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In A Pinch

wood finishing

by Alan Noel
Professional Wood Finisher



Through the years I have picked up many useful tips for the use of everyday items found in the home. Needless to say, most of these I still use today and am sure that if you put your mind to it, you can think of a few yourself. I welcome any that you may have and will pass whatever you send along to all of you in the future.

  1. Ketchup does a good job of cleaning brass hardware
  2. Vodka or grain alcohol is great for mixing shellac flakes
  3. Waterless hand cleanser is a great cleaner for lacquer or varnish finishes
  4. Irons are good for swelling out dents with water
  5. Finger nail polish works very well for touch ups and comes in colors with an applicator
  6. Vinegar will remove dried yellow, white and hide glue
  7. Clothes detergents are also good for cleaning finishes
  8. Coffee grinders and blenders are good for grinding shellac and hide glue
Have any more suggestions for everyday items that you have used to help in your finishing work? Send them to Alan directly via email c/o Alan Noel Furniture Refinishing at anoelfurniturere@bellsouth.net.



Visiting Atlanta? Attend one of Alan's upcoming highly informative Highland Woodworking wood finishing seminars:

Mar 11, 2015  French Polish Workshop
Apr 8, 2015  Coloring Wood
Visit Highland Woodworking's Online
Wood Finishing Supplies Department





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