Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

Hands-on finishing that machines can’t touch

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

28_bob_fexnerWoodworking skills in furniture factories have been largely replaced by computerized equipment, but this hasn’t happened nearly as much with decorative finishing. While the simple spraying of clear coats is often done by robots or in flat-line assemblies, coloring steps are still done largely by hand. These steps can produce quite sophisticated results and you don’t have to be a factory to take advantage of them. They work just as well in smaller shops. Some of the steps are applied directly to the wood, while others are done within the finish.



Leaping over finishing hurdles, step by step

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 17 February 2014 00:00

gregwilliamsSometimes it’s really the little things that make a difference.



VOCs: Bumpy ride came before smoother finishes

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00

28_bob_fexnerFor the last half-century or so in the United States, we have devoted a lot of attention and resources to cleaning up the environment. As applied to coatings, the primary emphasis has been on reducing the amount of smog-causing solvents used in our paints and finishes. These solvents are called VOCs (volatile organic compounds).



Lacquer costs now can mean profits later

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 16 December 2013 00:00

gregwilliamsIt’s too expensive.



The A-to-Z guide to finishing vocabulary

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

28_bob_fexnerMost professions and trades have their own vocabulary. Here are some of the more obscure terms we use in wood finishing:



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