Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

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.

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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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