Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

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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Proper shading can set the right tone

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 13 February 2012 00:00

16_greg_williamsI had two recent experiences that raised the specter of adding color after the stain was applied.

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Cutting boards, wood countertops and finishes

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

28_bob_fexnerI’ve had lots of inquiries recently about finishing cutting boards and wood countertops. This has surprised me because I thought this issue was widely understood.

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What really makes that wood look so good?

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 12 December 2011 00:00

16_greg_williamsIn an experiment some years ago, when I was first learning about what stains really were, a co-worker and I created some sample boards — small panels with the complete finish applied to them in various colors to demonstrate the colors of the stains with which we were working. These were all pigment stains from probably three or four different manufacturers. We used several different species and cuts of wood and sanded them with the same sandpaper.

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HVLP’s evolution is an interesting story

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 14 November 2011 00:00

28_bob_fexnerHigh-volume, low-pressure spray technology has been in wide use for almost a quarter century and has become so dominant that the old high-pressure guns, which first became available in the early 20th century, are difficult to find anymore.

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