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Expert's Corner — machine

Finishing is not Always Easy

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Finishing is not Always Easy

First off, we all talk about doing it the same way every time. Creating finishes is like watching snowflakes fall. No two are identical. Even if two pieces are identical and being finished simultaneously in the spray zone, they are never identical because they are happening at two different spaces in time, with a twist of variables. You can rarely replicate anything exactly. Finishing is too subjective, and the better you get at it, the more your eye becomes brutally honest with you.  The spray rig with the operator who has the best eye wins in most cases. So, trick...

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TIP: Sand Through Veneer

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TIP: Sand Through Veneer

It takes quite a bit of effort to sand through veneer when sanding by hand. But machine tools can go through fairly quickly. The critical thing when you sand through is to stop! If the sand-through area is small enough, you may be able to fix it by painting in some of the grain and figure between coats of finish. Small areas are usually fairly easy to disguise. Large areas are impossible. So the question is, “How do you know when you have sanded through?” The answer is that the grain and figure of the wood disappear in a small...

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