I've posted some links here to some great finishing recipes from some of the Jocks on this site. I think I'm missing a lot, and I'm looking for more input from those that I've left out.
I'm looking for some of your finishing recipes that you all use. It would be nice to compile one topic with all the recipes and techniques, or if you prefer a specific type or brand of finish that you have found to work really well. I typically use tung oil, but I want to seriously explore other options in this area. As much as I hate to admit it (I despise finishing), I think the finish you choose is just about as important as the project.
I'm interested in all types of finishes on this topic, those used for indoor and outdoor projects, for projects related to human consumption (like cutting boards), those that block UV rays for woods that change in UV light, etc. Also, if you have a link to one of your projects where you have previously explained a certain finish, then please don't by shy- go ahead and post it here for the rest of us to find.
Tung Oil/ Oil and wax
I got to thinking about this when I was reading Frank's recent post about tung oil.
Let's not forget Don Kondra's Secret Magic Mix
for Tung oil.
Tony has a great series on finishing with Oil and Wax.
Make sure to read through all the parts, it's a great series.
Here's a Tung Oil discussion
, started by Brad, with information from Steve Russell in it that is worth the read. It has a ton of information in on many subjects, recipes, food safe finishes, on and on. Give yourself some time for this on, and put on your thinking cap.
Here's another good Tung oil/wax and wipe on poly discussion
started by FoamieOmie. It has good info in it regarding the last coat applied.
jim1942 has a great discussion on the application and problems with generating a shine with a tung oil finish
Here's a good link by JuniorJock that talks about the material used to apply poly
Finishing Tips/ Rubbing out
Dennis Zongker gives great advice on his post with his Griffin end table.
TampaTom starts a series on some great finishing information.
Here is a comprehensive site on finishing
that I got from flink's LJ post of Cool websites for Woodworkers.
Myron Wolley has a topic about hand rubbed finishing
that has good advice on it from Douglas Bordner and schwingding.
USCJeff has a great blog on finishing wisdom.
Here is another complete Finishing Tips Guide
Here is an article by Rustic that gets some good conversation about a toy safe beeswax finish.
Rit Dye/ Other Dye
Daren Nelson has a great finishing trick
with Rit Dye here, and a related article by Tim Pursell where his quarter sawn white oak finish
Gizmodyne has a topic about an Arts and Crafts finish
where Dusty and others give great advice.
Emeralds has a short topic on achieving Red Hues in stain
. Pretty good information was contributed by the Jocks.
I found a musical instrument finishing site on the net that is pretty comprehensive. Here is one on Guitars
, with an entire span of resources and knowledge of finishing. If you have time, this site is WORTH the read. Bibb shows a project in LJ's here from a similar dye process, the Red Pagoda Jewelry box
... His formula recipe for the pagoda box is here
.... great project.
Here is an excellent article in LJ's by FosterFurn for an ebonizing finish.
Here is Allison's Ebonizing finish.
Here is BBQKing's "dark as midnight" Iron buff (ebonizing) discussion. Part 1. Part 2 (with pics).
Trifern blogs about an unbelievably fantastic ebonized finish called liming
Here is a site with Homemade and Alternative Stains and Colorants
Master craftsman Karson shares some advice on Pumice and Rottenstone as wood filler
on a how-to blog series.
Karson also has a good article on a recipe for spalting your own wood.
MrWoody has a great discussion here about using tack cloths before finishing.
Anyway, I think we could all benefit from compiling some of our finishing techniques to take some of the mystery out of it.
Thanks in advance,