Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

What really makes that wood look so good?

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 12 December 2011 00:00

16_greg_williamsIn an experiment some years ago, when I was first learning about what stains really were, a co-worker and I created some sample boards — small panels with the complete finish applied to them in various colors to demonstrate the colors of the stains with which we were working. These were all pigment stains from probably three or four different manufacturers. We used several different species and cuts of wood and sanded them with the same sandpaper.

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HVLP’s evolution is an interesting story

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

28_bob_fexnerHigh-volume, low-pressure spray technology has been in wide use for almost a quarter century and has become so dominant that the old high-pressure guns, which first became available in the early 20th century, are difficult to find anymore.

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It doesn’t pay to skimp on buying quality brushes

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 17 October 2011 00:00

16_greg_williamsThere are many brushes used in a finishing shop — too many to discuss in a short article. But I’d like to give you some things to think about when making a selection. Consider this a brief overview, from my perspective.

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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.

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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.

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