Wood finishing is a mystery to many woodworkers. But I think this video above will help communicate the essentials to the craft of applying a nice, smooth, clear protective finish on a piece of furniture.
What Are The Basics of Getting a Fantastic Wood Finish?
- Apply several light coats rather than thick, heavy coats
- Let each coat dry thoroughly
- Scuff before applying the next coat and
- Polish the final coat after it cures for a couple of weeks
So the video above walks you through those 4 steps on a solid American walnut wood desk top. The video is actually the second part in a series on how I finished my custom built standing height desk. Since the ash base is dyed black and glazed with a gray stain for a unique look, I put that in a separate tutorial. More about how I finished that in “Part 1” >
The solid walnut top, above, is a slightly different story. I finished it with just a hand-rubbed tung oil varnish, applying 8 coats to protect the top surface while giving the walnut a gorgeous, natural warm glow, too.
In this video, you’ll follow along as I work through each step from prepping the raw panel all the way to polishing the final coat.