Finishing Tips

Source - Chris Schwarz.

Source – Chris Schwarz.

Firstly, this is my extremely bare resource page for finishing techniques – not much here yet. As I scan the internet and see things to save, I am collecting them here. I’ll add some more things as I have time.

Milk Paint – I have never applied a milk paint finish to a project, but as paint treatments go, milk paint is historically correct. Sometimes I feel like a painted piece is the easy way out; adding a finish like varnish lets the wood glow. A painted finish hides the grain and can allow the woodworker the ability to cut corners with material choices and grain direction, etc. So paint (to me at least) feels like a low quality finish.

But, the first photo in this blog post by Chris Schwarz changes all that. The milk paint applied to his board chest shows beautiful grain, the paint has a nice luster, and it compliments both the wood itself along with the overall view of the project. So, I plan to do something with milk paint in 2013. I saw this lesson on applying milk paint at Popular and wanted to add it to my Finishing Tips resource page – see it here.

How to Apply Wiping Varnish by Mike Pekovich and Fine

Stickley/Arts and Crafts Finish from Lumberjocks.

Finishing Technique for Greene and Greene Furniture by Matt Kenny and Fine

Glen Huey using a toner to even out color.

Tips & Techniques for Fantastic Oak Finishes – an article at Popular Woodworking.

Glazing and Toning Furniture – a YouTube video by Thomas Johnson Antique Furniture Restoration.

Revised 12/22/18

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1 Comment

  1. I nearly went with milk paint for a toy box i built recently but in the end went with a high gloss finish. And to be honest i think it looks cheap and less professional looking so im a little regretful about that. I will try milk paint next time.

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