Finding Your Finish

Rob Johnstone staff photo

I learned something a few years ago, and after I did, I wondered why it surprised me. When it comes to finishing, I found there are many woodworkers who are more interested in simply finding a finish that works for them than learning the fundamentals behind finishing and considering a variety of finishes. It just makes sense for those folks; they have just completed a woodworking project (the fun stuff), and now they are considering applying a finish (not as fun), knowing if things don’t go well, it could mess up all the work they have just completed.

With that in mind, I have a question for you. Do you have a go-to finish? Do you use it on almost all your projects? Or do you use a variety of finishes depending on the project? As we always do, we will share your answers in a future issue.

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

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