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#1 posted 08-02-2012 07:04 PM

Wow. I think I am more confused than I was before! Thank you all for the great tips and warnings.

Sawkerf – thanks for the hint on oil and shellac giving a yellowish tint – could be nice in some cases but good to keep in mind. I am not likely to stain anything unless I have to, so I will be focusing on the finishing stage. Since I am a girl, I don’t like things shiny, so I will stick with satin and semi-gloss and keep in mind that the semi-glass might be a good choice as the piece ages.

CueBall – That is exactly what I need to do – finish a bunch of samples and mark how I finished them. Now wouldn’t that be a great product to sell – small slices of different woods with different finishes on them. I am primarily a glass artist and I have big binders with squares of the various glass products so I can see how they will look after kilning. The binders cost hundreds of dollars each! Why not one in wood? OK, I will start by making my own sample set. Meanwhile, I will look for the finishing book to add to my library. Sounds like one I will want to have on hand for reference.

KnickKnack – good advice, as always. I certainly should have BLO (love that acronym dictionary) in my offerings. How do you heat oil and how hot should it be? Wax – is that your basic floor paste wax or is it special expensive magical wood wax? Wax sounds like it gives just the look I am going for. I like your distinction of on or part of the wood. I like the idea of part of also.

Whew! Off to check Amazon for the book, linseed oil and wax. The cut up some wood and try the finishes I have on hand. This should give me a good start.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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