Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

Bleach can make your pieces brighter and lighter

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

gregwilliamsWood furniture gets refinished for a variety of reasons. The finish might be worn or damaged or the appearance is simply no longer pleasing to the customer. If the piece needs more color, such as a darker color or a different sheen, that’s not much of a problem. But if the customer wants a lighter or brighter color that can’t be accomplished without removing, neutralizing or hiding the existing darker color, the job becomes a challenge.

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Done right, it’s truly a beautiful thing

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00

28_bob_fexnerA wood finish is a clear, transparent coating applied to wood to protect it from moisture and make it look richer and deeper. It differs from paint, which is a wood finish loaded with enough pigment to hide the wood. It also differs from stain, which is a wood finish and a colorant (pigment or dye) with a lot of thinner added so the excess stain is easy to wipe off. The remainder just colors the wood; it doesn’t hide the wood.

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Cooking up an ‘omelet’ test for finishing techniques

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

gregwilliamsAs an exercise, I asked a group of finishers and shop owners: “What test would you give a prospective employee for a lead finishing position?”

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A primer on UV-cured coatings

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

28_bob_fexnerAs you are no doubt aware, a primary goal of the coatings industry during the last several decades has been to reduce the amount of solvents released to the atmosphere. These are called VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and, effectively, they include all the solvents we use except acetone, which has a very low photochemical reactivity and has been exempted as a VOC solvent.

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Cabinet-grade finish means simple, quick and easy

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

28_bob_fexnerIf you read the woodworking magazines or look online, you often come across instructions for filling pores, glazing, toning, rubbing out and so on. These are wonderful techniques for use on sophisticated projects such as furniture. But they are often overkill for basic kitchen or bathroom cabinets.

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