Tom talks finishing

I know this is kind of a short post, but this video was shot at the January meeting of the St. Petersburg Woodcrafter’s Guild. I was asked to do a quick presentation about my wood finishing regimen. I thought I would also post it here.

BTW – many thanks to Dave Knipfer of Maryland.. he’s the guy who taught me the method.  You see, Dave, I did pay attention!


5 replies on “Tom talks finishing”

  1. jason says:

    I make test boards like that for almost every project to determine if the stain and finish process I have in my head will come out the way I think it will. I make the test board before I start the project, but I take it one step further. After I make the board I cut the finished part in half and put one part in the sun and leave the other half in a dark corner of the shop. I work slowly on projects (father of 2 boys takes up a lot of shop time) by the time I’m ready to finish my project I look at the difference of the 2 pieces to see how the sun aged and darken the piece. Gives me an idea if the stain will turn to dark over time.

  2. Pete Harbin says:

    Good job Tom! I’d be nice if you could come out of your shell a bit though. That’s the second time I’ve heard about using shellac as a sealer in just the past couple weeks. I’ll have to try it on the next project.

  3. Kris says:

    Thanks Tom for the great tips!

  4. Dean wilcox says:

    Tom, the Polyurethane that you use, is it the kind that cleans up with soap and water or mineral spirits? I have a old can of poly that cleans up with water and I am wondering if it is going to mix well with boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits :-) . My guess is that I need to another trip to the big box store to get another can of poly.

  5. Tom says:

    Yeah, it’s oil based. Water won’t mix with the linseed oil…

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