Flexner on Finishing: Test to Find a Durable Finish

A few sample boards can save you from future finishing headaches.
By Bob Flexner
Pages: 100-101

From the February 2007 issue #160
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Finish manufacturers targeting the furniture industry and large professional finish shops provide a lot of information about their products. Unfortunately, the manufacturers who target amateur woodworkers and small shop professionals aren’t as helpful.

In the end, we are often left to our own devices to figure out the characteristics of the finishes we are buying.

Here are some easy tests you can perform in your shop to determine the qualities of the finishes you’re using. In most cases you’ll want to do the tests on scrap wood. For the most accurate results, let the finish cure at least a couple weeks in a warm room before performing the tests.

From the February 2007 issue #160
Buy this issue now