Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

VOC measurements can make your head hurt

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 19 September 2011 00:00

28_bob_fexnerIn the August issue of Woodshop News, I wrote about complying with various governmental regulations, including the difficulty determining the amount of VOC solvent you can legally exhaust [Regulation roulette, Page 31]. But learning the limits is not the whole story. You also have to figure out how much VOC you are actually emitting.



An old-school way to add French polish

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 15 August 2011 00:00

16_greg_williamsNot long ago, I was preparing for a class on French polishing/padding for spot repair and had to dig around the shop for the necessary ingredients. For quite a number of years, I taught padding as a spot-repair technique for Mohawk Finishing Products, but as new products and techniques were developed I gradually deemphasized this technique.



Achieve smoother results without the extra effort

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 18 July 2011 00:00

28_bob_fexnerUnless you make very high-end furniture such as dining tables, you probably don’t want to get into rubbing finishes. Rubbing — using sandpaper, steel wool, abrasive pads, compounds, lubricants and specialized electrical or pneumatic polishing tools — is a lot of work. And there are large possibilities for rub-throughs and other damage.



Finishing schools for the serious student

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 13 June 2011 00:00

16_greg_williamsThere is no shortage of educational opportunities for woodworkers, from technical seminars held in conjunction with shows and classes at woodworking vendors, to dedicated institutes covering almost every aspect of woodworking.



Refinishing can add just the right touch

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 16 May 2011 00:00

28_bob_fexnerWhat is the proper finish for 18th and 19th century furniture or reproductions of this furniture? The key consideration in choosing a finish is reversibility. Can the finish be removed without damaging the wood?



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