Bob Flexner

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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: The Many Faces of Varnish

Despite their names, many of your finishing products simply are a form of varnish. By Bob Flexner Pages: 90-92 From the June 2005 issue #148 Buy this issue now You are surely familiar with varnish. It is one of the oldest and most widely available wood finishes, and it is a very popular finish...

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Flexner on Finishing: Choosing an Exterior Coating

Five different types of protection exist. Here’s a guide to choosing the best one for your project. By Bob Flexner Pages: 98-100 From the April 2005 issue #147 Buy this issue now The need to protect wood outdoors is much greater than the need to protect it indoors because of exposure to sunlight and...

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Flexner on Finishing: Repairing Color Damage

If the scratch isn’t deep, the fix isn’t difficult. By Bob Flexner Pages: 98-99 From the February 2005 issue #146 Buy this issue now Even if you aren’t a professional woodworker, you probably get called on now and then to look at finish damage on cabinets or furniture belonging to friends and neighbors. Your...

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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...

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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: 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...