Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

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” …



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.



Start planning if you’re going to finish

Thursday, 05 February 2009 15:45

Finishing can be a very challenging step in creating anything made of wood.



Test to see if your bond is inseparable

Tuesday, 30 December 2008 21:05

No occurrence in finishing is worse than having layers of finish peel or chip from each other or from the wood, especially after a job has been delivered and installed.



Spot finishing can be win-win situation

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 17:23

Finishers are generally familiar with blushing in lacquer, a cloudy white appearance in a lacquer coating caused by a reaction with moisture. What many don’t know, however, is that water and alcohol spots or rings are chemically identical to blushing, and can be removed the same way. Even the marks left by a hot pizza box placed on the conference table can be treated similarly.



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