Wood Finishing

Finishing and Wood Conditioning

 Many woodworkers love creating things with wood, but when it comes to finishing they lose patience AND technique. The results of these projects are beautiful and innovative woodworking pieces, poorly finished, which then tends to spoil the overall look of the piece. Some woodworkers have found the solution, passing their work along to someone else to apply the finishing of the piece. This is a perfect solution, but not always available to all of us. So .... what are some solutions??

Water Based Wood Stains

 Water based stains have been around for a while and seem to get mixed reviews. For a number of reasons, I think these are excellent products. First of all they dry very quickly, which means you can often finish a project in a day. This in it'self is not an achievement, but what I like about this is that finishing a project quickly means that there is less time for dust and dirt to land on your still-drying-project.

Applying the finishes is usually done indoors (also to avoid dust and particles) which means somewhat of an enclosed area. Most water based stains have little (if any) odour which makes them more pleasant to use in confined areas. And finally ... clean up. I hate clean up at the best of times and any time I can save the environment and use something as simple as old fashioned soap and water to clean my brushes with ... is my kind of product.

Ebonizing Wood

 ebony Anyone who has purchased any Ebony wood in the last few years will realize why anyone would even bother to try duplicated this fine exotic wood. The reason is simple, costs. Ebony is somewhat difficult to obtain and is therefore VERY expensive to buy, even in small quantities as a highlighter to a project.

In order to "ebonize" or make your own ebony wood, the first thing to do is to choose the wood. Obviously darker woods will be easier to make darker that light colored woods. If you have ever examined ebony closely, you will see it is a very fine wood with almost no grain visible. Almost like black plastic. If you use a gainy wood like oak, the grain will easily show through the dye, so for close-in work I would suggest using a finer grain wood, even if it means more work because it is a lighter colored wood.

Jesse's Secret 3 Part Oil Finish

 " Finishing woodwork projects can be one of the most frustrating things for most woodworkers. In and effort to find something that is easy to apply and is little affected by the dust in your workshop ... we present Jesse's formula, which by the way isn't really a secret, but once you have tried this technique, consider yourself a member of the Pro Finishers!! Its easy to apply and looks fabulous, we think even you will be amazed.

Editors note: I have had the pleasure of knowing this woodworker for a some years, he's talented, knowledgeable a willing to try new techinques ... we think you will be very happy with the results if you follow his technique.

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