The warring instincts of finishing

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Forum topic by CharlesA posted 09-21-2017 03:05 PM 408 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2017 03:05 PM

Some thoughts that occurred to me:

When I read posts on finishing, it seems like there are usually one of two instincts behind the finishing question/technique:

1) how can I keep the color as close to freshly planed/sanded as possible. So, with purpleheart or maple or other woods, woodworkers love the almost white maple or the truly purple purpleheart and we want to keep it that way. This, apparently, doesn’t work over time.

2) We want to age the color so it looks immediately like it will after it ages. So we want the cherry, white oak, or mahogany darker, and develop techniques to mimic or speed up the aging process.

Then again, sometimes folks just want the wood to be a different color.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 09-21-2017 04:17 PM

People with straight hair use a curling iron. People with curly hair use a smoothing iron.
Welcome to the condition known as human nature.

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#2 posted 09-21-2017 04:20 PM

My hair is straight when short and gets really curly when long! I try to keep my wood looking completely natural.

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#3 posted 09-21-2017 04:35 PM

Wonder why we have so many different car colors? Didnt Henry Ford have it right with black? You mean people actually have color preferences?

Personally I cant stand the white-out lifeless look of “natural” finished light woods like maple, beech, etc., but thats my preference. People who like it arent wrong, but they are to me.

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