Outline of Volume 1 of the Fine Furniture Finishing
Introduction - initial explanations of:
- Sandpapers; grit sizes and types of abrasives
- Sanding blocks and power sanders
- Dust masks and respirators
- Paint and varnish brushes for water and oil-based products
Ingredients of paints and varnishes, their composition and
The demonstrations on the tape are all start-to-finish
projects. They are presented so that each one introduces products
and techniques in an order that builds on earlier knowledge gained.
Viewers who might be primarily interested in clear wood finishes, or
painted faux finishes, will still find lots of very useful
information in the other demo's. (Besides, there are small bits of
humor tucked here and there that shouldn't be missed!)
First demonstration: Wipe-on Oil with Wax Finish
We use a child's oak chair that has been stripped of
its old finish and then apply several coats of oil to accentuate its
golden tones. The final surface is buffed with steel wool and wax
for an easy, soft, and natural look.
wiping oils; linseed, tung, synthetic. Products and materials
demonstrated include foam brushes, wet-or-dry sandpaper, steel wool,
and paste wax.
Second demonstration: Shellac
A jewelry box of bird's-eye maple is given several
coats of fast-drying shellac while demonstrating flowing brush style
and wet sanding. The result is a fast, and easy-to-obtain film
finish that beautifully displays the wood's
Description of white (clear) and orange (amber)
shellacs and their uses. Products and materials demonstrated also
include water-based wood putty, artist's palette knife, masking tape
tips, tack rags, wet brush storage, sanding sponges and sanding
Third demonstration: Stain, Wood Filler, and Varnish
A pair of mahogany chests are used to demonstrate the
use of wood stains, wood filler, and oil-based varnishes. This very
traditional application of products is a great showcase for brush
handling, the differences between dry and wet sanding, and in the
difference in the appearance of a hand-rubbed satin finish versus
satin (in the can) varnish. The look is luscious, both visually, and
Descriptions of wood stains, paste wood filler,
and alkyd varnishes. Additional products used are solvent-based wood
Fourth demonstration: Latex and Acrylic
A previously finished (translate: bought at a garage
sale) chest of drawers is painted, antiqued, and given a top of
painted faux marble. This is a rapidly moving, fun demonstration of
what can be done in a couple of hours to create a lovely, useful
piece from an ugly beginning.
Lots of products and
techniques are shown here, including: different kinds of surface
prep (sanding vs. chemical etching), primers, primer/sealers,
masking, paint sheens, glazes and glazing, sponges, feathers,
spattering, pastels, color mixing, acrylic varnishes, and "positive"
style faux marble.
Fifth demonstration: Oriental lacquer-look, faux "negative"
The funky project of the video, a pair of bedside
chests are used to show a rub-through technique that imitates
lacquer on its sides, with a faux marble top done in a "negative"
Additional techniques shown here include toning
glaze, stippling, and softening
A short wrap-up emphasizes how the viewer can use the
preceding information to create finishes of their own with the
confidence that comes with understanding the "why-to" as much as the "how-to ".