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Woodgrain Repair Tips

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 05/24/2013 9:19AM

More tips from my buddy Kevin Kamberg on how to repair wood finishes.


How to Repair Catalyzed Wood Finishes

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 05/17/2013 9:27AM

Razor blades can help in catalyzed wood finish repair. This week my buddy Kevin Kamberg, an expert in using MEK and PM Acetate to repair wood finishes, gives a few tips.


Questions to Ask Before Recoating Finishes

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 05/02/2013 10:00AM

Let’s say that you have a furniture requiring a spot repair or a customer wants you to re-coat their cabinets. Here are some questions to ask yourself.


Touching Up Catalyzed Finishes

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 04/26/2013 11:22AM

A refinisher often has no idea how his lacquer will affect what was applied before. It’s often a roll of the dice, yet here are some general rules.




Final Look at Wood Singer Sewing Machine Project

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 04/11/2013 10:44AM

The antique Singer sewing machine project is now complete. So, take a look at what I was able to accomplish with the finishing.


How Climate Affects Veneer

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 04/04/2013 9:26PM

Changes in climate from humidity to temperature can affect veneer. The best thing that you could do is to allow sheets of veneer to acclimate thoroughly before they are glued to the substrate.


What Causes Veneer Checking: Part III

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 03/28/2013 2:00PM

This week we look at environmental changes, from sourcing through installation, and how they may impact the veneer.


How To Make Wood Veneer

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 03/22/2013 12:41PM

There are a number of forms of wood veneers available on the market but let's take a look at how to make your own.


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