Michael Dresdner

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Times are a’changin…

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Dear readers, I’ve been answering your finishing questions both professionally for pay and pro bono for hobby woodworkers since 1980 in magazines, chat rooms, message boards, websites and for the past decade, on this website turned blog. The time has come to move on. After I post this last batch of questions, I will no longer be adding content [...]

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Monday, November 8th, 2010

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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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No Cure for an Oak Door

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Q: I applied Varathane oil based stain after sanding to my oak front door. I let it dry thoroughly, overnight, then applied Varathane Spar Urethane with a brush. It’s been on 24 hours and it’s still tacky. I’m wondering if it will ever dry.The daytime temperature is 80. I would say the weather conditions are [...]

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Q: I sanded my floors with an orbital sander and completed four rooms with no problems. There were some dark water spots on the floor. I used Clorox bleach to lighten the water spots and washed the chlorine as directed. I allowed the floor to dry for two days and removed any dust that might [...]

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