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The amazing and most resourceful Craig Smith shares another smart, simple tip:

If you’re like me, you have a small inventory of wood stains on hand. And if you’re further like me, you have a few nice projects that you’re proud of. But when it comes to touching up a scuff, or making a matching piece years later… “What color did I use?” Recently, I’ve been making sure to flip the cans upside down and label them with the projects they were used on. This after I had to put four different stains on a test piece to determined which one I’d used on the bookcase, in order to make an additional matching shelf years later. From now on, I will label!

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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