Speeding Up The Finish Process

Aerosol finishes offer woodworkers a simple, economical way to apply a super smooth finish, without investing in a high priced spray rig. It is almost always less expensive to go with the wood you like rather than going with a less expensive wood and try to make it look like what you really wanted by staining it. Stain never looks as good as the real thing and the added labor of doing a stained finish almost always makes up for any cost savings on wood. Paint seems to be the best-documented wood finish in the archaeological record, since other finishes may not survive, as discussed above. The OSHA standard for spray finishing operations, 29 CFR 1910.107 , provides detailed requirements for the design and construction of spray booths and rooms, air filters, velocity and air flow requirements, and the (make-up) air supplied to the booth.

After an object is made and it’s time to apply a finish, Flexner says the MC of the wood becomes less of an issue; that is, unless the MC is so high (almost wet to the touch) that it causes a problem with the finish. Although it may be tempting to rub out the finish as soon as it dries, it’s best to wait a while. Collectively these tools can cope with every type of contour required in his work, whether flat, concave or convex. You can reuse the mineral spirits from the used” container after the finish settles.

Woodworking is challenging enough but building a guitar requires making something out of wood that not only looks good but also sounds good. Surprising to most, a professionally applied wax finish requires little maintenance. Problems can pop up at any one of three points in the finishing process—surface preparation (and assembly), staining and coloring, and applying the topcoat.

Before designing any furniture, Tokunaga designs tools And most important – the tool responsible for the studio’s ultra-smooth finishes – is the kanna, a plane crafted using blacksmithing techniques that have been passed down in Japan for thousands of years. I gilded the lower body of the vessel with silver leaf and did a patina finish over it. While not one of the primary reasons, one function of rubbing is to change the sheen of a finish.

If you want to dull the finish to a semi-gloss or satin, than apply one or two coats of a semi-gloss or satin finish for the last couple of coats. My favorite method to apply oil-based polyurethane is to thin the finish 50% with mineral spirits and wipe it on. The Editors of Fine Woodworking will give you the skills necessary and confidence to apply finish with ease. Here’s a trick for getting a glass-smooth finish on your next woodworking project.


A wipe on and wipe off product is much easier to use than working with a brush or a spray gun. Manual spray operations should be performed in a spray booth or a separate, ventilated spray area. You can watch the whole series as well as many other woodworking videos on my YouTube channel. Since a polyurethane finish dries slowly, it can be brushed on. Alternatives for someone wanting to spray on a durable finish would be to use a pre-catalyzed or catalyzed lacquer or conversion varnish. In fact, oil-based varnish is the most durable finish that can be easily applied by the average woodworker.

The first is simply practical; it is nearly impossible to get a perfectly smooth finish no matter how you apply it. Even in a dedicated clean room, the odds against getting a finish to dry without picking up dust nibs are astronomical, and for those of us who finish in our wood shops, the odds are even worse. This type of finish is also mandatory when you have to perform complex coloring options like toning and glazing. Scratches in the top clear layers of the finish are fairly easily repaired with any of the finishing systems.

Iuliancezar cezar writes: There are many ingredients that everyone has in their house which combined can transform into a very eco-friendly furniture finish. What I’m concerned about is if I am compromising the quality and integrity of my finish by accelerating the curing process. A finish film that turns yellow with age will be noticeable with unstained, light-colored woods, such as maple or birch.

These materials can pose significant fire and explosion hazards if used in large quantities, in unventilated or enclosed areas, or in processes such as spray finishing operations that can lead to significant airborne concentrations of the material. Get on the fast track to the woodworking content you really like by joining my list and telling me what you most want to see in video, text, song, poetry, and performance art.

Then You’ve the right one – normally a 2lb cut – Paul has described using just this sealer to build up coats of finish and using leather (Shoe) dye to colour it (his plane handle). Waxing is the ultimate rich-looking and labor intensive finish that seals and protects the wood. Do not use any abrasive material like steel wool or scotchbrite, it can remove some of the finish. Almost all finish is repairable, but high gloss finishes are the hardest to repair.

You can do a great job designing and building a piece of furniture, but if the finish is of poor quality it will devalue the entire piece. Occasional a customer will want to stain a piece to match existing pieces or to achieve a particular look that can’t be obtained with a natural finish. It also helps that I already had a can of the stuff in my finish cabinet seeing as good quality finish isn’t cheap.

In the fall and spring, when HVAC units may not be on or when windows are left open, the wood can expand but again, not to the extent that it normally would if there were no finish on the wood. Spray equipment requires a larger budget and, in most cases, expensive equipment to exhaust the overspray. So sure I could subvert all this by just using Shellac or Lacquer or a water based product, but you can’t argue with a finish that produces beautiful results. This is a simple, food-safe, fast, and overall gorgeous way of applying a satin finish to wood surfaces.