Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

Adding age and allure through the finishing process

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 13 February 2017 00:00

A professional associate of mine wants to make a copy of a classic sofa.  The original has endured normal wear and tear, leaving a patina the owner describes as “warm and golden brown, soft and smooth, light-reflecting, but not glossy, inviting a touch of the hand as much as the view of the eye.”

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With the finish in mind, starting is easier

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 16 January 2017 00:00

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Even before you begin a project or a production run, you should think about which finish you’re going to use. It could influence what you’re trying to achieve.

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Specialty finishes can add to your array of skills

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 12 December 2016 00:00

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I was introduced to glazes after having some experience with dye and pigment stains, sealer and topcoats, filler and shading lacquers. And I was flabbergasted. I asked, “Why didn’t you show me this sooner?” It was remarkably easy to understand and execute and did so many wonderful things to a finish, multiplying the looks I could achieve by hundreds of variations.

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Finishes are defined by how they dry

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 14 November 2016 00:00

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Most people try making sense of finishes by identifying the resin they’re made from: polyurethane, nitrocellulose, alkyd, acrylic, etc. But doing this doesn’t work well.

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The devil lives in the data

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 17 October 2016 00:00

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Tell the truth now. Have you ever used a new product, perhaps a stain, filler, glaze or sealer, without reading the instructions? Have you assumed that since you’ve been spraying lacquer for 20 years and you’ve had no problems for the last 18, that you’ve got it all figured out and don’t need no stinkin’ directions? Has that ever backfired?

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