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Forum topic by Straightpiped posted 09-02-2009 03:02 PM 796 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2009 03:02 PM

I am building my kitchen cabinets and started to ponder about a finish. I am doing hickory face framed with raised panels doors. I am planning on doing a light glaze also. I was thinking about something from General Finishes. I can spray or apply by hand, would prefer spraying though. I do have this finishing book Any advice is greatly appreciated.

-- T. Nelson

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#1 posted 09-22-2009 05:21 PM

Flexner’s book is the bible of finishing (my opinion). I took a 2 day course on finishing from Bob years ago and here’s what he said-”any finish can be applied in 3 ways-a brush, a rag, a spray unit. If you want to spray, do so. I’d read the book regarding the “chemistry of finishes”-what Bob’s really expert at.
It will help you decide what finish to use over the glaze to ensure it bonds properly.
Another thing I learned from Bob is that finishes are all about marketing, not ingredients-and price is no indicator of quality.
I finish almost all my pieces with a Minwax Polycrilc finish you can get from any Home Depot. Have paid twice the price for General, Formby’s, etc. and it hasn’t made any difference in the end product. I do have a thinner wallet when I buy the expensive stuff, though.

-- Gerry

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#2 posted 09-22-2009 05:37 PM

After alot of research I decided to go with Waterlox. I am also making my countertops out of wood and I am using waterlox on those as well.

-- T. Nelson

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