Australian Woodsmith 20th October 2021
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I buy litre-sized cans of polyurethane and varnish because they’re more cost-effective. But if the leftover cans of finish go bad from exposure to air, I’m not saving any money. Needless to say, I wanted a way to preserve the remaining finish after I opened the can so the finish stays fresh. 

As you can see in the photo, I use a collapsible water bag, like the ones sold in sporting goods stores in the backpacking department. When the varnish is transferred, I squeeze the bag to remove the air from it and replace the cap to seal it. As a result, the varnish doesn’t skim over.    

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SAFETY IN THE WORKSHOP Safety devices, such as riving knives, guards on table saws and guards over router bits have been deliberately left out of the line drawings in Australian Woodsmith projects in order to make them easier to follow. It goes without saying that where safety devices have been supplied by the manufacturers you should use them. We encourage the use of push sticks as good work practice.
    Exercise vigilance and the greatest of care when using power tools, whether stationary or portable. Keep all your tools sharp and well maintained. Wear protective eyewear, a dust mask and a hearing protector when appropriate. By limiting distractions and developing safe work practices you will go a long way to avoiding workshop accidents. So, work safe fellow woodworkers.  -Editor
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