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Finishing the Finish

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Finishing the Finish

“A finish should invite you, it should ask to be rubbed and touched and it should feel like warm butter.” Of any single thing that has been the definitive selling point for my furniture through the years, it has been the finish. Proper equipment, skill and environment can produce this, but often, for the average guy, it just doesn’t happen to his satisfaction. The simple solution is to rub the finish, but here again, there are many different means of doing that. Some simply are a ‘Witch’s Brew’ that are not successful. Some are very labor intensive and some are...

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TIP: Dry Spray When Spraying Insides of Cabinets

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TIP: Dry Spray When Spraying Insides of Cabinets

If you have ever sprayed the inside of a cabinet with a fast-drying finish such as lacquer or catalyzed lacquer, you have surely experienced dry spray settling on the surface and causing it to feel rough. The bounce back and turbulence created by the force of the spray keeps the finish particles in the air so long that the finish on the surface has already set up before all of the particles land. And when they do land, they stick to the surface, but don’t dissolve in. The problem is reduced with HVLP and especially with turbine HVLP because there...

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TIP: Make Your Own Paste Wax

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Commercial brands of paste wax are as good as anything you can make yourself, but you may still want to make your own just for fun or to get a specific color or shine. Here’s how to do it. Grate the wax, or combination of waxes, into a container. Carnauba is available in flake form, so just put it in the container. Add turpentine, mineral spirits or naphtha in the ratio of about ½ pint of solvent to one pound of wax. Then put the container into a pot of water and heat it over a flame, stirring as necessary....

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Product Testimonial from Chip Wade on Twitter

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Product Testimonial from Chip Wade on Twitter

Thanks for the great tools and products @Woodcraft @KregToolCompany @KennedyMfg @apollospray #EllenDesignOnHGTV @ChipWade Mar 09 https://twitter.com/ChipWade      

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What Went Wrong? Predicting Performance

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What Went Wrong?  Predicting Performance

Greg Williams has been involved in the furniture industry since 1971, and has been intimately involved in the larger wood finishing world for more than 35 years.  He is retired from the RPM Finishes Group where he formerly served as Senior Instructor and Manager of Education for Mohawk Finishing Products and H. Behlen Brothers.  He has taught finishing and touch- up and repair to students around the world, and is currently an independent consultant to individuals, companies, and organizations.   He can be contacted atgregalwil@yahoo.com. What Went Wrong?  Predicting Performance When I first began finishing, on an old gunstock, I read...

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