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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Crossing the Finish Line

I decided to go with a classic finish of boiled linseed oil and shellac for this piece.  I have trouble finding a finish that better highlights the natural beauty of wood, especially when there is interesting grain or figure.  I also believe shellac is a lot more durable than most people give it credit for being.  Due to the enclosed winter conditions of my shop, I went with a brushed application, rather than spraying.  I found the process to be rather simple, and considering the time to set up and clean a spray gun, perhaps even the faster of the two options.  I'm thrilled with the final product, and plan to use a lot more stringing in future projects.  Stay tuned for a few upcoming "bonus" episodes that will make good use of the leftover scrap from this project.  Enjoy!



7 comments:

Jeff Branch said...

Good post. I have never used shellac, so this was of interest to me. Beautiful project.

BTW, I of all the woodworking video blogs, I like yours best. Keep up the good work.

Rob Bois said...

Thanks Jeff I really appreciate it.

Vic Hubbard said...

Excellence! Always, excellence! Another great job, Rob. I'm looking forward to what you are thinking of for those "accessories".

Kip said...

Rob A great finish (pun intended ) to a great project. I am curious about needing 4 coats to fill or seal the pores, I would have guessed two would have done it. Just curious wondering if the wood had something to do with it or the 2 # cut as opposed to a 1#

Thank you for the post and keep up the good work

Rob Bois said...

Kip, I think that if I had spent more time sanding each coat I may have been able to get away with fewer coats. But those pores are ornery. They seem to just suck finish in like a bottomless pit. I did just learn about a product called CrystaLac Wood Grain Filler that is a clear pore filler that may work well in cases like this. I have some on order, and plan to do a review of it in an upcoming video. If it saves time, and works I'm a fan!

bakins said...

I have thouroughly enjoyed your project. I'm looking forward to the next. Keep up the good work.

Paul C. Frederick said...

I'll knock the first coat down dry and wet sand after that. I've been happy with the results.