Michael Dresdner

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Young Chang guitar

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Q: I bought a Young Chang acoustic guitar in 1981. It resembled a Martin. Was this guitar a creation of yours? Do you know anything about it? A: No and yes, in that order. I did not start working for Young Chang until 1995, after I left Martin. As for the resemblance, that’s pretty easy [...]

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Don’t Blame the Dog…

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Q: We applied waterbased Varathane to unfinished oak doors and base boards. They were stored in our garage for two weeks. This last weekend we installed the baseboards but had to remove them because the varnish odor was making us sick. What can we do about the varnish odor? A: I must admit that this [...]

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Shower Stall Wood Paneling

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Q: I have wood paneling in my shower stalls that need re-doing. I have already sanded and wiped the walls. What would be the best sealer to use? A: Best? The best would be a moisture cured urethane, but it is not easy to come by. Offhand, I know of only one company in Brooklyn, NY currently [...]

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Smooth Operators

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Q: The university I work at has a very small TV studio. It has vinyl floor over 9 inch tile over a concrete slab. The vinyl has a small texture to it that makes it difficult to roll our cameras over it without getting minor bumps. We’re looking for an inexpensive solution to smooth out [...]

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A new Bouquet for Your Baby’s Wardrobe

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Q: I ordered a custom wardrobe and changing unit from a carpenter for my new baby’s nursery. It was just installed five days ago and it looks fantastic but smells bad. We have been airing out the room with a fan, but the smell is just as bad as the day it was installed. I am [...]

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Federal Finishing Administration?

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Q: I am trying to find out if an independent inspector for failed wood finishes exists. I have someone with a lot of new prefinished double hung windows that are getting stuck shut. The sash is sticking to the jamb liner. A: There are no laws regarding what quality of finishing work you may and [...]

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Guitar Options

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Q: I have an old guitar that I am partially re-finishing. The peg head has what appears to be a very dark rosewood veneer. It was originally stained with some form of opaque stain that lightened the color substantially to a very warm brown color, yet emphasized the wood grain very nicely. The stain was [...]

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Not always the answer you want to hear…

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Q: My floor is half sanded with some shiny areas and some bare wood. Do I have to remove all of the old finish before refinishing? A: Yep Q: I recently made an octagonal table top out of leftover red oak flooring. I wiped an oil based red mahogany penetrating stain on the sanded, raw [...]

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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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Q: I sanded my wood floors for new finish but did not take off all of the old finish. I applied a coat, let it cure overnight, sanded, and when I started to wipe down with a rag damp with paint thinner, the finish started to pull and wrinkle. What do I do now? A: [...]

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