Michael Dresdner

straight talk about wood finishing

Archive for the 'clear coat' Category

Don’t make me blush

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Q: I need to finish a reproduction 17th Century Chester County Spice box. How much trouble will I have if I take the box into the unheated garage long enough to spray shellac with an HVLP and, then take it right back into the house? Will I end up with blushing? A: Not likely. However, [...]

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Jewelry finish

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Q: What would be the best non toxic finish I could use on jewelry made from wood? A: I’m not sure what you mean by non-toxic, as that is a term used typically for things we ingest. If you mean that the finish itself is edible or drinkable in its liquid form, that would include [...]

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Over toning lacquer

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Q: I used a toning lacquer to color the wood. I want to put polyurethane over it. Can I do this? A: Yes, you can.

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Circa 1920

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Q: I have a circa 1920 chiffarobe I would like to refinish. I stripped it with alcohol and sanded to 220. I have never been very successful with shellac. What would you suggest for a finish what would give a reasonable look and protection? A: What I would suggest is what it had originally, and [...]

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Pen polish

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Q: I am new to pen turning. Can you recommend some finishes? A: It depends largely on the pen material. Obviously, cast acrylics need no finish and can simply be buffed. Ditto for very hard or resinous woods, like rosewood, ziricote, bocote, cocobolo, lignum vitae, ebony and even boxwood. For other woods, I tend toward [...]

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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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Bigleaf, big pattern

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Q: I am making a cabinet door of solid cherry with a quilted maple panel. I want a bit of contrast between the cherry and maple and to show off the quilting in the maple. I was planning to stain the maple with a cherry color oil based stain and sand it lightly with 600 [...]

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Auntie Oxidant

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Q: I made some replacement handgun grips of cocobolo. Realizing that cocobolo has a lot of natural oils in it I first sealed it with shellac, then filled the pores with a product called z-poxy. I then sanded and applied one coat of Minwax polyurethane. Three weeks later I can make a thumb print in [...]

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Kitchen magic

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Q: The kitchen cabinets in my 20 year old house were painted rather than stained. They are a cherry color on what I believe is alder. Over the years some of the paint has chipped away leaving behind part of the original unfinished wood. The cherry paint itself is not a solid color, but varies [...]

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