Michael Dresdner

straight talk about wood finishing

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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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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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Child safe

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Q: I recently acquired an antique mahogany crib which I want to refinish for my one year old granddaughter. After some sniffing around on the web, no one seems to have a confident definitive answer on what finish would be safe. Can you help? A: Virtually all film forming finishes, that is, those that harden [...]

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Safe blocks

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Q: I am making blocks for my granddaughter and plan to use Ceramcoat acrylic craft paint to give them some color, but can not find out if the paint is child safe. The MSDS does not address the paint once it is dry. A: Actually, it does. Section three of the MSDS says, and I [...]

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Q: Can I use Varathane conditioner with ash before staining to smooth out the stain? A: You can, but to tell you the truth, ash is not known for being a particularly blotchy wood, so I doubt conditioner would do much. Frankly, ash is one of the easiest woods to stain evenly, so I am [...]

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Ceiling and Sealing Questions

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Q: What product would be best to seal pine timbers and ceiling? A: For indoor wood, you can use any of the easy to use wipe on finishes, such as Danish oil or wipe on polyurethane. For exterior wood, use a wood siding stain, which, in spite of its name, is also available in clear [...]

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