit, an invisible pen, an indelible ink pen and an engraver for metal, plastic or wood objects. Suggested retail is $26.95.

The security light features 20 minutes of running time, a locking on/off switch and dual LED indicator lights. Suggested retail is $14.95.

Norelco’s fire and smoke alarm Model SD100 is a 9-volt battery-powered model with an 85-decibel horn, flashing LED light and low-battery warning beeper. Suggested retail is $14.95.

Model SD111L is a fire/smoke alarm with rechargeable security light. This promotional unit has a suggested retail of $29.95.

The third and smoke alarm line is Model SD500 which features a safety light, system test button and low-battery warning beep. Suggested retail in $27.95.

All Home Security products will be available in July.

Introducing the Ultra-Light Iron line was Garment Care Division Manager Bob Pape, who noted that, “Norelco has updated the iron and given it a whole new look. Our strategy with the line is to gain 10% market share during its first year.”

The four-SKU Ultra-Light line features Model HD1863 Total Clean that has a clean steam with a locked water chamber which eliminates dripping, water spotting or spilling. The unit’s tinted see-through water tank and pivoting cord stays off the hand while ironing right or left handed. Suggested retail is $47.95.

Model 1862 features a Silver-Stone-coated soleplate and pushbutton spray. Suggested retail is $37.95.

Models 1861 and 1860 feature water windows and comfort recess. Suggested retails are $27.95 and $24.95, respectively. Delivery of the Ultra-Light line is scheduled for June.

Idaho Woodworks gets MBN rights

SANDPOINT, Idaho Woodworks Inc., a woodenware company based here, has acquired the manufacturing and distribution rights of MBN Industries Inc., a Texas-based maker of under-the-cabinet cutting boards.

“It gives us a broader range of products to offer retailers,” said Kim Dandurand, president. “It makes us a one-stop shopping resource.” Dandurand explained that the MBN product line complements Idaho Woodworks’ line.

MBN products, which will be marketed under the Idaho Woodworks name, include under-the-cabinet “slide-away” wood and polypropylene cutting boards and patented ceramic and wood knife sharpeners.

Idaho Woodworks’ products include cherry, end-and edge-grain cutting boards and plastic cutting boards.

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In addition, the items fit well with Idaho Woodworks’ Classic Cutter, a patented two-sided cutting board that permanently bonds plastic and solid cherry in one board.

According to Dandurand, the acquisition was directed by Riso/Beren, marketing and management consultants for Idaho Woodworks. MBN, he said, needed assistance in getting its product placed at retail.

“The distribution of complementary products with Idaho Woodworks fits the overall strategy we’ve envisioned for the company,” said Ed Beren. explaining that the strategy is to add viable products with based volume potential while continuing to develop proprietary products created by Dandurand.

MBN’s under-the-cabinet cutting boards range at retail from $16.95 to $29.95.

The ceramic and wood knife sharpeners, which are available in three styles, range at retail from $19.95 to $24.95.

The products, which will debut at the January housewares show, will be available in both department stores and mass merchants.


Michael McCurdy says he has the capacity to “jump around” from one project to another, working on several at the same time, all of them in different stages. It is that capacity, combined with his great skill and fine talent, that has made him one of today’s most sought-after illustrators.

Distinctive McCurdy wood engravings and scratchboard drawings began appearing in books for adults in 1965 and in books for children during the past decade. “I wouldn’t want to do either just children’s books or just adult books,” he says. “It is important to have a variety of challenges.” While he finishes fifty-four drawings for American Fairy Tales, he is also doing sketches for The Bone Man (both Hyperion) and Trapped by Ice: Shackleton’s Amazing Journey (Walker). The Shackleton book is an especially exciting project for him, not just because he has written it, but because he will illustrate for the first time with full-color acrylic paintings.

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Asked to describe the difference between a wood engraving and a scratchboard drawing, McCurdy explains that a wood engraving is produced by cutting away from a block what one doesn’t want to use. That which remains is inked, and from it multiple copies of a print can be made. A scratchboard drawing is created from a piece of material that has been covered with ink. Using a nib, the artist “takes out the light.” What is not removed becomes the picture. With scratchboard, an artist can get more detail than is possible with wood engraving, through cross-hatching and other techniques.

To date thirty-four book publishers and seventeen magazines have used his work to enhance the texts of dozens of writers. But among his proudest achievements, beyond medals and awards, are significant small-press first editions he published on his own as Penmaen Press – lovely little books by authors such as William Saroyan, Allen Ginsberg, Richard Eberhart, Maxine Kumin, Richard Wilbur, Rosellen Brown, and Howard Norman. All with McCurdy’s illustrations, they have become collector’s items. Years after Norman and McCurdy’s first Penmaen collaboration, they did The Owl Scatterer (Atlantic), which was chosen by the New York Times as one of the best illustrated children’s books of 1986.


After studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at Tufts University, McCurdy traveled in Europe and the Soviet Union on a grant from the M.F.A. He came back to teach at the museum school, then at Concord Academy and later at Wellesley College. He is currently a Fellow at Simon’s Rock of Bard College in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, not far from the old farmhouse high on a hill where he lives and works.

Lynd Ward and Fritz Eichenberg were major influences in McCurdy’s career. He worked, studied, and traveled with both, and can do a fair imitation of Eichenberg commenting on the state of the world. But his experiences with Ward are ongoing. He inherited Ward’s tools and uses them daily.

Currently, in addition to the three books in progress mentioned above, McCurdy is completing The Seasons Sewn: A Year in Patchwork (Harcourt) and working with David Mamet on another book, Bar Mitzvah; also, “in the very embryonic stages,” is The Post Office by East Indian writer Tagore. A full schedule of book signings and gallery openings – including a trip to Gettysburg for an exhibit of original drawings from his acclaimed Gettysburg Address (Houghton) – seems only to enhance his accomplishments. He somehow manages to make each book an artistic achievement. McCurdy never takes any project for granted, working always to create pieces of art that stand on their own even as they depict aspects of a text. His eloquence has brought him a wide audience.

Displays: getting adventurous

DALLAS — Captivating displays that communicate a sense of advanture and intrigue are cropping up this summer in windows of accessories shops in better neighborhoods here.
A 340-square-foot Ylang-Ylang boutique, tucked away at The Shops and Galleries of the Crescent, simulated an African adventure by teaming fake fur with bamboo, warrior figurines and miniature Bengal tigers with a new line of “primitive” jewelry. The display, which cost about $500 for props, remained up for two and a half weeks in June, and was the only one of its kind at any of the 15 Ylang-Ylang units across the country, according to Charles Teichman, owner of two units here. His second is at the Galleria.
One window featured sterling and 18-karat gold coral jewelry, some of which is regularly available at the moderate to better costume and fine jewelry shop. A second window was devoted to the new primitive designs made exclusively for Ylang-Ylang. The jewelry reflects Egyptian, Incan and Mayan influences, said Teichman, who is French.

“We were going to hold off with this line until fall, but we tested it in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Dallas and sold everything out in one week. So we decided to offer it through summer and fall.”
Teichman explained that the jewerly, which is silver and gold-plated with semiprecious-looking glass stones, is popular with out-of-town guests staying at the nearby Crescent Hotel.
“Our traffic isn’t really heavy here, but it is high quality traffic,” he said. “Three-quarters of the people who come in buy something.”
Big earnings — “and the bigger the better,” said Teichman — are selling strongly, as well as bracelets and necklaces bought both in sets and alone. “Sometimes it’s too much for a customer to buy all three pieces,” he said, referring to the unusually ornate design of the jewelry.
Retail prices for the primitive pieces ranges from $48 to $95 for earnings; $115 to $165 for necklaces; and $75 to $125 for bracelets.
Presto — faux gold, jewel and pearl earrings, bracelets adn necklaces, exotic hair combs and other accessories seemed to float out of a magician’s hat in the window at L’Image, a 6-year-old hair salon and retail boutique in well-heeled Highland Park Village. L’Image’s two small windows, located at the entrance of the two-story building that houses the salon and other businesses, were designed by Dallas freelancer Joey Lanza and remained up for two weeks in June.
Pieces by Amy Jo Gladstone, Bijoux Bijoux, Bill Schiffer, Diseny and Great Falls Metalworks, as well as Medusa and Great Falls Metalworks, as well as Medusa and Charles Wahba hair accessories, were used as props.
Dalton Mast, owner of the Highland Park unit and two other L’Image shops in Dallas, said the windows have helped increase his retail business 30 to 40 percent since they were installed about a year ago.
Approximately 20 percent of his 2,000-square-foot salon is devoted to jewelry and hair items because “it’s a natural connection — hair and upper body accessories,” he said.
“You have a captive audience in the shop,” said Mast, who smiled as he pushed back h is long dark hair and continued. “Why stick to just service when you can increase your volume with retail.”
The accessories price list at L’Image shows $40 to $60 for earrings; $80 to $125 for necklaces; $3 to $120 for hair accessories; and $40 to $600 for Bill Schiffer-designed items.