Bob Flexner

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Flexner on Finishing: Making Sense of Dyes

Don’t allow the packaging to cause you confusion. By Bob Flexner Pages: 90-93 From the November 2006 issue #158 Buy this issue now When I opened my furniture making and restoration shop 30 years ago, there were two types of dye in wide use. I made great use of both, but for different situations....

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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: 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 Finishing: How to Brush a Finish

Putting some sense back into a simple task. By Bob Flexner Pages: 82-84 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now For most people, the first experience brushing comes with oil or latex paint, or with alkyd or polyurethane varnish. Each of these coatings is relatively easy to brush. Brushing is very...

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Flexner on Finishing: Applying Wiping Varnish

Practice makes perfect. By Bob Flexner Pages: 90-92 From the November 2008 issue #172 Buy this issue now I ’ve written several times in these pages about wiping varnish being one of the best finishes for a woodworker not using a spray gun – most recently in November 2005 . Wiping varnish is simply...

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Flexner on Finishing: Shellac and Sealing Wood

Clearing up the confusion. By Bob Flexner Pages: 84-85 From the October 2008 issue #171 Buy this issue now Shellac was once the most widely used wood finish in the world. Now it’s commonly promoted in woodworking magazines as a sealer, often as the “best” or “universal” sealer, even though virtually no cabinet shop...