Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

New regulations can open new doors for finishers

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 14 December 2015 00:00

gregwilliamsRegulatory bodies, like most government agencies — even the most benign — have a tendency to grow in influence, power, complexity and size. As a natural result, they participate in a dynamic tension where they depend on the regulated for their own existence, but in the exercise of their restrictive powers tend to depress the industries they regulate.

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Cut through the myths involved in French polishing

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 16 November 2015 00:00

28_bob_fexnerFrench polishing is a method of applying shellac to a surface to create an almost perfect high-gloss finish film that has great depth. Though it takes practice to master, the procedure is easy to describe.

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All online (and offline) tips are not created equal

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 19 October 2015 00:00

Back in the last century, I was on a team developing a wood-finishing short course. A major manufacturer had given us two spray guns to use in our classes and we were testing out some of our procedures with a select group of students who would help us fine-tune the presentations and exercises.

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Spraying no-wipe stains can provide richer results

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 14 September 2015 00:00

28_bob_fexnerThe most common method of staining is to apply a wet coat and wipe off all or most of the excess before the stain dries. Any application tool can be used to apply the stain – rag, brush or spray gun, or you can dip, then wipe.

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Like nothing ever happened

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 17 August 2015 00:00

gregwilliamsOnce you’ve done the fill — whether it is an epoxy fill, burn in, polyester fill or cellulose fiber putty-type fill — the challenge is to produce an unnoticeable repair.

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