What Type of finish do you use?
Finishing is a common question among woodworkers. I know for me when I first started finishing it was almost dreadful. I loved to build things but when it came to finishing I almost wanted to leave it bare wood. I built a oak dart board, I guess you could call it a case several years back and when it came time to finish it I ruined it. I applied two many coats two fast and didn’t take the propper steps to apply a quality finish. When it was done I threw it in the trash. What a wast of wood. Now days I’m much better at finishing and am able to build and finish furniture for a living but it took alot of practice and alot of hard work. I still am not nearly as good as I would like to be and will spend my life perfecting the art. Many people have asked me “what type of finish should I use”? Well that depend, what type of finish do you want to use? Now if you are talking a specific project a gun stock or maybe a cutting board or bowel you will want to use special finish. Salad bowel finish for things you will eat off or will contact food. Also gun stocks have finishes you can use. Now if we are talking about something like a basic project. Maybe a table or desk,chair,book shelf or maybe a box. These type of projects I always recommend minwax products to start. Now some people love it and some don’t. I will say all things considered like (price) for most people now days you will get bang for your buck. Now there are alot of great quality finishes on the market and I would recommend trying some of them out, but for a hobbyist who is building projects minwax is great. The reason I say this is because it’s like comparing a Chevy cobalt to a BMW. Now you can go from point a to b in both, but the BMW will have some better options. The more money you spend you will always have the option for more features. Now I know there are even finishes that are only a few dollars more but in an already expensive hobby people are looking to save money wear thay can. The difference is minwax is a good finish that has been around for a long time and the end result is pretty good. Now I build many customer projects and use minwax, in fact the only way I don’t is if its a special item or if the client requests a certain finish. If you are doing woodworking as a hobby a minwax finish applied propper and done right will produce a great looking finished project.
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