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Stickley Mission Finish Guide – PDF Document

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Articles | Comments Off

Stickley Mission Finish Guide

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Spray Painting – PDF Document

Posted by on May 8, 2009 in Articles | Comments Off

Spraying Paint

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Cleaning Brushes

Posted by on May 8, 2003 in Articles | Comments Off

You can choose the best and most expensive brush for finishing, but unless you know how to care for it and clean it – it won’t last very long. With proper care a brush should last many years.

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Choosing A Finish

Posted by on May 8, 2000 in Articles | Comments Off

Undoubtedly, one of the continuing bugaboos for woodworkers is finishing. Though undaunted by complex joinery or intricate and precise machining, many woodworkers still cringe at the thought of applying a finish to their work. “What’s the best finish for my project” is one of the first hurdles to overcome.

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Rubbing Out Finishes

Posted by on May 8, 2000 in Articles | Comments Off

Finishes rarely look or “feel” right if left right off the brush or spray gun. Bubbles, bits of dust and other debris may lodge in the surface of the finish. You can feel these with your hand as you pass it over the surface. Brush marks and patterns from spray application will leave an irregular surface which is noticeable, particularly on gloss finishes. Rubbing out a finish is the last step in finishing and the object is to remove imperfections, even out and smooth the surface, and establish a consistent sheen to the finish.

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Cleaning & Waxing Old Furniture

Posted by on May 8, 2000 in Articles | Comments Off

Sooner or later, every woodworker is faced with the prospect of refinishing an old piece of furniture. Whether it’s a treasured “find” at a flea market or auction, or a favor for a relative or friend, etc., most people consider stripping off the old finish and refinishing the only option of successfully restoring the appearance of the piece.

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Shellac- A Traditional Finish Still Yields Superb Results

Posted by on May 8, 2000 in Articles | Comments Off

To the average person, shellac probably invokes many negative perceptions. Poor water and heat resistance, difficult to apply, poor drying and low durability are all criticisms that I hear when I mention shellac to my clients or other woodworkers. While some of these criticisms are valid, many are not grounded in fact and are easy to disprove.

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Padding Shellac

Posted by on May 8, 2000 in Articles | Comments Off

Prior to the introduction of shellac as a finishing material in the early 1800’s, the traditional means of finishing furniture to a high gloss was accomplished by applying beeswax in thin layers with a cloth and then polishing it up to the desired gloss. These wax finishes did not wear well and were easily damaged by water and abrasion.

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Early American Maple Finishes

Posted by on May 8, 2000 in Articles | Comments Off

Maple, if left unstained, takes on a yellow tone over time, gradually deepening to a darker yellow-reddish brown. This is the color that you see on maple pieces in museums and is the color most cherished by collectors. Figured maples are the most striking, since the figured areas deepen in color against the lighter wood surrounding it.

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