Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

Spray booths need to be used correctly

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 15 October 2012 00:00

gregwilliamsThe purpose of a spray booth, room or cabin is to provide a safe and efficient facility in which to spray apply coatings to a surface. It should be of sufficient size to readily accommodate the product to be finished, but not excessively large, as the cost of operation goes up with volume. For safety, a clear space of not less than 3’ around the booth should be kept free of storage or combustible construction. The booth should be of such construction as to discourage the spread of fire and contain minor explosions.

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Shellac as a sealer? It’s all just hype

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 17 September 2012 00:00

28_bob_fexnerYou’ll hear shellac tossed around a lot as the “best” sealer, mostly in woodworking magazines targeting amateurs. I’ve come across many professional finishers, however, who believe they should be using shellac rather than the finish itself, a sanding sealer, vinyl sealer or a catalyzed sealer for a first coat.

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Two successful ways to fight off decay

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 20 August 2012 00:00

gregwilliamsFor several years, the economy has been changing our daily habits and spending patterns. One effect is the increased attention on the comfort, appearance and entertainment value of the home. This involves the outdoor environment, including decks, pergolas, gazebos, cooking and dining areas, Adirondack chairs, Kennedy rockers and other furniture often of fine design, construction and well-figured woods.

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Choices limited by availability for an early American craftsman

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 16 July 2012 00:00

28_bob_fexnerMost modern woodworkers share a profound admiration for the high skill level of those 18th-century furniture makers whose work has survived. But what about their finishing skills and the finishes they used? What do we know about these?

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Shedding light on getting the right sheen

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 18 June 2012 00:00

gregwilliamsIn the finishing world, we are concerned with such attributes of appearance as color, texture, shape and sheen, as well as attributes of feel or tactile sensation, such as smoothness, slipperiness, sharpness and hardness.

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