Michael Dresdner

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Archive for June, 2009

Door Disaster

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Q: I bought a new red oak exterior door, sanded it, applied Varathane wood conditioner and after 20 minutes, applied Varathane Gunstock stain. I didn’t wipe it off because I liked the color. I let it dry for 12 hours, took my finger and rubbed it in a couple of spots and there was no [...]

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Oil Finish Applicators

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Q: I am getting too many fibers in the oil-based clear coat finish on white oak with a lamb’s wool applicator and wanted to see if there is another applicator that you would recommend. A: Flooring and floor finishing supply outlets sell paint pad applicators for both oil and waterbased finishes. Many people find them [...]

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Giving Wood an Aged Look

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Q: Do you have books that explain how to achieve an aged/weathered wood appearance? I watched a show last week where a gentleman used a  scratch awl to leave the appearance of worms eating at the wood, and  then sanded off sharp edges. Right now I’m preparing a solution of vinegar and steel wool to see [...]

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Cedar Compost

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Q: Any guess on how long untreated exposed cedar will last in the dirt? A: Assuming it is not old growth, it will depend on how thick it is, but the buried surface will start to compost in a year or so. How long it takes to get through the board depends on the climate [...]

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Cedar Planter Box Considerations

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Q: I’m looking for something non-toxic to finish my raised cedar vegetable garden. A: You don’t need a non-toxic finish; merely one that won’t have any adverse affects on your plants, and that’s not the same thing. In truth, most any exterior deck finish will work just fine, and for that matter, so will leaving [...]

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