Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

Specialty finishes can add to your array of skills

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 12 December 2016 00:00

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I was introduced to glazes after having some experience with dye and pigment stains, sealer and topcoats, filler and shading lacquers. And I was flabbergasted. I asked, “Why didn’t you show me this sooner?” It was remarkably easy to understand and execute and did so many wonderful things to a finish, multiplying the looks I could achieve by hundreds of variations.

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Finishes are defined by how they dry

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 14 November 2016 00:00

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Most people try making sense of finishes by identifying the resin they’re made from: polyurethane, nitrocellulose, alkyd, acrylic, etc. But doing this doesn’t work well.

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The devil lives in the data

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 17 October 2016 00:00

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Tell the truth now. Have you ever used a new product, perhaps a stain, filler, glaze or sealer, without reading the instructions? Have you assumed that since you’ve been spraying lacquer for 20 years and you’ve had no problems for the last 18, that you’ve got it all figured out and don’t need no stinkin’ directions? Has that ever backfired?

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Smart coatings might truly change the way you feel

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 12 September 2016 00:00

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It seems like everything is becoming smart these days: phones, watches, cars and coatings — including paints and finishes.

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Step panels can give you a peek into the future

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 15 August 2016 00:00

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A very talented and accomplished woodworker of my acquaintance constructed a fairly large decorative object of solid walnut. A dealer commissioned the piece for display at a craft show and it involved metal as well as the wood. The desired finish was to be a warm brown, very transparent, very smooth but with little film build, emphasizing the figure and depth of the wood and contrasting with the bright-silver trim elements.

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