Blog Posts #9: Finishing for Non-Professionals, Part II

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Blog entry by JSZ posted 10-02-2010 06:44 AM 8875 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the second post in this series, we begin to think of finishing as a process rather than a discrete step in furniture making. Questions and comments gladly accepted and I’ll work them into subsequent posts in the series.

-- -- Do Good Work. Jeff Zens, Custom Built Furniture, Salem, OR.

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#1 posted 10-02-2010 07:56 AM

Thank you, I appreciate these posts on finishing and look forward to reading all you are willing to post. Just starting to get into the woodworking more as I’m able to, finishing is definitely a large part of it and there seems to be a ton of information.

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#2 posted 10-02-2010 01:48 PM

Hi Jeff.
Perhaps you could mention: Patience. I read a lot of blogs and forums of how the woodworker doesn’t seem to have the TIME to do the proper steps. They are impatient ! I myself, am guilty of this at times (and I know better) applying the stain, doing the wipe off, applying laquer, varnish or acrylic TOO SOON. Even applying the top coats to close together, not letting them dry enough before applying more coats. I know all stains and laquers have different drying times and different methods of applying. The learning process is the experience using each one to find out for yourself those times !
Hoping that sharing my mistakes helps others to slow down, relax and do it right !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 10-03-2010 05:13 AM


Patience is clearly a virtue in finishing, and in every other aspect of woodworking. Most of us are fortunate to not have to work at assembly-line speed. In fact, for many of us, woodworking is a way to slow down from the frenetic pace of our daily lives. We get into trouble in the shop when we rush. Sometimes it’s a finish that gets messed up, but that’s fixable. When rushing get us into real trouble is when it happens around power tools. Some of those incidents are not reversible, and sometimes our woodworking careers end as a result.

Once in a while I have to remind myself that it’s often faster to slow down, if you get my meaning!

-- -- Do Good Work. Jeff Zens, Custom Built Furniture, Salem, OR.

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