Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

Solvent-based finish pick can be tricky

Written by Bob Flexner Friday, 26 June 2009 18:39

The trade-off among catalyzed and non-catalyzed finishes is durability versus ease-of-use; there’s no ‘cure all’

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A rubbed finish will seal the deal well

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 01 June 2009 18:08

Few things will so improve the look and feel of a film coating on wood than “wooling out” your just-completed work

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Test your knowledge with this quick quiz

Written by Bob Flexner Wednesday, 06 May 2009 15:12

A few months ago, Cabinetmaker magazine published a true/false quiz about glue, written by Gene Wengert, who has probably done more than anyone in the last 30 years to educate us about wood and adhesives. I enjoyed taking the “test” and, with full credit to Gene for the idea, I’m adapting it for finishing.

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Woodworking can be a science project

Wednesday, 01 April 2009 14:40

Some years ago, I was discussing “higher” education with a friend, who humorously observed that “Any subject with the word ‘science’ in it probably isn’t.” The more I thought about it, the more I realized it was true. Think about it: political “science,” behavioral “science,” environmental “science” …

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Speed up drying with a lacquer additive

Monday, 09 March 2009 15:30

It’s winter and it’s cold. All finishes dry and harden slower in cold temperatures. Some, such as conversion varnish, don’t cure properly at all.

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