Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice
Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 17 September 2012 00:00
You’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.
Written by Greg Williams Monday, 20 August 2012 00:00
For 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.
Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 16 July 2012 00:00
Most 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?
Written by Greg Williams Monday, 18 June 2012 00:00
In 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.
Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 14 May 2012 00:00
Blotching, 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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