As with any job, preparation seems like 90% of the work involved. I’m going to make the assumption that most people have used a dishwasher before. Cleaning, rinsing, putting detergent pods in and loading the dishwasher is more than half the battle. Pushing the start button never comes too soon. The same holds true for woodworking. From shaping and planing the wood to smoothing to finishing, 3/4 of the work is in the prep. Applying the finish is when you really start to see what you’ve done right or wrong in the prep. Next project you have, see if your prep work pays off!
In the images above, we are making a Red Elm dining table which shows the table cut to its final dimensions, planed and sanded smooth before applying finish.
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