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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 07-25-2012 04:36 PM 1168 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At my last weekend show I had two different ladies comment that high gloss finish was a man thing. Is that the perception? As a capitalist I want for my products to appeal to as many as possible.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.



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Bearpie

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#1 posted 07-25-2012 05:14 PM

It may seem that way. I like a high gloss finish on wood floors and turnings however on others I like a matte finish. My wife prefers a matte finish!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

#2 posted 07-25-2012 05:59 PM

Monte I very rarely use gloss finish I use Watco Danish Oil Natural on all but my cutting boards. Ladies like the smell and the look. Give it a try.
Dennis

-- http://www.landwoodworks.com (L an D Woodworks)

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Kookaburra

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#3 posted 07-25-2012 06:04 PM

Yes, it does seems more like a “man thing”

High glass always reminds me of those old fashioned thick layers of varathane that will stand up to anything – dropped tools, cans of beer, big hunky key rings, car parts, whatever.

When I see high glass I always think of the outdoor furniture moter courts had in the 60s. Perhaps my dad would sit on an adirondack chair while us kiddies played in the pool, I am not sure. But knotty pine “rustic” furniiture always comes to mind.

I do not think I own any crafted wood item that is high glass.

So, there is one Lady LJ’s opinion!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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CartersWhittling

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#4 posted 07-25-2012 06:35 PM

I almost never like high gloss myself. To me it makes the wood look and feel like plastic, not the warm soft surface that a simple oil and/or wax finish makes. Plus, for a high gloss surface to look good it has to be sanded and polished immaculately to remove any imperfections.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#5 posted 07-25-2012 06:55 PM

Wow, I find that the boxes I have sold with a gloss finish appealed to the ladies and the satin finished ones were more appealing to the guys. I guess it comes down to personal choice and the product you are selling.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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Pdub

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#6 posted 07-25-2012 07:40 PM

Disclaimer I am not a lady LJ. LOL

My wife prefers a satin finish on most items. She does not like a gloss finish! I lean towards a gloss finish so maybe she was right.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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BritBoxmaker

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#7 posted 07-25-2012 07:41 PM

I prefer a silk finish as gloss, unless well done, can make wood look like plastic. Last time I checked (today) I am a man.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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~Julie~

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#8 posted 07-25-2012 08:51 PM

Proud lady LJ here…

My husband likes gloss, I do not.

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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Roger

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#9 posted 07-25-2012 11:42 PM

I’m more on satin, then gloss, but, there are times when gloss is boss.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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robbinscabin

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#10 posted 07-26-2012 12:47 AM

Hubby prefers gloss and as much as possible but for decorative pieces I prefer a matte finish. Having said that… I’ve found on outdoor items like my doors that people EXPECT high gloss or they think it hasn’t been properly protected from the elements.

I don’t feel like my answer is really going to help you any but I’m proud to be a Lady Lumberjock! LOL

-- Robbinscabin, www.facebook.com/northcountryrustics

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 07-26-2012 01:31 AM

I’m not a lady Lj but wanted to weigh in: my wife and both daughters like a high gloss finish. Personally, I think it depends on the project and the woods used.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Mosquito

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#12 posted 07-26-2012 01:45 AM

Interesting… when I was finishing my coffee table, my girlfriend preferred semi-gloss, but I ended up with gloss, because I already had a half can of it (Arm-R-Seal)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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derosa

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#13 posted 07-26-2012 02:44 AM

My wife tends to prefer a satin or matte finish which I also prefer on indoor stuff. As someone mentioned above, gloss on outdoor items makes it feel sealed from the elements and we both prefer that as well.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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lightweightladylefty

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#14 posted 07-26-2012 05:13 AM

Monte,

My preference depends on the wood, the article, the design, and . . . what’s in the can! My husband always likes high gloss. I do not like matte because I feel it looks unfinished.

I usually buy semi-gloss or satin and if I want it glossy, I just don’t stir to the bottom!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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lumberjoe

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#15 posted 07-26-2012 04:22 PM

My wife LOVES the plastic gloss of heavy sheen ploy. I can’t stand it.

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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