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: 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...

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Flexner on Finishing: The 7 Myths of Polyurethane

Oft-repeated ‘rules’ that are, quite simply, wrong. By Bob Flexner Pages: 76-79 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now All levels of finishing are burdened with myths, but the types of finishes used by amateurs and sold in home centers and woodworking stores suffer the most. Myths about polyurethane are a...

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Flexner on Finishing: Gel Varnish

The (almost) perfect compromise. By Bob Flexner Pages: 74-76 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now Most woodworkers do their finishing with one of two wipe-on/wipe-off finishes: oil/varnish blend or wiping varnish. Oil/varnish blend is a thinned mixture of boiled linseed oil or tung oil with alkyd or polyurethane varnish. You...

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Flexner on Finishing: The Thick & Thin of Veneer Repair

Veneer is just thin wood – so don’t be afraid of it. By Bob Flexner Pages: 66-68 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now I love repairing old furniture – the older the better. I find repairing more challenging and satisfying than making new because someone else, or time and age,...