Wood Finishing Techniques and Advice

A rubbed finish will seal the deal well

Written by Greg Williams Monday, 01 June 2009 18:08

Few things will so improve the look and feel of a film coating on wood than “wooling out” your just-completed work



Test your knowledge with this quick quiz

Written by Bob Flexner Wednesday, 06 May 2009 15:12

A few months ago, Cabinetmaker magazine published a true/false quiz about glue, written by Gene Wengert, who has probably done more than anyone in the last 30 years to educate us about wood and adhesives. I enjoyed taking the “test” and, with full credit to Gene for the idea, I’m adapting it for finishing.



Woodworking can be a science project

Wednesday, 01 April 2009 14:40

Some years ago, I was discussing “higher” education with a friend, who humorously observed that “Any subject with the word ‘science’ in it probably isn’t.” The more I thought about it, the more I realized it was true. Think about it: political “science,” behavioral “science,” environmental “science” …



Speed up drying with a lacquer additive

Monday, 09 March 2009 15:30

It’s winter and it’s cold. All finishes dry and harden slower in cold temperatures. Some, such as conversion varnish, don’t cure properly at all.



Start planning if you’re going to finish

Thursday, 05 February 2009 15:45

Finishing can be a very challenging step in creating anything made of wood.



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