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Drawers Date Furniture

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...

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Flexner on Finishing: ‘Green’ Solvents

These environmentally friendly products are surprisingly effective. By Bob Flexner Pages: 60-62 From the February 2012 issue #195 Buy the issue now. The three primary solvents we use in wood finishing are paint thinner (mineral spirits), lacquer thinner and denatured alcohol. Paint thinner thins and cleans up oils, oil stains and varnishes, including oil-based polyurethane. Lacquer thinner thins...

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Flexner on Finishing: French Polishing Myths

Linen and more. By Bob Flexner Pages: 60-62 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue now Three times in the last year, articles have appeared in major woodworking magazines instructing readers to use linen for the outer cloth in a French polishing pad. No explanation, just the instruction. This brought back memories from 30 years ago of...

Wiping Varnish – What is it?

Wiping varnish is simply any brand of oil-based alkyd (regular) varnish or oil-based polyurethane varnish in any sheen (gloss or satin) thinned about half with mineral spirits (paint thinner). Rules for Application ■  Wipe or brush on the wood and ■  Wipe off all the excess; or ■  Brush off some or most of...

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Wiping Varnish

An excellent finish for first timers (and beyond). By Bob Flexner Pages: 50-55 From the November 2011 issue #193 Buy this issue now Wiping varnish is the finish I recommend you use if you are finishing for the first time. Wiping varnish is a term I coined in 1990 to categorize a large number of very popular fi...

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Flexner on Finishing: Odds & Ends

Four short (but crucial) finishing subjects. By Bob Flexner Pages: 58-60 From the October 2011 issue #192 Buy the issue now What follows are four concise – but important – finishing topics about which you’ve likely wondered. 1 – Metamerism Most of us have experienced a situation where we finish a project in our shop or garage to...