Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice
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.
Written by Greg Williams Monday, 16 April 2012 00:00
On 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.
Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 19 March 2012 00:00
Ever 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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