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Repair damage to lacquer finish?

07-12-2019 01:07 PM by WoodshopTherapy | 2 comments »

In this video, I show how to repair a damaged area of a lacquer finish. There’s also a link to a video about how to identify what type of finish is on a piece of furniture Repair a Lacquer Finish – https://youtu.be/sEKQYmq0fJEWood Finish Identification – https://youtu.be/Xp4layfBXkA

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Finishing #3: Reference Books

05-29-2019 04:46 PM by OSU55 | 3 comments »

I consider the finish 50% of a project. I continually read/hear woodworkers who are disappointed in the finished look or who are afraid to try color (dye/stain) on a project. Finishing is a learned skill, just like operating various power tools, using hand tools, making/fitting various joint types, proper design, material selection. etc. As such, time and effort need to be expended to gain the knowledge and physical skills to impart a beautiful finish to a project. What if you spent as muc...

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Beginner Wood Finish Recommendations

02-10-2019 01:37 PM by WoodshopTherapy | 0 comments »

When I was a young builder I really struggled with finishing. I decided to help others who might be confused about finishing by putting together a brief video with my recommendations for beginners. https://youtu.be/j-QBrVspMw8 What are your thoughts?

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Finishing #2: BLO, Danish Oil, Tung Oil, Poly

03-26-2016 05:41 PM by OSU55 | 7 comments »

Lots of questions come up concerning various “oil” and poly finishing mixtures and methods. Some of the “oil” products: Watco danish oil, deft danish oil, Minwax tung oil (actually urethane wiping varnish), Minwax Antique oil, actual tung oil. Below are links to two articles by Bob Flexner that provide a great deal of information on the subject. The first is from 2008, the second from 2011. http://www.popularwoodworking.com/techniques/finishing/the_basics_of_wiping_varnish2htt...

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Water-based varnish

06-17-2015 02:39 AM by bigfoot11 | 7 comments »

Last week I finished an outfeed/assembly table and decided that it wasn’t slick enough even after hitting it with 220 grit paper so I decided to finish it so I could sand it higher and give some protection since it will also become a main work area. Traditionally I’ve always used some type of oil-based polyurethane (the yellow stuff) and i’s tough as nails but I didn’t want to make this thing yellow. I used Purebond plywood over the cheap rubbish from Lowes because ...

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finishing cherry wood

08-30-2014 07:28 PM by harum | 3 comments »

Interestingly, after application of two coats of shellac sealer, then sanding them down, and then a coat of Original Waterlox, the grain of the cherry box top looks really smooth, flowing and with a nice glow. Like here: With Waterlox alone, the grain is almost lost, because the cherry, even though not blotchy, appears covered with dark and light speckles obscuring the natural look. Like this: The birch bottom of the box is blotchy under just Waterlox. Shellac under oil varni...

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tea box #1: cutting the lid off

08-09-2014 05:07 PM by harum | 3 comments »

Ok, ready for cutting the top off this box. Fingers crossed… The maple sides have some figure in them, so I have been looking for a finish to maximize the shift in luster depending on the angle of view, a.k.a. 3D effect, a.k.a. chatoyancy. Just wanted to share my findings from the internet here… It turned out that maximizing chatoyancy and making the figure more visible are two different things achieved by different means. I guess, the former is sometimes also cal...

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A Strategy for Woodworking #10: Marc and I Whisper

07-18-2014 04:19 PM by Gary Rogowski | 1 comment »

Actually, Marc Spagnuolo, aka The Wood Whisperer, and I got together in May to do some work in his shop. I was in the Phoenix area for my mom’s birthday and took some time to meet Marc and visit his place. Take a look at the Jewelry Box we put together. It was fun work. Jewelry Box If you’re coming to Portland, learn about 3 Simple Finishes with me next week at the Studio, 7/24-26. The Northwest Woodworking Studio

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Walnut kitchen countertop #4: finishing options

01-29-2014 08:24 PM by harum | 0 comments »

I have sanded one of the halves of the top; the squeeze out cleans up very easily without softening or gumming up the sander. As far as finishing goes, I have been thinking about Watelox Original as suggested in numerous posts on walnut tops here on LJ. Mineral oil/beeswax mixture is not an option for sure. Waterlox is durable and forms moisture-, stain- and heat-resistant film; scratches can be repaired easily by applying locally a new layer of the finish. Walnut is an extremely porous...

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Plywood template-cut rocking bench. #3: First coat of epoxy

03-02-2013 03:19 AM by Fridgecritter | 1 comment »

Well, I decided to use epoxy after all, and it seems like it’s going to give the desired effect. I put a quart of epoxy on it for the first coat because I didn’t want it all to just run off the sides. After it dries I will put another quart on. It was surprisingly easy to work with, and had a pretty lengthy drying time. I used a flat block of wood to spread an even coat, and a foam brush to do the side parts. I ran a propane torch over the surface to take out the bubbles, which...

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