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Forum topic by Farrout posted 12-15-2013 03:34 PM 827 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-15-2013 03:34 PM

Tung oil, stains, shellac, lacquer, and all that stuff.
Up until now, everything I’ve made has been finished in spray can paint.
I want to get into some natural wood finish projects but having trouble figuring out how to select and apply the various layers based on the type of wood, etc.
Any links to a beginners guide to finishing would be appreciated.

(PS, interesting, primer as in a base coat of paint, and primer as in a beginners guide are spelled the same. I could use a primer on primer:-)

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Bill White

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#1 posted 12-15-2013 03:51 PM

Check out Bob Flexner. He’s a guru.
My suggestion as to the very FIRST issue is to have the object to be finished fully prepared. Finishes are not meant to cover up bad workmanship.


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Clint Searl

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#2 posted 12-15-2013 04:05 PM

1. Read my blog
2. Buy a can of poly. Waterborne or oil based, but not both.
3. Buy a good brush from Gramercy at
4. Teach yourself

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 12-15-2013 04:15 PM

It's very hard to beat the Flexner book. Another good one that has more or les the same info but arranged in a different way ifs the one by Jeff Jewitt. I think every hobbyist woodworking shop should have one or both books in it. The Flexner book is very easy reasing, much like a novel and would give you the lowdown on what you asked; best of all it’s not too expensive.

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