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Flexner on Finishing: Sealers & Washcoats

Understand the difference between these often misused terms.By Bob Flexner Pages 60-62It 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 64-66Many 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 64-66Finishing 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: 60-62From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue nowThree 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: 58-60From the October 2011 issue #192 Buy the issue nowWhat 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...