Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

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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Shining light on finishing solutions and photography, too

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 14 May 2012 00:00

28_bob_fexnerBlotching, which is the stain causing an uneven coloring on the wood, is usually associated with the wood rather than the way a stain is applied. Most tight-grained woods, especially softwoods, have a natural tendency to blotch.

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Cash in with good grain-filling procedures

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 16 April 2012 00:00

gregwilliamsOn the many Internet chat groups, forums and blogs dealing with woodworking in general — and finishing in particular — there’s one issue that keeps coming up. It’s pretty much what I’ve been hearing for more than 30 years, with just a few new products and procedures being tried.

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Are more apprenticeships on the horizon?

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 19 March 2012 00:00

28_bob_fexnerEver since the renewal of interest in woodworking in the 1970s, especially among amateurs and small-shop professionals, there has been talk of re-establishing an apprenticeship program similar to what existed hundreds of years ago. But what was that apprenticeship system like?

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