Winner of the 1998 Stanley Award for Best How-to Book!
A well-applied finish can add the crowning touch to any piece of furniture, yet finishing is a skill that many woodworkers find difficult to master. Most people erroneously assume that flawless finishes have to be sprayed on or that there's some trick to achieving perfect results. The truth is that superb finishes have been produced for years using simple tools like brushes and pads. This book takes you through the steps necessary to apply finishing materials by hand, detailing each process, the materials used, and the correct technique.
You'll learn how to set up a safe and suitable working environment, how to prepare the surface of the wood for finishing, and how to choose the right stain to color the wood. At the core of the book are step-by-step techniques for six classic hand-applied finishes: shellac (including French polishing), oil, varnish, lacquer, water-based finish, and milk paint. Each technique is clearly and concisely explained, with many sharp photos and detailed drawings to accompany the text.
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SKU FWW61077924 Table Of Contents Introduction
1 Getting started
2 Preparing the wood
3 Coloring the wood and filling the grain
4 Shellac finishes
5 Oil finishes
8 Water-based finishes
9 Milk paint
10 Maintaining and repairing finishes
Although many books and articles have been written on the subject, finishing remains one of the biggest bugaboos for woodworkers. Three years ago I began teaching a course called 'Six Finishes in Two Days.' The idea behind the course was to omit some of the theory and chemistry of finishing and simply to demonstrate six classic finishes from beginning to end using actual products and projects. Although some students are interested in the whys and hows of finish chemistry, most just want to learn how to finish.
This book evolved naturally from the finishing course. It is intended to be a reference manual of techniques for applying finishes to wood by hand. Most people erroneously assume that flawless finishes are sprayed on or that there is some 'trick' to achieving superb results.This is simply not true. Flawless finishes have been produced for hundreds of years using simple tools like brushes and pads. This book takes you through the process of applying different kinds of finishes, detailing each process, the materials used, and the correct technique.
The book is organized according to the natural sequence of finishing. Starting with the basics of material selection, the chapters progress from surface preparation and coloring to the actual process of applying the finishing material. Since all finishing materials vary in characteristics, the methods for applying them are slightly different. Each technique is accompanied by photos and a step-by-step text so that you can grasp the application nuances.
I've tried to present as many application options as possible for each type of finish. If you're a beginner or novice, you'll find this approach better suited to your skills and the materials you have access to. If you're more advanced, you'll find alternate techniques to improve your skills.
Video No Author Jeff Jewitt ISBN 978-1-60085-447-7 Publication Year 1997 Pages No Photo No Drawings No Video Download No Other Formats 061038|070282 Cover PDF eBook Format eBook (PDF)
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