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Flexner on Finishing: Revive or Restore?

Discover how (and when) to give old, deteriorated finishes new life. By Bob Flexner Pages 62-63 As finishes age, they deteriorate. First they dull, then they begin showing small cracks (called “crazing”). The culprit of this degradation is oxygen, which attacks the finish very slowly. Crazing is accelerated so much by ultraviolet light and heat, however, that...

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Flexner on Finishing: How to Choose a Finish

Your decision is simplified by the process of elimination. By Bob Flexner Pages 60-62 At some point as you progress in woodworking, you begin to realize that there are many finishes to choose among; you probably ask yourself if you are using the best finish for your project. Choosing is not as hard as it seems because...

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Flexner on Finishing: 5 Tricks for a Silky-smooth Finish

Achieve great results with the least amount of work. By Bob Flexner Pages 62-63 Think about it: What’s the first thing you do when judging someone else’s woodwork? You run your hand over it, of course. If it feels really smooth, you admire the work. If it feels rough, you aren’t as impressed – even though the...

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Flexner on Finishing: Wipe-on Finishes

How can something so simple be made so hard to understand? By Bob Flexner Page 60-62 It’s probably fair to say that a majority, or at least a large minority, of woodworkers use a finish they can wipe on and off the wood. No expensive spray gun; not even any brush cleanup. Simple. At least the application is...

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Flexner on Finishing: Sealers & Washcoats

Understand the difference between these often misused terms. By Bob Flexner Pages 60-62 It would be difficult to find wood finishing subjects that have been made more confusing than sealing and washcoating. This is unfortunate because these procedures are very simple and easy to understand. Definitions A sealer is the first coat of finish you apply to the wood....

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Drawers Date Furniture

Quick inspections reveal much about a piece’s age and possible origin. By Bob Flexner Pages 54-56 A while back, my wife and I were visiting friends who wanted to show us their collection of antique furniture. At one point we went into their bedroom and I headed directly for a very old-looking chest-of-drawers. I pulled the top...

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Flexner on Finishing: Finishes: They are A-changin’

Reformulations may compel you to adjust your finishing process. By Bob Flexner Pages 64-66 Many years ago a friend explained to me the difference between woodworking tools and finishes. Woodworking tools, he said, are physics. You can see them. You can see that a band saw isn’t a table saw even though it has a table. But finishes...

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Flexner on Finishing: Finishing in One Day (Or Less)

The key to a quick finish is the finish you choose. By Bob Flexnor Page 64-66 Finishing is seldom the most enjoyable part of woodworking, so many woodworkers want to get it over with in a day – or even an afternoon. Many manufacturers encourage this with their directions, which often produce less than optimal results because...