Flexner on Finishing

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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...

Video: Spray-finishing the Monticello Bookcases

Last week Senior Editor Glen D. Huey and I applied a shellac and lacquer spray finish to the cover project for the June 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. These stacking bookcases are modeled after some reproductions at Monticello. These “book boxes” have an interesting history. You can read more at the Monticello site...

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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....