When Matt Bantly talks about a table he’s built, he instinctively rubs the palm of his hand across the surface of the wood, over to a corner and then back in the opposite direction, feeling the top’s chamfer. He’s not showing off.

In fact, he’s talking about his weakness — finishing — even though his finishes look professional.

Bantly catches himself rubbing the wood and laughs. “My grandfather did the same thing,” he says. “I just love that squeak, the tactile feel of wax.”

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