Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

Avoid a blotch on your finishing record

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 18 April 2011 00:00

16_greg_williamsIn a recent short class on finishing for a woodworker's club, I was asked at least five times whether it is possible to prevent stain blotching. Unfortunately, in the time allotted, we couldn't create all the scenarios that can cause blotching, but in this article I'd like to explore most of them.



Solutions might reside down the street

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 14 March 2011 00:00

28_bob_fexnerMany small woodworking and restoration shops are confined (or confine themselves) to local home centers and paint stores for all their finishing supplies. The question is: What can you still accomplish when all you have available is the somewhat-limited selection from these stores that typically cater to the mass public and professional painters?



Complexion depends on what you cook up

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 14 February 2011 00:00

16_greg_williamsIn many of the talks and classes that I give, we start with basics such as, "Why do we want to finish wood?" Protection is one of the two primary reasons. We want to protect it from factors that would change its nature from what we desire or have contributed to a state that we would not desire. That is, we don't want it to fall apart, rot, smell bad, change color in the wrong direction, collect dirt and grunge, or otherwise deteriorate or become less useful.



Three quick steps to greater efficiency

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 17 January 2011 00:00

28_bob_fexnerImproved efficiency translates into more income, so everyone wants to be more efficient. Here are three areas for you to look at with the goal of improving your work rate.



Crackle can create an eye-popping effect

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 13 December 2010 00:00

16_greg_williamsMy wife and I recently went to a well-known furniture outlet store to look at a curio cabinet. Prominently displayed was a reddish cabinet with heavy crackle and a black, or almost-black, glaze. Crackle finishes have waxed and waned in popularity, but since the late 1970s there has been a steady demand for the technique used to produce those finishes. While there are many methods of producing a crackle finish, most involving glue as a breaking coat, none are easier or more controllable than a good crackle lacquer.



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