Bob Flexner

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Finishing for the Rest of Us

Here’s some tough love: Most good woodworkers are terrible finishers. I know this because I have seen hundreds – probably thousands – of pieces of furniture that have been entered in competitions or in juried shows during the last 15 years. And while the design, wood selection and joinery might be excellent, the finish...

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Flexner on Finishing: Refinishing Furniture

Repair, strip and refinish to restore old pieces. By Bob Flexner Pages: 58-60 From the August 2011 issue #191 Buy this issue now Refinishing is a topic worthy of an entire book. In fact, restoring furniture includes all of woodworking and finishing because all skills may be called into play. In lieu of a book, here...

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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...

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Flexner on Finishing: Spray Gun Maintenance

Avoid problems and lengthen the life of your tool with two simple acts. By Bob Flexner Pages: 98-99 As with any tool, a properly working spray gun is a joy to use. On the other hand, one that isn’t working well can go unused or even end up in the trash if you don’t...

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The Basics of Wiping Varnish

Its durability and ease of use make searching out this hard-to-identify finish worth it. By Bob Flexner Pages: 70-75 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Of all finishes available, none offers as much protection and durability with as little difficulty in application as wiping varnish. With wiping varnish you can...

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Flexner on Finishing: Wood Conditioner Confusion

Contradictory finishing information is frustrating. Here we clear up one example. By Bob Flexner Pages: 110-111 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now Each month Popular Woodworking receives many letters from readers confused and frustrated with finishing. What many readers don’t realize is that much of their frustration is a result...

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Flexner on Finishing: Fixing Finished Surfaces

Remove common surface problems with minimal damage to the finish. By Bob Flexner Pages: 86-87 From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this issue now Cleaning the finish on furniture can involve more than just wiping now and then with a damp cloth or furniture polish. Foreign matter can become stuck to the surface...

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Flexner on Finishing: Thick & Thin of Wood Finishing

A penetrating look at protection. By Bob Flexner Pages: 98-99 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now This article makes use of a clever title to combine two unrelated facts about wood finishing. The first is: The thicker the finish film after all coats have dried, the better the protection for...