Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

A primer on using lower-VOC finishers

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 18 October 2010 00:00

16_greg_williamsFinish manufacturers have been dealing with the challenges of lower VOC coating products for quite a while. They've learned a lot, but the information has struggled to reach the small-shop finisher.



Spot and fix the most vexing problems

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 13 September 2010 00:00

28_bob_fexnerHere are 15 of the most common application problems, gathered together in one list. I first describe each problem and then list methods to avoid and fix it - if it's possible to fix.



Don’t glaze over this coloring technique

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 16 August 2010 00:00

16_greg_williamsI've seen this happen a lot. A shopper buys a nice-looking antique at an auction, antique shop or flea market. It needs a little repair and the finish is a bit shabby, but the proportions are good and it is structurally sound. He envisions it cleaned up, maybe refinished, and restored to its former luster. He takes it to a refinishing shop with a good reputation and explains what he wants done.



Walking a fine line during application

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 19 July 2010 00:00

28_bob_fexnerYou may not have thought of it this way, but the opposite meanings of the words "thick" and "thin" explain a lot about wood finishing.



Prepare for defects and fix them quickly

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 14 June 2010 00:00

16_greg_williamsIf you produce a finished wood product with the intention of making a profit, you've had to deal with a defective or damaged product at the delivery site.



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