|Forum topic by RussellAP||posted 358 days ago||715 views||1 time favorited||11 replies|
358 days ago
One of my friends here on LJ is Charles Neil, he’s a pro finisher and I would trust him with any finish question I have and follow it to the letter. Lately I’ve come to understand that finishing is just as much an art as design.
We all know that no matter how well you build a piece, you can kill it with the wrong finish. And it’s one thing to be good with building things and quite another to be talented at finishing. You have to throw yourself AT the problem, not run away from it.
Finishing is the last thing you do to a piece, but it’s the first thing you should think about when planning a project.
How many of you take finish into account before you even decide on the wood you buy for a project? Or do you wait till later and deal with the situation as it is?
I think we all have an ideal for the finish we like to use, like satin, or polished oil, or shellac. If you’re satisfied, I’d stick with it, but I’d also encourage you to try other things. Gel-Coats, Water based, Dyes. Did you know that some wood looks great blue?
So tell us about your finishing habit/rituals especially the tricks you’ve picked up along the way.
-- Mom always said, "you can do anything you put your mind to." The older I get the more I realize she was right.