Even experienced furniture makers have problems when it comes to finishing.
Mario Rodriguez breaks the finishing operation down into clear steps.
How to follow a simple progression to remove milling marks and imperfections.
▪ Choose and use planes and a scraper to prepare the components for assembly.
▪ Flush joints and smooth surfaces with a block plane and assortment of sanding tools.
▪ Use denatured alcohol to reveal the tiniest scratches.
How to achieve success with two foolproof finishes.
▪ Select and mix shellac.
▪ Understand the concept of “cut.”
▪ Take advantage of shellac’s unique properties to get easy, reliable results.
▪ Mix polyurethane varnish with linseed oil.
▪ Carefully apply the mix with a brush.
▪ Rub out the excess with a cloth.
By following Rodriguez’s clear instructions woodworkers at all levels of experience will learn not to dread the minefield of finishing that awaits them at the end of the furniture-making process.
From the editors of Fine Woodworking and Fine Homebuilding