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Wood Turner's Finish does not need wet sanding. If feel the need for more sheen, dry polish with Merka Abralon 1500-4000 grit or Micro Mesh 4000-8000.

For this weeks General Finishes Woodworker Wednesday series, we are featuring Ruth, aka The WoodGal! Her work spans a range of projects, from trash-to-treasure rehabs to fine custom furniture, like tables and dressers.

General Finishes has released it's next video!  Watch as Tom Monohan and Chris Adams of General Finishes take a raw pine bench from plain and boring to spectacular!

The hardness properties of a wood finish are formulated around the objectives of use. A hard finish is desirable on projects that get heavy wear. The most common are kitchen cabinets and table tops. 

But in other situations, such as an outdoor topcoat, a desired property of the finish is elongation, which allows the topcoat to expand and contract through different extremes of temperature. 

A fun project from Lemonade Woodworking.

These wood pieces were created by a process called Shou-Sugi-Ban, a Japanese tradition of burning wood siding that dates back hundreds of years, by Delta Millworks in Austin, TX.

Ideal Conditions are 70 degrees F and 50-70% humidity.

Refinishing furniture in a space that is below or above the 65-75 degrees F range can lead to problems, and a space below 55 degrees F is definitely too cold. One issue caused by cold temperatures with WATER BASED TOP COATS is the development of dimples in the finish called Orange Peel.

www.eze-solutions.com offers nifty Paint-EZE application and measuring bottles - we use them to intermix colors and apply Milk Paint for furniture and outdoor projects

Today we'd like to share with you this gorgeous table that was built and finished by Marion Lovett for his own home. This project was quite the challenge considering the table weighs in at about 800-900 lbs!  It is 8" around and made of old oak barn wood.

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We recommend an oil based finish such as Arm-R-Seal. Oily woods can be tricky with any topcoat. The high oil content affects the drying process of the finish coats and Padauk has a very high oil content. Sometimes oily woods dry fine and sometimes they take weeks.

Try wiping the wood with alcohol or acetone to dry the oils before coating. This technique may help but does not work all of the time - each piece of wood is different. To be safe, always plan on a long dry time.

 

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