Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

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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Ways to wipe out the worst problems

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 15 November 2010 00:00

28_bob_fexnerHere are 10 examples of some finish conundrums your clients might experience and how you can guide them to success

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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.

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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.

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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.

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