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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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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: 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...

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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...

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Flexner on Finishing: Refinishing Furniture

Stripper types. There are five categories of strippers. From left to right: high-percentage methylene chloride, low-percentage methylene chloride, strong solvent and no methylene chloride, refinisher (no methylene chloride and no wax), and NMP (n-methyl pyrrolidone). Repair, strip and refinish to restore old pieces. By Bob Flexner Pages: 58-60 From the August 2011 issue #191...

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Flexner on Finishing: Lacquer Thinner

This solvent is unique. By Bob Flexner Pages: 58-60 From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue now Lacquer thinner is the thinner used for all types of lacquer (not waterbased finishes, which are sometimes misrepresented as “lacquer”). These include the most common lacquer – nitrocellulose lacquer, colorless CABacrylic lacquer and the most durable lacquer – catalyzed...