that likes to finish my work? And I don’t mean complete it, I mean put on a finish, like linseed oil, shellac or paint. I for one, enjoy the process because it is the culmination of the project. Everything up to that point, all of the woodworking has been directed towards producing a smooth surface on the wood to receive a finish.
Yet this phase of woodworking is the one dreaded by most woodworkers. They will spend countless hours learning how to use hand tools, money on expensive materials and days if not weeks making a project then use a quick, one step, easy to use wipe on plastic finish that looks like crap. This I just don’t understand.
Even a few coats of linseed oil thinned with a bit of turpentine, rubbed on once a day will produce a far superior finish. And shellac, what could be easier, if you don’t like how it looks, take some alcohol and wipe it off. And paint, consider painting your woodwork, it follows a long tradition. However don’t use Milk Paint; because there is no such thing historically, it is a modern construct. In the nineteenth century and earlier if it was made of milk, then it was whitewash, which is great to paint houses with, but never furniture. Of course if you are making wainscoting, wall panels or interior moldings, etc. then whitewash would be a good choice.
I on a regular basis finish pieces for people because they just don’t like finishing. I gladly do so as I enjoy the process enough that I would consider doing just finishing. There is nothing greater than to get the grain of the wood to glow from within or to pull off a French polish or grain pine in a convincing enough manner to fool woodworkers into thinking it was crotch mahogany.
I consider finishing the reward for doing the woodworking. I like finishing so much, I mix up my own shellac from seedlac, I make my own paint, stains, dyes, I make most of my own varnish and I have even kettle boiled raw linseed oil [be careful if you try this at home].
I bring this up because of comments I have been reading around on various forums, finishing seems to be the bane of most woodworkers. And I am wondering if there are people out there that actually like to finish their woodwork?