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Woodworking Basics: Introduction to finishes

Ron Payne, Blacksmith, woodworker, all-around crafter

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11 Videos (25m)
    • Introduction

      1:49
    • Evaporative vs. Reactive finishes

      1:41
    • Waxes

      1:59
    • Curing oils

      2:57
    • Shellac

      1:37
    • Lacquer

      4:55
    • Varnish and Urethane

      3:23
    • Blends

      1:36
    • Water Borne Finishes

      1:13
    • Influencing factors

      2:35
    • Conclusion

      1:15

About This Class

Varnish, lacquer, urethane, polyurethane, shellac, etc. You've crafted a project out of wood, now it's time to finish it.  But with which finish?  There are dozens of wood finishes available today, each has its own pros and cons.  Some are better suited for one use or another.   This class is intended as a basic primer for the novice or as an introduction to a finish you may not be familiar with yet. In this beginner class I'll introduce the common wood finishes and discuss a bit about each as well as mention how each can be applied.   After completing this class you should have a better understanding of wood finishes and know which finish will best suit the project you are working on.

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Ron Payne

Blacksmith, woodworker, all-around crafter

I am driven by a need to create. This has lead me down some interesting roads.

I know a bit about woodwork, metal work, leather, casting, and several other disciplines. I also enjoy passing along what I know to others.

Life is a continual path of improvement.

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