The Iowan Clock Project #6: Finish, With Some Inspiration

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Blog entry by William posted 06-25-2011 03:31 AM 3688 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 06-25-2011 05:06 AM

Does that not feel better when you know that you did your best to complete the job all the way? I, too, hate finishing but know that it is part of the job and needs to be done for the project to look right. Your clock looks fantastic and you should be proud of yourself! A little tip in spraying, spray several light coats instead of one heavy one. I have found that it helps to spray in one direction when there are a whole bunch of holes and let it dry then spray from another direction to coat inside the holes. I really don’t envy this painting job of yours but I love your work!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 06-25-2011 06:37 AM

Thanks Bearpie. And yes, I am thrilled with it.
The spraying was going pretty good. Then I got to some of the areas that had tiny holes that came to a point in one end. It seemed no matter how careful or light I sprayed, it would get into that sharp point of a hole and run out a little bit, making me have to wick it smooth with a brush. I done this one the first coat. Then I went through the process of cleaning the gun since I had to leave the shop for a couple of hours then. By the time I came back for the second coat, I decided that I’d rather just brush it one.
In the future, I hope to get some practice in with it on some less detailed projects. With practice, I think it will be much easier.
Also, I forgot to mention that this was the first time I’ve as much as touched any kind of sprayer short of a spray can in my life.


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#3 posted 06-25-2011 07:00 AM

Nice work, William.


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#4 posted 06-25-2011 11:55 AM

Hi, William:
I am glad if I inspired you at all to add a finish to your work. In the long run, I think it will help your beautiful projects last much longer and not dry out and split. It will also enhance the grain a bit.

I used to be like you and hate finishing. Especially scroll work like you do. It was picky and a pain in the butt to get everything covered evenly without breaking pieces. I used to just hit it with a coat of poly and call it a day.

But now I started to take more care in my finishing and I actually am starting to like that part of the process. Like you, I find spray shellac is a great finish for fretwork. It doesn’t need to be really tough – just enough to protect the wood from dust and drying out – and it brings out the grain so nicely.

I think the more you finish your projects, the more you will wonder why you didn’t do that before. I know that is true for myself. Your work is beautiful and should be finished off properly.

Great job! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 06-25-2011 12:45 PM

I don’t know what took me so long. I think when it gets right down to it, I have always been a little intimidated by finishes. All you have to do is a quick search about finishing, or finishes, and get such a boatload of knowledge that it all seems kind of overwhelming. There are so many products and techniques out there. Don’t even get me started on the differences of opinons either. Countering some guy’s finishing techniques is comparable to shouting fire in a crowded theater.
Your statement though, it needed said and you said it.
My work ethic, what would I tell my kids in a similar situation? You don’t skip steps on a job becasue you don’t like it. I have to practice what I preach to them.
The simple common sense, wood needs to be finished. It just looks nicer.
I am making an effort to get my butt in gear and learn about finishes. You are correct in that a finish can make or break a nice project.
In the end though, I may be taking a different approach than some. I don’t want to learn all about every finish out there. One day, maybe, but for now I’m going to stick with the one finish that I truly like, Shellac. I have realized that as long as I have used this product, I actually know little about it. Since posting this, I have recieved several emails concerning the different ways to thin shellac for easier spraying. I plan on trying some of that. There is so much I don’t know about different cuts of shellac, making my own shellac from flakes, different ways to cut it with fluids other than just de-natured alchohol. I need to work with and digest some of this information and tackle it. I can do it. I’ve never found anything I wasn’t able to learn if I wanted to. Getting the spraying down I think will make the finishing process much more injoyable to me.
Give me time. I’ll get it. Then when I get shellac down to a process I am satisfied with, the next finish I want to tackle is BLO. The funny thing about BLO is that I asked SuperD a while back a question that I was embarrassed to ask here on Lumberjocks. I felt stupid to learn that BLO stood for boiled linseed oil. Why didn’t I know that? Better yet, why couldn’t I figure that out without asking?


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