Renew or Redo

These past few weeks, I found myself talking to several people that were renewing their current kitchen cabinets appearance by changing the color, adding a little glaze or distressing an island or focal piece in the room. All wanting to do it to existing cabinetry rather than buying or building new with their intention was

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Today’s Hottest Trends—Part 2

Last month we talked about how to achieve the perfect gray tones in our woodworking. This month let’s talk about those deep dark espresso colors that we try to achieve without the milky muddy look. If you remember, I was talking about visiting two shops. One was doing gray, the second shop wanted to do

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Todays Hottest Trends

It’s no secret that espresso and gray hues are the hot trends in the industry right now. The “struggle is real.” Success can be hard to achieve with so many different types of wood substrates, styles and color variations when trying to obtain these two colors in our woodwork. I would like to address WHY

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What Spray Gun Are You Using?

Happy New Year! Wow, another year has passed, and we find ourselves reflecting on our successes and not so productive accomplishments in 2016. The first of the year was always when I would examine my shop and look for ways to improve my practices and equipment for a more profitable year to come. Many times

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The Unexpected Guest …

You have done your diligence on selecting the wood, preparing it properly with the correct sanding schedule and have matched the color perfectly following your storyboard every step of the way. The first sealer coat goes down without a hitch, and we are steamrolling with the end in sight; phew, we are going to make

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Balancing Our Results with Temperature Changes

One of the reasons I love finishing so much is because no two days are the same. Sure we can have similar days, but something is always just a little different and that difference can change how we need to approach our finishing that day, always keeping us on our “A” game. For me, that

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How Do Temperature and Humidity Affect Finishes?

With the summer season upon us, we love to throw open those overhead doors and open the windows to allow fresh air to blow through our shop. Something about this time of year that supercharges our wellbeing, maybe it’s the warmth of the sun, the new growth of spring flowers or the smells of fresh

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How Long Should You Save Finishing Materials?

Like many things in life we try to get the most out of everything we do and use, especially when we have invested a great deal of time into it or have paid a premium price. Saving scrap pieces of wood, unused stains, and finishes, leftover adhesives, caulks, etc. quickly pile up in our shop

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How is Your DA Sander Working for You?

In our last blog, we talked about the importance of our air compressors not only being in good condition and being maintained properly but also about “are we getting the right amount of air supply we need to do the daily tasks in our shop.” Let’s continue our shop audit and look at some of

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Glazes—Part 3

Today we conclude our three-part discussion on glazing techniques. With two different glaze bases that are common in the workplace, sometimes it’s hard to know which to choose. Traditional wet glazes are recommended when creating faux finishes such as wood graining, leather or cissing. However, both glaze bases can be used in common glaze practices

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