Wood Finishing Techniques

Finished Wood Furniture

The are numerous ways to finish any piece. The challenge is not only using the correct wood finishing technique but, choosing the correct finish for the job.  A good finish will not only protect the finished piece but enhance the look and color of the wood.


Introduction to Wood Finishing

Make sure you understand the basic of finishing be you experiment with your woodcraft piece. Finishing can be simple if done correctly, but painstaking to correct if done incorrectly.


Preparing to Finish

Preparing wood before trying to finishing it is very important. A perfect finish will be destroyed by wood that is not read for the finish. By avoid the pitfalls before you begin, you can avoid the work it will take to correct the finish that does not come out as you had planned.


Finishing Wood the Correct Way

Learning to do it right is always better than learning how to fix it once it done wrong. Take the time to learn the correct way to finish, you will end up with less work in the long-run and better pieces as a bonus.


Refinishing Technique

Refinishing can be a messy, daunting test, with questionable results after completing the project. But refinishing can be a the best way to bring a only piece back to life. As with standard finishing, learn the correct way to do it for best results.


Achieving a High Quality Wood Finish finished  wood furniture

My favorite furniture woods are maple and cherry, both have a nice figure, are easy to machine, and cherry has a wonderful fruity smell when cut. Maple has a couple of advantages over cherry. Nicely figured maple is easier to find and less expensive, and since it has a similar grain pattern, properly stained maple is almost indistinguishable from cherry, but, both cherry and maple have a reputation for being difficult to finish.


Preparing your Woodwork for a High Quality Finish

Finishing wood involves process.  You can get outstanding results by taking the time to understand the processes involved in finishing, and by taking your time to perform each process with care.  Great finishing depends on both mechanical and chemical processes.  Mechanical processes are all about sanding and scraping wood, applying finishes with rags, brushes or spray equipment, and other techniques in finishing.  Chemical processes have to do with the products you choose to use: Stains, dyes, oils, lacquers, varnishes, solvents, etc.  Each finishing product has its own unique set of properties, which give you different effects or results, and the rules vary guiding the use of these different chemicals.



Special Situation Finishing


Knowing the correct way to handle situation that arise will give you options to use when you inevitably come across unique situations in your own woodworking.


Finishing Techniques for Projects

There are many different ways to finish any piece that you are working with, and different techniques that come with each. Over time you will come up with your favorites, but knowing others is helpful when situations arise where the standard option is not the best.


Techniques of Finishing

Proper technique is invaluable when you only what the best looking piece. Finish can that an average looking piece and make it an eye catching masterpiece. But it can also give your masterpiece an amateurish look if done poorly.




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