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#1 posted 12-12-2012 03:49 PM

I finish my pieces before I start. Unlike a lot of people, finishing is my favorite part of the project. I do start off with a wood species though; not a finish. After I have lumber rough dimensioned I do cut off a few pretty nice looking sections to test finish on. I don’t just do a quick test. I will finish the scraps as I were finishing the piece – multiple coats with sanding in between, if I am using oil/stain under the finish, blotch controllers, waxes, etc.

I also pre-finish my work. The results are SO much better. I tape off the areas that will get glue. Glue won’t stick to finish so it cleans up really easy and you don’t have to worry about contamination or extra sanding. Once the piece is assembled, I will apply a final coat of finish, buff it out and wax it (if I am doing so)


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