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Learn From the Experts

Welcome to our Learn From the Experts Blog. Here you will find helpful and informative articles.

TIP: Dealing with Grain Raising

TIP: Dealing with Grain Raising

Whenever water or any stain or finish that contains water comes in contact with wood, it causes the wood fibers to swell, which is called “grain raising” or “raised grain.”...

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Seven Types of Stain

Seven Types of Stain

We use the term “stain” to identify a colorant we apply to wood to change its color. But stains are not equal. Besides the obvious differences in color, there are at least...

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The Twist of Variables

The Twist of Variables

If you engage in the act of finishing at any kind of level, even if just a few meaningful times a year, then you definitely understand that the proof is in the pudding when...

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Finishing the Deckrail

Finishing the Deckrail

For those with decks that have spindle rail systems…you would probably rather have root canal than brush those spindles out with stain. (See the above before photo.) Here is...

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Waterborne Finishes – Pro and Con

My beginning was in automotive finishing and it remained my career for the next twenty years, then I switched to woodworking and finishing. As with most finishers, I began...

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How to Choose a Finish: Part II

How to Choose a Finish: Part II

For an overview of choosing a finish please refer to “How to Choose a Finish: Part I.” To better understand finishes and their differences, it’s very helpful to put them...

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How to Choose a Finish: Part I

How to Choose a Finish: Part I

The first step in finishing a project (beyond preparing the wood, of course) is to choose the finish you want to use. In fact, it's wise to make this choice even before...

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