An excellent video series on the 15-step process for wood finishing

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Forum topic by thedudeabides posted 11-11-2009 11:18 AM 2542 views 1 time favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2009 11:18 AM

Curt Martin does a great job explaining how to get an amazing finish with the common 15-step method. I’ve also read about the 27 step, and now there’s even a 39 step finish that some furniture-makers are selling.

Here’s the 15-step process:

Refinishing Wood Furniture: Video Series

Beautifully refinished wood furniture is achieved by many steps of filling, sanding, staining, and applying lacquer and polish. Learn how to refinish wood furniture in this free video series.

How many steps are you guys normally taking with your finishes?

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#1 posted 11-11-2009 01:17 PM

This was an interesting video tutorial. Thanks for the post. He provides some good information in the series and most of it is right on target. I don’t necessarily agree with sanding to 220 grit on the bare wood. This closes off the grain and will inhibit absorption of the stain. I prefer to stop at 150.

Filling is fine if you are after a glass smooth final finish and power sanding the finish is a technique that takes practice. It is easy to sand through the finish using a power sander. For those who are not in a production environment it probably would be better to go with hand sanding on the finish. It will take longer but there is less likelihood of blowing through the finish.

But this is a nice series that presents a lot of useful information. I have bookmarked it.

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#2 posted 11-11-2009 04:59 PM

closing off the grain is necessary on some types of material, both wood and stain. 150 grit can leave visible marks. I tweek my finishing processes according to the project…there is no “one program fits all” process.

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