Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

Leaping over finishing hurdles, step by step

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 17 February 2014 00:00

gregwilliamsSometimes it’s really the little things that make a difference.

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VOCs: Bumpy ride came before smoother finishes

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00

28_bob_fexnerFor the last half-century or so in the United States, we have devoted a lot of attention and resources to cleaning up the environment. As applied to coatings, the primary emphasis has been on reducing the amount of smog-causing solvents used in our paints and finishes. These solvents are called VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

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Lacquer costs now can mean profits later

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 16 December 2013 00:00

gregwilliamsIt’s too expensive.

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The A-to-Z guide to finishing vocabulary

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

28_bob_fexnerMost professions and trades have their own vocabulary. Here are some of the more obscure terms we use in wood finishing:

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“Tootsie Roll” epoxy is good for damage repair

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 21 October 2013 00:00

gregwilliamsMost people who repair minor damage to finished wood are familiar with resin burn-in sticks, polyester fillers such as Bondo and epoxies of various sorts. Far and away the most versatile filler, almost a perfect replacement for wood, is the epoxy stick generically called “Tootsie Roll” epoxy.

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