Experienced woodworkers develop techniques that are simple to use and easy to remember. Sometimes those techniques provide a smack-your-forehead moment. That was the case when Chuck Bender and I visited with Frank Klausz in early November.
Sitting on a shelf in his round, water-tower workshop was a new can of Waterlox (Water tower and Waterlox?), which I was amazed to find out is Frank’s favorite finish. He has a multiple-step process by which he applies the finish, but Waterlox is the only finish he uses – that’s keeping it simple.
Sitting next to the new can was a Waterlox container that had seen its better days. I asked Frank what had happened and why the can was crunched. His reply reinforced the fact that we were in the presence of an experienced woodworker.
“I squeeze the can,” Frank said, “to remove the excess air, which keeps the finish fresh.” I officially smacked my forehead. Think about this as you slip into your turkey-induced coma on Thursday.