Recommend an antique/alternative finishes book?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by kanihoncho posted 03-22-2011 02:56 PM 1005 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View kanihoncho's profile


60 posts in 3309 days

03-22-2011 02:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: antiqueing finishes alternative

I’m researching books on antique/alternative finishes. I’m not looking for a craft-oriented faux finish book that is based on decorative approaches. I realize that the same techniques may be used decoratively and seriously but I’m looking for a serious and realistic treatment of antique and alternative finishes. Many thanks.

2 replies so far

View Jim Finn's profile

Jim Finn

2688 posts in 3158 days

#1 posted 03-24-2011 04:00 AM

I have tried staining wood with ammonia fumes with just a trace of effect. I am not sure I was doing it right. Some research, on the internet, may help. Shellac is a very old finish that works well.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Website>

View Servelan's profile


39 posts in 3017 days

#2 posted 03-24-2011 06:49 AM

I don’t know how far back you are looking, but here: are books on finishing and decorating medieval and Renaissance wood; you could also look at Theophilus’ book (it’s 11th century and not exhaustive but it does have some information.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics