marks the beginning of a six-part series on finishing…one of the
most often overlooked elements of creating a professional-looking
woodworking project -- and without a doubt, one of the most important.
Beginning and experienced woodworkers alike frequently spend countless
hours building a project to perfection, only to get in a hurry as
the project nears completion and end up ruining everything by doing
a half-hearted job of applying the finish. Our first installment,
Preparing the surface, will be followed in the next
issue with Applying an oil finish. Then, we'll move on to
Applying a natural finish, Applying a synthetic finish,
Refinishing and finishing-up our series with Paints & Stains.
So, let's get started.
true beauty of any woodworking project depends on three things:
a good design, good craftsmanship and a good finish, In the long
run, the finish may actually be the most important of the three…even
though it's often the most neglected. And this, more often than
not, is a simple matter of not knowing what to do in this all-important
step. We hope this series will solve that problem.
first step in applying a professional finish is preparing the surface
to receive it. Poor surface preparation will botch-up all the work
you've put into the project to this point and cost you money, since
rough surfaces can easily suck-up 20% to 30% more finishing materials
than a properly prepared surface. And depending on the finish you're
applying and the overall size of your project, this could translate
to some big bucks!
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