10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools #11: |Step 10| Learn how to Finish the Wood

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Blog entry by WoodAndShop posted 04-15-2014 05:01 PM 2167 reads 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Step 10 is one of my favorite steps, because you get to see the true beauty reveal itself in the wood, and the grain patterns shine forth! I’ll admit it, I’m not one of those woodworkers who love complex finish recipes, but I love making it as simple as possible. In the above video I introduced quite a few of the well-known finishes used by woodworkers (there’s probably a lot more) but I encourage everyone to experiment and find out which finishes they like the best.

My favorite, easiest, & fastest wood finish:

I personally love the ease, safety, historical significance, and beauty of a simple boiled linseed oil finish, with a buffed topcoat of furniture wax. This video quickly summarizes how I do it:

What are some of your favorite finishes or finish recipes? Please share them in my comment box!

Shortcut to Joshua’s 10 steps:
Step 1: Buy the Right Woodworking Hand Tools
Step 2: Setup Your Workshop & Tool Storage
Step 3: Learn how to Tune, Refurbish, & Sharpen Tools
Step 4: Learn how to Use Woodworking Hand Tools
Step 5: Learn how to Design Woodworking Projects
Step 6: Learn to Prepare Wood: Square & Straight
Step 7: Learn how to Layout & Mark the Wood
Step 8: Joinery: Learn how to Layout & Cut Joints
Step 9: Learn how to Assemble & Glue-up
Step 10: Learn how to Finish the Wood

-- Joshua Farnsworth - Free Traditional Hand Tool Woodworking Tutorials:

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#1 posted 04-29-2014 04:32 AM

Thank you Josh for these wonderful videos. I have checked out your website and it is very helpful. I am currently in the US Navy, and have recently found a hobby in woodworking thanks to a close friend who taught me some basics. As you probably know, the Navy will have me moving from place to place, which has me more and more interested in traditional woodworking in order to save space and not have to move a ton of power tools all over the world, but more importantly, I love to work with my hands. I look forward to watching more videos on what tools i need to get started.

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#2 posted 04-29-2014 12:49 PM

Hi TaylorML, thanks for your comment, and I’m very glad that a serviceman is benefiting. Regarding the hand tool buying guide, did you check my 13 hand tool categories?



-- Joshua Farnsworth - Free Traditional Hand Tool Woodworking Tutorials:

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