Article Index Flexner on Finishing

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Flexner on Finishing: Some Reflections on Sheen

Understanding how sheen works allows you to control the gloss on your finishes. By Bob Flexner Pages: 90-91 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now One of the most important qualities of a finish when it comes to appearance is sheen. A finish can vary from a gloss so high it...

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Flexner on Finishing: Rub to Create a Great Finish

Achieving a glass-flat surface is a lot easier than you might think. By Bob Flexner Pages: 79-83 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now After spending countless hours building a project, you naturally want the finish to be perfect. To achieve that you need to understand the one thing that separates...

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Flexner on Finishing: Understanding Stains

Don’t let the dizzying array of choices get you discombobulated. By Bob Flexner Pages: 90-93 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now Go to any home center and you will probably be offered a choice of four types of stain: oil, varnish, water-based and gel (though the shelf arrangement and labeling...

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Flexner on Finishing: What is Oil?

Understanding just a little chemistry will teach you a lot about this finish. By Bob Flexner Pages: 90-92 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now At a recent wood-finishing seminar, a participant asked, “What is oil?” The question caused me to remember my own confusion a number of years ago. The...

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Flexner on Finishing: Common Spray Gun Problems

Don’t be a drip – learn how to keep your equipment in fine working order. By Bob Flexner Pages: 98-99 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now In the last issue I showed you how to maintain and clean a spray gun. Keeping parts oiled and the spray gun free of...

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Flexner on Finishing: A Primer on Solvents

Categorize by type to cut through confusion. By Bob Flexner Pages: 90-92 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now Unless you’ve been doing wood finishing for quite a while, I imagine the shelves of solvents in home centers and paint stores look pretty much like Greek to you. Which solvent goes...

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Flexner on Finishing: Home-center Finishing

You can achieve a great finish from commonly available products. By Bob Flexner Pages: 96-99 From the November 2007 issue #165 Buy this issue now We all love home centers for the good stuff they carry and for their low prices. But home centers cater to the lowest common denominator consumer – that is,...

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Flexner on Finishing: Rules for Sanding Wood

Material and finish choice help dictate grit progression. By Bob Flexner Pages: 79-81 From the October 2007 issue #164 Buy this issue now The objective of sanding wood is to remove mill marks, which are caused by woodworking machines, and to remove other flaws such as dents and gouges that may have been introduced...

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Flexner on Fixing: Animal Hide Glue

Reversibility and quick tack make this traditional method worth the trouble – sometimes. By Bob Flexner Pages: 82-85 From the August 2007 issue #163 Buy this issue now In my last story (April 2007, issue #161) I discussed regluing doweled chairs. The chair I used for illustration was made in the 1920s or early...