Flexner on Finishing

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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...

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Flexner on Finishing: What is Oil?

Understanding just a little chemistry will teach you a lot about this finish. By Bob Flexner Pages: 90-92 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now At a recent wood-finishing seminar, a participant asked, “What is oil?” The question caused me to remember my own confusion a number of years ago. The...

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Flexner on Finishing: Common Spray Gun Problems

Don’t be a drip – learn how to keep your equipment in fine working order. By Bob Flexner Pages: 98-99 From the  February 2006 issue #153 Buy this issue now In the last issue I showed you how to maintain and clean a spray gun. Keeping parts oiled and the spray gun free of...

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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...