Michael Dresdner

straight talk about wood finishing

Consulting

dres3 A significant part of what I do is to consult with woodworking individuals and businesses — from hobbyists to custom shops to industrial and manufacturing companies — on matters involving finishing materials, processes and implementation strategies. Basically, there are two types of services I offer:

1) The Quick Answer

Small shops and amateur woodworkers often have nowhere to turn for fast, reliable finishing help. Industrial consultation is far too expensive, and message boards are too slow and unpredictable to guarantee the accurate, timely help you need to get out of (or avoid) a finishing dilemma.

Your question can be as simple as “What should I put on my walnut coffee table?” to something as complex as “How can I mimic the look of antique finish on a reproduction?”

Please explain the problem or question as fully as possible, giving specific materials (types of wood, brands and types of finish you are using, etc.), finishing schedules (how much drying time between coats, how many coats, etc.) and as much information as you feel is needed to fully describe your situation.

Send me an e-mail with your name, a daytime phone number, the time zone you are in and the best time to call. In some cases, I may have to contact you for more clarification, but usually you will receive your answer via e-mail within 24 hours. If you don’t hear from me, resend your original request. Occasionally, things get lost in cyberspace.

There is a $20 fee for questions. I’ll answer your question immediately, and trust you to send a check, or if you prefer, use paypal.

2) Professional Help

If your company needs help solving a finish problem, setting up a new or improved finish line, coming into compliance with local or national regulations or even just trying to figure out how to make the finishing department more cost- effective, contact me.

In many cases, problems can be solved via e-mail or with just a phone call or two. More involved situations might require one or more visits to your facility. Whatever it is, we can work out a solution that can put more money in your pocket and better finishes going out the door.

E-mail me as detailed a description of your problem or situation as possible, along with the name and address of your company, contact person, phone number and e-mail address. If you need to speak with someone personally, or if the situation is too complicated for e-mail description, let me know in your preliminary e-mail request. I will contact you at a time that you indicate is convenient for you. Once we get a clear picture of the problem, we can decide whether it requires an on-site visit, what it will cost and how soon you can expect positive results.

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