Articles from Michael Dresdner
How to Use Wood Stains, Pigments, Dyes and Toners to Evenly Stain Wood
Even using the same stains on the same types of wood may create different colorations and patterns, thankfully there are ways to even it out.
How to Remove Shellac Coating on a Woodworking Project for Refinishing
For refinishing old projects with a layer of shellac, a little denatured alcohol can pull the coating off allowing for further refinishing.
How to Determine if Wood Finish, Varnish, and Oils Have Expired and Extend or Dispose of Them
Most finishing products don’t have an expiration date, so our expert tells you how to determine whether or not you can still use them and how to dispose of them if you can’t.
What Are the Advantages of Clear Aerosol Spray Can Finishing Supplies
Aerosol finishing cans can provide the same finish as common brush on finishes, though slightly diluted, in a fraction of the time.
How Do You Safely Remove Finish Without Damaging Antique Furniture
Restoring antique furniture can be fun, but how can you tell if the refinishing process you’re about to use will damage the underlying wood?
How to Seal a Toy Project with Shellac, Paste Wax, and Acrylic Paint
Now that your toy projects are complete, finishing expert Michael Dresdner delves into the best and safest ways to finish and paint them.
How to Create Clear Coat Flat FInish
A clear, smooth finish coat is preferable for many furniture projects, but creating that look might take some extra work with a paste wax rub.
How to Seal Coat and Paint Toy Blocks with Zinsser for an Even Finish
The different grains on cut blocks make it difficult to get a good looking coat of paint, but with full sealant immersion an even coat is achievable.
How to Bleach Walnut Wood Lighter with Lye and Peroxide in AB Bleach
Lighter colored walnut projects are attractive and sought out, but common household bleach doesn’t work, you need a special product called AB Bleach.
How Long Can You Wait Between Sanding, Shop Cleaning and Spray Finishing
For longer projects or busy woodworkers, you might not have time to immediately finish a project after sanding, our expert tells you how long you can wait.