Surface preparation is the key to a fine finish, and sanding is the key to surface preparation. This is the complete wood finishing techniques freebie from. Woodskills online woodworking courses, woodworking plans. Thats because a bare pine surface absorbs stain unevenly, yielding an unnatural, blotchy, or zebralike coloration. Organized for quick access, makes it easy to find each technique. My husband is going to teach a finishing workshop and felt this would be a good resource to have on hand. The very whiteness of the wood makes it easy to transfer pattern lines but can be very uninteresting in the finished stage. So armed with finishing knowledge get your supplies, we have them all fillers, dyes, stains, oils, lacquers, and waxes. This smart book focuses on finishing details, materials, and techniques of finishing. Currently, i wipe on the stain, seal with a 5050 ratio of ml campbells precat lacquer and lacquer thinner. This article is an allaccess pass to the finishing methods ive used for a number of projects from my books and magazine articles.
Wood finishing basics woodworking information at woodweb. Wood finishing tips to help you with surface preparation, coloring, staining, finish coat application, final surfacing and how to choose materials. Let me start by thanking mitch, a new friend, for sharing 2 days of intense wood finishing with me. Thats why we are blowing the doors off this littleshared but highly important aspect of woodworking.
Do it wrong, and youll never want to finish wood again. Minwaxs howto section provides guides and tips on every step of the wood staining process from preperation staining to finishing. Finishing maple can help emphasize the natural wood grain and boost the color of the wood. In the complete guide to wood finishing you will learn how to get beautiful, professional results no matter what your project is, even if you have never tried your hand at wood finishing before. Varnish is the most versatile and durable finish that you can apply without a lot of fuss. Then wipe off excess finish, going in the direction of the grain. Fine woodworking best finishing techniques, author. Wood finishing techniques woodworkers guild of america.
The latest technical updates on materials and techniquesfrom spray guns to french polishing. Eric gorges visits kansas city woodcraft to learn about finishing techniques. For a more durable finish, topcoat over the shellac with a clear lacquer or polyurethane. The new wood finishing book, revised edition michael dresdner on. I have been testing finishing techniques and see that i like the clear finish i get out of general water based exterior finish. Follow this advice on the various types of wood finishes and when each one is used. Unfortunately, these three assets to cutting become the bane to finishing your project. A special section on sprayon finishes includes equipment and technique. These oils tend to bring out the curly or tiger looks of the maple. With new, fullcolor photos and design, expanded information, and updates on technological advances in finishing, the new wood finishing book is a musthave reference. Understanding wood finishing with bob flexner, completely. Yes its american, so some products mentioned may not apply here, but mostly it avoids that trap by focusing on method and technique rather than individual. Buy the new woodfinishing book 2nd revised edition by michael dresdner isbn.
This is the only comprehensive book on production finishing. Wood finishing refers to the process of refining or protecting a wooden surface, especially in the production of furniture where typically it represents between 5 and 30% of manufacturing costs finishing is the final step of the manufacturing process that gives wood surfaces desirable characteristics, including enhanced appearance and increased resistance to moisture and other. Applying a finishing sealer or oil to your relief wood. Well, if you prefer a darker, stained finish, things get a little dicier. The workmanship on antiques show the skill of its maker, but the finish appeared to be insignificant.
The first edition of understanding wood finishing has sold hundreds of thousands of copies and is widely regarded as the bible of wood finishing. Basswood is the most popular carving wood because of its clean white coloring, fine and even grain, and softness in cutting qualities. Woodworking advice, woodworking plans, woodworking projects and woodworking blogs on popular woodworking magazine subscribe today save up to 68% on. Covers all the modern and traditional techniques for coloring and finishing wood. Now, from this bestselling author comes the longawaited and completely updated second edition of understanding wood finishing, the most practical, comprehensive book on finishing ever published. Wood finishing can be tricky and after spending hours on building your project you want to be sure that you get the best outcome possible.
Learn wood finishing techniques so you can learn how to stain wood, apply lacquer, and more with instructional videos by woodworkers guild of america. Fine woodworking best finishing techniques taunton books. Finishing techniques for wood crafters will prove to be an especially popular addition to personal, professional, community, and technical college woodworking instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists. In wood finishing like a pro you will learn how to get beautiful, professional results. Planning for wood finishing also involves thinking about the properties of the wood that you are going to finish, as these can greatly affect the appearance and performance of finishes, and also the type of finishing system that will give the wood the characteristics you are seeking. Just because a receipt book recommends a certain recipe or formula does not mean that formula represented the. Join the wwgoa community to access a huge library of woodworking instructional videos. How are you supposed to become a better finisher if you are not shown the techniques and formulas. Fine woodworking best finishing techniques will arm you with the hardwon experience gained over decades by top craftsmen.
George vondriska demonstrates the best way to apply a simple finishing. Do it right, and it will be just as fun and rewarding as the first steps. This is the complete wood finishing techniques freebie from our expert, bob flexner. To apply wipeon finish, first put some on a clean rag.
Because of oaks cellular structure, the pigments in oilbased stains collect more in the wood s open grain areas, while the smoother, denser, surrounding areas retain less. To achieve this on opengrain woods oak, ash, walnut, or mahogany, for instance, first fill the pores with a wood. A lot of different woods look good without any applied finish when theyve been sanded and burnished carefully. Chapters include the basics of wood finishing, types of application, colored finishes, and troubleshooting. For more information and insight into all of the nuances and techniques of finishing, i highly recommend bob flexners book understanding wood finishing. Finishing wood helps ensure success by bringing together the best information on a rich variety of finishing techniques. Introduces wood finishing tools, materials and techniques, and covers oil finishes, stains, shellac, lacquer, varnish and waterbased finishes. This pack contains over 600 minutes, answering all the questions youll have. Top 10 wood finishing techniques for fixing mistakes. It covers traditional clear finishes like shellac and french polish, as well as various coloring techniques like pigmented lacquers, dyes and stains, milk paint, and crackled paint.
This method permits independent control over each stepthe depth of color and the level of protectionand is used to obtain rich, professionallooking finishes on small and large projects. Finishing techniques for wood crafters is a compendium of finishing techniques that shows how to choose, prepare and apply the perfect finish for any creative wood project. Youll get complete coverage of smoothing and preparing surfaces, changing the color of wood with dyes, pigments, and stains, polishing finishes to a high gloss, spray finishing, and repairing damaged finishes. Hobbyists and professionals alike make mistakes in the. Wood finishing how to finish wood like a prowood finishing can be tricky and after spending hours on building your project you want to be sure that you get the best outcome possible.
This book incorporates applications in all wood crafts, including carving, woodburning and scrollsawing. The traditional wood finishing system consists of applying a wood stain and clear protective finish in individual steps. Burning lumber as a finishing technique woodworking network. Books and seminars will help speed the learning curve too. Wood finishing basics how to prepare wood for staining minwax. Michael dresdner, a nationally known finishing expert with over 20 years of.
Learn how to use paint and stain to create your own weathered look. Wood finshing books and supplies are a speciality at highland woodworking. And, when clearfinished, pine radiates a warm glow found in few other woods. The makers of a lot of wood finishing products describe how they nourish the wood or replace natural oils. For machining quality, my favorite woods are walnut, cherry, and hard or soft maple. Wood finishing is one of the biggest bugaboos for many woodworkers. In the following excerpt, teri masaschi will teach you a few wood finishing techniques, tips and tricks for fixing finishing mistakes. Wood finishes from 1600 1950 finishing is the least studied and most inaccessible aspect of our antique furniture heritage. With a little bit of time and patience with a slab of your wood choice, using a few finishing products and adding wood legs or leg. Over the years, we have had the pleasure of hosting wood finishing expert bob flexner in the shop, author of understanding wood finishing. Though they remain undaunted by complex joinery or intricate and precise machining, scores of woodworkers still cringe at the thought of applying a finish to their work.
Your woodworking project isnt complete without a good finish. You can purchase this book from the mother earth news store. Apply it in a swirling motion like you would with car wax. Better brushes are the key usually, a brush is the best tool for applying polyurethane. Renew woodwork without refinishing if your stained and varnished woodwork is looking a little shabby, you can save time and money with this quick fix. Aug 15, 2011 these 10 common wood finishing problems can happen to any woodworker who doesnt follow proper wood finishing techniques. Another commonly used finishing technique on maple is to apply tung oil or linseed oil after the final sanding. Huey glen huey is a former managing editor of popular woodworking magazine, a period furniture maker and author of numerous woodworking books, videos and magazine articles. The complete guide to advanced wood finishing 9dvd set. Thats why you need to download this free guide to finishing wood. Finishing techniques for wood crafters lora s irish 201612. You dont have to strip the finish from your dingy woodwork. For waterbased poly, a synthetic brush such as nylon or polyester is best. For more than 18 years, bob flexner has been inspiring woodworkers with his writings and teachings on wood finishing.
If you finish wood, youll want to own the updated and completely revised version of the highly acclaimed the woodfinishing book. Anywhere you rub vaseline on the wood the paint wont adhere to the wood. Finishing and restoring using traditional techniques. I am looking to find a book that will explain in great detail how to color mix and match wood tonescolors, and how to set up proper finishing schedules for the shop. Finishing lumber with fire to preserve it and give it unique style shou sugi ban could be a coming design trend. Wood finishing supplies wood finishes highland woodworking. Let the finish dry overnight and youll be ready to proudly display your furniture restoration project after youve learned how to refinish a table. Get more information on an array of custom classes, individualized training and wood finishing resources available to get you started. Now every project you build will be made even more beautiful by the final finish you apply. These 10 common wood finishing problems can happen to any woodworker who doesnt follow proper wood finishing techniques.
Learn wood finishing with one of the nations most experienced finisher. Its actually a sophisticated technique with a rich history dating all the way back to the egyptian pharaohs. Now, from this bestselling author comes the longawaited and completely updated second edition of understanding wood finishing the most practical, comprehensive book on finishing ever published. Everything you need to know about finishing your pieces for just the right colors and shines. Wood selection there are a couple of considerations when you choose wood for a 3d carving. I am just finishing a tray i made out of walnut and maple. Wood finishing how to finish wood like a pronook book. With a little bit of time and patience with a slab of your wood choice, using a few finishing products and adding wood legs or leg hardware, can culminate into a beautiful piece of furniture that is sure to be the rooms highlight and topic of conversation with family and guests in any home. Prepare your workpiece a glasssmooth finish begins with a level, even surface. If you want to make a piece of maple stand out, you can use either oil or wood stain to finish the wood. Michael dresdner, a nationally known finishing expert with over 20 years of experience in the field. I started out by reading a finishing book, 3 times, by direction of mitch, before showing up to the shop.573 1420 1353 1330 133 645 1545 931 1000 1255 1266 512 256 478 1178 1266 662 1482 854 154 332 903 547 1007 439 913 694 217 843 209 78 820 513