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Joseph G. Swallow

I can answer all staircase balustrade questions where handrails, newels posts, balusters (wood and metal), and stair treads are concerned. I cannot help with cabinetry and floor (outside of stair-related treads and risers), as well as stain and finish issues unless staircase related.

Jamie Yocono

Woodworker, Furniture designer/builder, industrial arts educator. Bachelor degree in Furniture Design, and journeyman carpenter, with a 4 year apprenticeship. Currently owner of custom furniture/cabinet shop in Las Vegas, NV. Can answer most woodworking questions EXCEPT those regarding repairs, refinishing, and antiques.

Greg Scholl

Questions on Woodworking, wood finishing and refinishing of all kinds, repairing furniture and wooden objects, Architectural details, Woodturning, carving, tool usage, product usage, some chemistry as it applies to woodworking and related interests,cabinet making and furniture construction/design, etc. I have experience with all manners of colorants, finishes, paints, stains, dyes, glazes, and coatings, wood species recognition and usage,tool recommendations, blade types and recommendation,techniques and methods for many Woodworking related issues, etc.

maura macaluso

I can answer most questions, regarding, wood sculpture, wood carving, carving tools and accessories and different types of woods.I am not an appraiser of carvings nor an antique dealer.

Joseph A. Eldredge

We have been in the wood care business for almost 30 years (we are still learning) We do refurbishing and touch-up of furniture, paneling, antiques etc. The number one question that we receive; is what do I use on my furniture, to keep it looking moisturized, clean and get the depth perception back into the finish. I believe we can help on products to use and answer questions on why we don't use certain products that are available to us. I am sure that there are many questions on wood care that we can't answer; but, give us a try anyway. We find that many people use products for maintaining the wooden furniture, etc., and can't understand the reason it looks worse as they continue to use certain products. Most people use the products that their mothers and grandmothers used. Finishes on furniture have come a long way; from shellacs, waxes, varnishes etc. Give us an email and see if we can help with some of your questions and concerns.

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2016-10-07 How to even out and seal rosewood top:

Hi again Kasia, overall it looks in pretty good shape, but in situations like this I usually always chemically strip the top, because you need to darken it..there are a few reasons for this, the first

2016-10-05 How to even out and seal rosewood top:

Can you post a picture of the top?...typically these pieces were finished with an oil Tung oil, but pure Tung oil is not a good idea when there are better options out there that utilize a

2016-10-03 How to even out and seal rosewood top:

Hi Kasia, I wouldn't use that stain on the top if you want to use a penetrating oil. It will prevent the oil finish from penetrating and may inhibit adhesion(I'm assuming it's an oil stain..)...if it's

2016-09-25 Knotty alder or Douglas fir:

Hi Kay, the Alder is more dimensionally stable, a bit harder (from deciduous trees), and will probably make a better door all around. Fir is a Pine, softer, more finicky to stain, and more susceptible

2016-09-25 Wood entrance door:

Kay,  I don't feel that I am really qualified to answer this; other than what I have seen in my own experiences.    I know that the Douglas fir is used more in marine structures, landscaping, decking,

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