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Floor Scratch repair

Floor Scratch repair

The real estate agent called. She said there was a scratch on the floor of the great room of a house she just sold and the new homeowner was not happy. Can we repair the scratch? Here’s what we did. We lightly sanded the edges of the […]

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Restoration or Refinishing?

Restoration or Refinishing?

Clients will sometimes ask me “What’s the difference between furniture refinishing and restoration?” Here are some thoughts on the subject. Restoration Donald C. Williams, retired Smithsonian conservator of wooden artifacts, provides us with a good definition of restoration: “Restoration is the process of returning a damaged artifact […]

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Brown County Woodworkers

Brown County Woodworkers

The Brown County (Indiana) Woodworkers asked me to address their group last week.  I spent about 90 minutes answering questions about finishing and performed one demonstration on how to brush shellac with a golden taklon artist’s wash brush. Username E-mail A password will be e-mailed to you.

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Leg Repaired, Dog Out of Trouble

Leg Repaired, Dog Out of Trouble

When the client called she said the dog had chewed on the legs of a chair. When I saw the damage I wanted to ask, “Was it a dog or was it a beaver!” Spent over a half day working on site to erase the dog’s work.  The […]

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Class: Finishing Common Woods to Look Amazing!

Class: Finishing Common Woods to Look Amazing!

That’s me in the front of the class demonstrating a glazing technique. At our recent class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking, we transformed poplar, rotary cut birch plywood and #2 common pine into cherry, mahogany and walnut using a variety of finishing techniques. Part of […]

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Dog Damaged Dresser Repaired

Dog Damaged Dresser Repaired

I received a call regarding an almost new dresser that was damaged by Lucky, a Jack Russell terrier. It seems his ball rolled under the dresser and he scratched at the base in an effort to retrieve it. The little dog was indeed lucky that his owner […]

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Waterbased On-Site Finishing Techniques

Waterbased On-Site Finishing Techniques

Recently Peter Brockman and I attended a seminar on low odor, water based finishes for on-site furniture touch up and finishing.  The two day event was sponsored by the Professional Refinishers Group and was hosted by Steven and Carye Weber at the Excel Shop in Louisville Kentucky.  Our […]

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MASW Refinishing Class

MASW Refinishing Class

Last week Pete and I taught a furniture refinishing and repair class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Franklin, Indiana.  It was five days of intense work where 16 students transformed old furniture in various states of disrepair into pieces that are attractive and useful again. One of […]

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Shellac Class Aug 2013

Shellac Class Aug 2013

Back in August, Pete and I did a two day class on shellac as a fine finish at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. (www.MarcAdams.com) We brushed it, padded it, sprayed it and French polished it. We added color to the shellac and made a toner and […]

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Finishing Class July 2013

Finishing Class July 2013

Marc Adams and Mitch Kohanek talk before the start of class I just finished five days as a teacher’s assistant in a hands on finishing class for woodworkers.  The class was taught by my mentor, Mitch Kohanek, a finishing and furniture restoration expert with 35 years of teaching experience […]

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