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Low Wood VOC Regs Don’t Apply To Indoor Air Quality

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 06/10/2011 2:00AM

When considering outdoor air quality as it relates to your woodworking projects, VOC content is especially important. But please understand that VOCs have little to do with indoor air quality and government regulations. Meet Bernie Bottens at AWFS Fair, Woodworking Network Booth 2139, sponsored by At AWFS: Woodworking Network personalities


Waterborne Wood Coatings Are Coming of Age

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 06/03/2011 2:00AM

I watched WoodworkingNetwork.com's webcast on Sanding & Finishing – How to Get Green and liked it so much that I watched it again. If you haven’t done that yet then you should. Find it at WoodworkingNetwork.com/webcasts.


Measuring Wood Coating Viscosity

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 05/27/2011 2:00AM

We are going to talk about wood coating viscosity relative to the use of a viscosity cup. Practice your measurements with a viscosity cup until you find the combination that works the best with your equipment and applications methods.


KCMA’s wood coating standard: unvarnished truth

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 05/20/2011 2:00AM

In my blog, Calculating Wood Coating Thickness, I stated, “The KCMA standard for dry mil thickness is 3 – 5 dry mils.” I have spoken that little sentence more times than I care to count. But now I suspect that I have mindlessly misstated that sentence for years. It may not be factual and one of my readers finally spoke up and called my bluff.




More on pre-cat and post-cat wood coatings

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 05/13/2011 2:00AM

For the last couple of weeks I’ve talked about pre-cat and post-cat wood coatings, discussing the impact of each coating on your finishing process as well as marketing program.


How Cabinetmakers Can Market Coatings

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 05/05/2011 2:00AM

Many a cabinetmaker has based his marketing plan upon his conversion varnish because, with its wonderful protective qualities and its non-yellowing properties, it’s as good as you can get from a “lacquer-based” coating.


Reactive and Non-reactive Wood Coatings

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 04/29/2011 2:00AM

Reactive and non-reactive wood coatings: following a silent explosion in the field of resin technology,   we will see advances soon that will lift the performance standards of water-borne coatings even higher.


Calculating Wood Coating Thickness

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 04/22/2011 2:00AM

How are you going to measure wood coating thickness?


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