Michael Dresdner

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Archive for October, 2010

Inked salad bowls

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Q: I want to color walnut sapwood on salad bowls with India ink, then seal it with shellac and salad bowl finish. Would this be safe for food? A: Yep. By the way, I would let the ink dry then go straight to salad bowl finish. In this case, adding shellac would weaken the finish.

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Timbermate as pore filler

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Q: I plan to paint oak cabinets. Someone suggested Bondo for pore filling but I am considering Timbermate instead. Any tips on grain filling with that product? A: For the record, polyester body fillers like Bondo will also work just fine as pore fillers under painted surfaces. As for Timbermate, simply thin it with water [...]

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Unwanted stains

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Q: I just bent some cherry sides for an acoustic guitar. A reaction must have occurred during the bending process resulting in green blue spots on the wood surface. What do you recommend to eliminate or minimize? A: Removing stains depends first on know what caused them. Blue green stain is most likely one of [...]

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Making an impression

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Q: I am pre finishing a large two piece conference table. I finished spaying a heavy coat of my last application of flat pre cat over two coats of vinyl sealer and two coats of flat. The temperature here is in the 80′s with about 28% humidity. I plan on wrapping these tops in shipping [...]

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Bartley clear gel

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Q: I recently purchased a quart of Bartley Gel Varnish over the internet. The product I received is Bartley Gel Stain – Clear Satin. Is this the same as the Bartley Gel Varnish? A: Yep. The best I can figure is that Bartley started as a one step wipe on stain and finish, sold as [...]

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