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Many houses and condos feature simple builder-grade oak cabinets. They’re inexpensive, simple, unobtrusive, and very “vanilla” so they won’t clash with appliances or other accessories one might add to a kitchen. But for those who wish to make their kitchen look a little more stylish, the outdated oak cabinets just don’t cut it. You guys probably know by now that I’m not real big on paint in general. I like to build with quality hardwoods and I use finishes that enhance their natural beauty. But in this case, we’re talking about mass-produced oak consisting mostly of sheetgoods. Furthermore, these cabinets are in my mom’s new condo and she really likes the painted look, so I’m going to make her happy.

To Pore Fill or Not to Pore Fill?

Oak is an open-grained species so if you just slap on a coat of paint, the pores will telegraph through the finish and you won’t have a smooth appearance. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, depending on your preferences. In our case, my mom wants the doors to have a smooth appearance so we’re pore-filling. The filler I use is Timbermate. This stuff is usually used as a putty and is very thick but it’s also water-soluble, so you can simply dilute it until you have a spreadable loose pancake batter consistency. Most times, one coat is all you’ll need. After the filler dries, the excess is sanded off and the only filler left on the doors and drawers is the stuff that’s packed into the grain. Just FYI, I did not do the pore-filling process on the face frames and cabinets inside the house. It’s a VERY dusty procedure and most of the face frames are covered by doors and drawers.


There are a TON of paint products on the market that would work on cabinets. Since I rarely delve into paint, I’m sticking with the materials I’m familiar with and that’s General Finishes Milk Paint. In spite of its name, this paint is actually an acrylic blend but provides the matte look that’s associated with traditional milk paint. Even though it’s more durable than the traditional stuff, it should still be top-coated with something like General Finishes High Performance if it’s to be in a high-use environment.

I used a turbine HVLP system to spray the doors and drawers and a brush and roller to paint the face frames and cabinets. I chose not to paint the cabinet interiors. If you do paint the interiors, consider the wear and tear of dishes and glasses and that the surfaces might look pretty bad after a while.

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30:36 – Why is Marc digging into his fingers?
31:08 – What could I replace my tablesaw with if I don’t have room for a Tablesaw?
33:27 – I have an old PM66 Table Saw – How can I change blades without cutting my hands?
36:39 – How can I sharpen my kitchen knives?
39:45 – How can I try and darken both Sapele and Red oak and still have them compliment each other?
41:53 – Have you tried out any of the thermally modified wood? Has Austin Hardwoods gotten any interesting exotics in?
44:50 – What’s the deal with spray Poly directions versus the normal gallon cans?
46:53 – How do you attach aromatic cedar in the bottom of the blanket chest if you wanted to add some?
47:16 – I am making the guild stepstool, can I laminate wood to get thicker wood?
49:14 – Looking to resaw with my new 14″ bandsaw, what size blade should I use?
50:33 – Have you ever taken on a very large order and was it worth it if you did?
53:25 – What do I need to know before power carving with an angle grinder?
55:07 – Is Marc attending the grand opening of April Wilkerson’s woodshop?
56:40 – Where should I start researching what Pellet Grill or Smoker to get to up my BBQ game?

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00:10:30 - How is the dust collection on different brands of miter saws?
00:12:10 - Are helical cutters easier to set up in jointers?
00:13:25 - What's the difference between a regular jointer and a parallelogram jointer?
00:14:20 - What are some of the most important features you look for on a drill press?
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00:18:02 - What kind of finish can I use on my countertops?
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00:27:57 - What tool should I get first if I want to process rough lumber?
00:28:53 - How can I account for the wood movement when making panels for the G&G entry bench?
00:29:37 - Is there adjustment that prevents snipe on a drum sander?
00:31:03 - How can I learn to cut dovetails?
00:32:10 - When can I skip plane my board?
00:33:25 - What finish can I use for a shaving brush that will be in the bathroom?
00:34:50 - What sizes dominos do you normally use?
00:37:30 - How can I help boiled linseed oil keep from seeping out of the wood?
00:41:00 - How can you finetune the amount of suction on your random orbit sander?
00:42:25 - What is the minimum HP on a drill press to use a forstener bit?
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00:17:50 – What’s your favorite router bit?
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00:39:42 – What are your thoughts on windows in the shop over wall space?
00:41:35 – How many teeth do you recommend for a ripping blade?
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00:44:23 – Should I get the 500 or 700 domino?
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The only thing I love more than woodworking is barbecue and my favorite way to cook it is on a kamado grill. After I got my XL Big Green Egg, I just had to build a stand worthy of it. Made from Sapele, this stand is beefy enough to take the substantial weight of a large ceramic grill and then some. The cloud lifts in the rails hint at Greene & Greene influence and take the humble BGE Table to a whole new level. I designed the table specifically for an XL Big Green Egg but you can certainly adapt it to any size or brand kamado you like. I also made sure the stand is compatible with the protective covers Big Green Egg makes for their own tables. If you want to make your own XL Big Green Egg Table, check out our plan and templates.

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00:21:55 – Would you choose TS 55 or TS 75?
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00:39:40 – Can the MFT and tracksaw be a viable substitute for a table saw?
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00:41:50 – What positives do you see coming out of this whole pandemic thing?
00:47:35 – Would you rather add a filter to the dust collection unit or get an air cleaner?
00:49:30 – Table saw set up dial giveaway
00:50:45 – What are your thoughts on the twin-turbo vice swivel mount?
00:52:22 – Any tips on using aniline dye?
00:53:50 – How can I strip an old film finish off a rocking chair?

G&G Adirondack Chair

00:56:15 – Does Osmo vs Rubio have specific applications?
01:01:25 – What’s your opinion on cabinets in a router table?
01:02:30 – Woodpeckers board mill as an alternative to a jointer?
01:03:30 – Woodpeckers corner guide giveaway
01:03:50 – Any ideas on what to make out of a 6″x6″x13″ block of wood?
01:07:00 – Would you prefer a knockdown workbench that’s larger or a smaller workbench that’s permanent?
01:08:35 – Can I lessen the amber color of the shellac I’m using?
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00:13:50 – Do you own a scroll saw?
00:14:55 – Would you own a stroke sander?
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00:19:05 – What are the changes you made to the gap stop in your workbench?
00:20:58 – Would you install a leg vice or a long chop on the face vice if you could only have one?
00:22:50 – What’s the best way to move large tools into a new shop?
00:25:25 – How do you use a sharpening jig on odd-shaped irons?
00:26:20 – Big Green Egg table update
00:27:30 – How can you determine the finish on an existing piece of furniture?
00:30:40 – Does the dust in the shop with electronics concern you?
00:32:38 – Do you have your router bits sharpened?
00:34:38 – How can I get the curve on the front of the jewelry box without a rasp or spokeshave?
00:36:38 – How can I properly use a card scraper?
00:39:00 – Where did you get the mat on your bench?
00:40:30 – How can I clean a spiral router bit?
00:43:00 – Any update on the intro to woodworking going?
00:44:30 – Where’s the line between following a style and adapting to your needs?
00:46:45 – Glove giveaways!
00:49:00 – Self-centering bits giveaway!
00:50:30 – Woodpeckers EZ edge giveaway
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00:54:50 – What paint can the fuji sprayer handle?

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Nesting Tables

Nesting Tables

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How to Apply Rubio Monocoat to Furniture

00:09:45 – Why did you go with Milwaukee for your cordless tools?
00:12:25 – How long have you had Powermatic as a sponsor?
00:15:02 – How are you liking the size and layout of your shop? What would you change?
00:16:55 – What’s the best finish for an outdoor mahogany piece?
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00:20:42 – What are some differences between Osmo and wipe on poly?
00:22:17 – Can we should at your “store” on the amazon app?
00:23:00 – Will Osmo help keep color and grain contrast of wood?
00:24:50 – How would epoxy react if applied to a waxed surface?
00:27:42 – Is there a good ratio on the thickness of drawer sides vs the drawer front?
00:29:00 – What’s the best way to glue hardboard to wood?
00:30:35 – Would an air filtration unit be less effective if it was on a shelf instead of hung?
00:31:50 – What’s a good tape measure?
00:34:15 – Where can I find the spreadsheet of previously asked questions?
00:35:48 – How do you know when an abrasive disc is spent?
00:39:08 – Do you have different chisels for paring vs chopping?
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00:43:00 – Would dewaxed shellac offer the same protection as regular shellac?
00:44:35 – What’s a good locking bevel or angle gauge?
00:47:00 – Is there a cheat sheet for what finishes can handle what abuse?
00:50:42 – What do you use to clean up epoxy squeeze out?
00:56:15 – Is Mateo a family name?

Mateo “The Apprentice” – March 2013

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This set of Nesting Tables is a little more delicate and “artistic” than my usual stuff. I spent a lot of time consulting with two design-savvy friends in hopes of coming up with something that was visually compelling when nested together as well as when separated. So thanks to John Funk and Brian Benham for their assistance. These tables are somewhat delicate with regard to the side designs but overall they’re pretty sturdy. Mortise and tenon joints hold everything together and the sides offered some fun opportunities in segmented ring construction.

If you’re interested in the full set of videos and plans, head on over to the Wood Whisperer Guild site to learn more. 

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00:09:25 – Would Marc’s knife display box be a decent jewelry box?
00:10:28 – What’s a good non Festool router you would buy?
00:11:45 – Has Nicole ever made anything?
00:13:10 – Do you use leather strops in your sharpening?
00:15:35 – What are some of the higher detailed (marketry, kumiko, etc) projects are you more interested now than you have in the past?
00:17:50 – What’s your favorite shop smell?
00:20:40 – What are your opinions on raised panel doors?
00:22:05 – Are disc/belt sanders hook and loop or adhesive back?
00:22:40 – Where did you get the hardware for your bench cabinet?
00:23:28 – Is sanding to 320 grit bad for Rubio?
00:27:22 – What’s your go to counter sink bit?
00:30:15 – Is there a tool you won’t work with because it’s too dangerous?
00:32:50 – What brand / model bandsaw would you buy if you could only have one?
00:36:40 – What’s your favorite way to cut mortise and tenons?
00:37:15 – What’s your least used large tool?
00:39:05 – What’s an inverted router?
00:40:17 – What’s your take on french cleat walls?
00:42:20 – Would using magnets in the chisel holder magnetize the chisels?
00:43:35 – How do you pick between sandpaper or card scraper?
00:45:30 – What’s the initial setup I need to do on my new bandsaw?
00:46:45 – Does Rubio change the color of epoxy?
00:48:00 – Do you talk about hand tool brand recommendations in your book?
00:51:23 – Guild project winner! Congratulations!

My wife and I moved into a new home and since both boys are out of the house we have two bedrooms to play with. Alaina wanted a Thomas Mosier, “New Century China” bed that costs around $6,000. I decided I’d try to sort of copy the idea using $60 worth of materials from the big box store. Then if it worked out, I’d spend real money for Cherry or Sapele. I’m no Thomas Mosier, nor am I a Marc Spagnulo… but the bed turned out very nice. Since all I had to go by were internet photos, I had to guess the dimensions and scale. Clearly I didn’t get it right, but it actually turned out to be a very attractive piece of furniture. I used my Domino XL and knock-down connectors to attach the headboard and footboard to the side rails. I used the XL’s huge tenons to connect everything else. Essentially I milled down 2×8 douglas fir and laminated the pieces to create all the parts that were thicker than 1 1/4″ (which was almost everything). Then I sat down and sketched out the dimensions for the headboard design and footboard parts. I carefully measured everything and cheated by using the domino to connect it all together. The finish was built-up using “General Finishes” products. I hand-brushed a stain-block primer and hand sanded the first coat with 220. Then I applied a second coat to stop tanin bleed-through. I lightly sanded it to 300 then applied four coats of “China Blue” milk paint topped with a single coat of Enduro Var to warm it up.