|Forum topic by USCJeff||posted 10-15-2007 04:23 PM||966 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
10-15-2007 04:23 PM
I’ve come to the realization that finishing skills are what sets good and great woodworkers apart. I’ve had to finally admit that finishing was actually a part of woodworking. Darn. This sudden realization came about after I labored maticuously over a couple projects only to slap on a finish that looks like my 2 year olds coloring. I’ve since managed to rescue those pieces from the Minwax monster that didn’t want to let go. I know this topic is taboo to some, but is anyone willing to share their recipes? I know their under lock and key somewhere, but help a fellow LumberJock out. :)
Here are a few things that have worked for me:
~I have had excellent results with a fairly easy application using Danish Oil. It absorbed easily into Walnut and it was even since the method requires wiping off the excess. Pine didn’t take it quite so well, but I’ve since learned that a wood conditioner might of solved that problem.
~Wipe on Poly is also fairly easy to apply evenly. There are many resources for making homemade stuff too. I used the stuff at Lowe’s though. Minwax I think.
~Wax looks great, but requires frequent maintenance.
-- Jeff, South Carolina