Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

Understanding solvents is family affair

Tuesday, 30 September 2008 00:00

Solvents are difficult to understand because they all look alike in the can. To make sense of them, and especially to understand lacquer thinner, which is the most important solvent for fast-drying finishes, it helps to organize the solvents into families.



Finishing both sides is warped thinking

Tuesday, 05 August 2008 20:05

Bob FlexnerIt’s a widespread myth among woodworkers and finishers that to prevent warping it’s necessary to balance moisture-vapor exchange by finishing both sides of wood.



Cooking up the right finish is paramount

Wednesday, 27 August 2008 15:32

As every throwback woodworker knows, using natural oil-resin varnishes yields a fine surface



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