Hand-Applied Finishes
by Jeff Jewitt

205 x 255mm

Published by The Taunton Press, Connecticut, USA.


ISBN 1-56158-154-2

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Extract from back cover of book:

A well-applied finish can add the crowning touch to any piece of furniture, yet finishing is a skill that many woodworkers find difficult to master. Most people is a skill that many woodworkers find difficult to master. Most people erroneously assume that flawless finishes have to be sprayed on or that there's some trick to achieving perfect results. The truth is that superb finishes have been produced for years using simple tools like brushes and pads. This book takes you through the steps necessary to apply finishing materials by hand, detailing each process, the materials used, and the correct technique.

You'll learn how to set up a safe and suitable working environment, how to prepare the surface of the wood for finishing, and how to choose the right stain to color the wood. At the core of the book are step-by-step techniques for six classic hand-applied finishes: shellac (including French polishing), oil, varnish, lacquer, water-based finish, and milk paint. Each technique is clearly and concisely explained, with many sharp photos and detailed drawings to accompany the text.

Whatever your skill level, this book will serve as the ultimate reference manual for protecting and beautifying furniture with finishes applied by hand.

About the Author: Jeff Jewitt is a professional finisher in North Royalton, Ohio, where he operates a finishing shop specializing in period finishing techniques. He also developed many finishing products, which are sold worldwide. He also teaches and is a regular contributor to Fine Woodworking and other woodworking magazines.

Photos: Black & White



Getting Started
The Right Environment
Personal Safety
Workshop Safety
Finishing Tools

Preparing the Wood
General Guidelines
Hand Planes
Checking Surface Preparation

Coloring the Wood and Filling the Grain
Pigmented Stains
Dye Stains
Chemical Stains
Controlling Stain Penetration
Combining Dyes and Pigments
Filling the Grain

Shellac Finishes
What is Shellac?
French Polishing
Padding Shellac
Brushing Shellac

Oil Finishes
Types of Oil Finishes
Applying Oil Finishes
Choosing an Oil Finish

What is Varnish?
Brushing Varnish
Wiping Varnish
Rubbing Out

What is Lacquer?
Brushing Lacquer
Padding Lacquer

Water-Based Finishes
What is a Water-Based Finish?
General Guidelines for Using Water-Based Finishes
Brushing Water-Based Finishes
Applying Water-Based Finishes with a Pad
Adjusting the Color of Water-Based Finishes
Rubbing Out Water-Based Finishes

Milk Paint
What is Milk Paint?
Brushing Milk Paint
Special Effects

Maintaining and Repairing Finishes
Protecting Finishes from Sunlight and Humidity
Maintaining Finish Appearance
Cleaning Finishes
Repairing Finishes