Wooden Flammable Storage Cabinets – Build Your Own

  Flammable storage cabinets come in a variety of sizes Yes! It's true... Wood flammable storage cabinets not only meet code, but can provide better protection than metal cabinets as shown in the video. The key is using the materials and construction techniques spelled out in the applicable standards that are cited and linked in the following article. If you have flammable liquids like aerosol spray paint, adhesives, and oils - OR - containers of flammable finishes, paints, solvents, gasoline, or kerosene, [...]

The Best Exterior Wood Finishes

  Wood decks need a finish that is easy to maintain and won't show wear paths. Inside our homes we’re surrounded by wood furniture, cabinets, millwork, and other wood items with beautiful finishes… and without much thought we simply expect them to last a lifetime. The finished wood items we have outside aren’t so lucky.  They’re exposed to the extremes of solar radiation from the sun… moisture in the forms of dew, rain, and snow…. high temperatures… freezing cold… fungal attacks... and [...]

2K Catalyzed Polyurethane Finishes

  Catalyzed polyurethane (2K-PU) is a good choice for kitchen cabinets, bath cabinets, tables, and many other wood products Catalyzed polyurethane clear coats and paints are prized for their durability and versatility around the world.  They are used on everything from wood cabinetry, mill work and furniture to planes, trains, and automobiles. Two component catalyzed polyurethanes have several acronyms including 2-part, 2-component, 2-pack, 2-package, 2K urethane, and 2K-PU.  To avoid confusion with other 2 part coatings like epoxy, it's wise to [...]

Glass Paints – Which Works Best?

  Most paints simply won’t adhere well to glass and will eventually flake and peel.  To successfully paint glass we either need a primer or a paint that’s specifically made to bond to it. To achieve good adhesion on glossy surfaces we often use a primer that’s designed to hold fast and then apply the paint over it.  However, when back painting glass, the primer has to be clear (transparent) which limits our choices.  There are clear bonding primers on the [...]

How to Measure and Adjust the Viscosity of Spray Finishes

  When the finish is the right thickness, it will spray well. With one simple tool you can easily measure and adjust the thickness of your finish to make sure it will spray well. Think of thickness in terms of being thin and runny like water or thick and syrupy like honey. This flow property of a fluid is called viscosity - it's considered low when the fluid is thin, and high when it's thick. When the finish is too thick for the spray [...]

The Best Finishes for Cherry

  Cherry is a beautiful hardwood with rich warm colors and a look of depth that comes from the intense hues of reflected light that originate from deep within! In this article we'll explore the best finishes for cherry, including those that enhance it's natural properties for the best presentation. Most every woodworker and finisher I've known who has worked with it for any amount of time has strong feelings about the "right" way to finish cherry!  Of course they're [...]

Why Finishes Crack & How to Fix It

    Cracks are one of the many ways that coatings (film forming transparent finishes and paints) can fail.  They occur in a variety of forms to include checking, crazing, cracking, alligatoring, and mud cracking. All of these forms are the result of stress. Checking is a mild form of cracking and doesn’t go all the way through the finish. It often forms irregular, non-linear patterns called ‘crows feet.’  Crazing is similar to checking though the breaks are deeper and wider.  As [...]