|Forum topic by USCJeff||posted 2195 days ago||662 views||1 time favorited||4 replies|
2195 days ago
Hey all, I’m still attempting to stop ruining projects as a result of limited finishing experience. It’s frustrating to put all the hours into making a project perfect, only to turn it into junk with a bad finish. Anyways, I found some good sources of information that I wanted to share:
The first is actually a book by Bob Flexner, “Understanding Wood Finish”. I’d say it is thorough, but that’s an understament. I think it was Wayne who suggested the book to me in another thread. I keep it close.
More recently, American Woodworker Magazine has a special publication currently on stands. It is called “Guide to Finishes”. It has many charts that I plan to photocopy and keep it in the shop. There are so many finishes, and it is tough to remember all the properties. The charts are very helpful. There’s also information on all of the identical products that are labeled differently. It was helpful to learn the contents of some of the finishes as I have bought several things I could have made with what was on hand. For example, Tung Oil is typically varnish thinned with MS. Danish Oil is simply oil and varnish blended to share properties.
Lastly, check out PW's finishing section their website. I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to know that wasn’t on their site.
Well, time to practice. Hope this helps.
-- Jeff, South Carolina