Handmade woodworking has a beauty and quality that cannot be matched elsewhere. In many cases, working with wood is the best way to meld productivity with hobbies. It is the culmination of hours of painstaking labor to create a rocking chair, build a deck, or tack together a birdhouse.
When assembling just about any woodwork project beyond structure strength, concerning joints, dowels and tongue and groove angles, finishing is what makes a project look complete. Correctly executed finishing steps tell the observer that the builder spent the extra time and took the extra step to accomplish something worth sharing.
What is Wood Finishing?
Wood finishing concerns every step taken to refine and protect your project. This includes everything from gluing and sanding to routing and staining. It’s what really brings out your craftsmanship. Depending on what exactly you are building, finishing can be the most important step. For example, you may want to spend more time fine-sanding and routing a bookshelf or a rocking chair than you would less decorative items such as a ramp or a splint.
Finishing & Refining Methods & Tactics
Sanding the surface to your project is the first step to giving your finished product a truly cared-for look. This step is crucial for removing production imperfections from planers and other machines, imperfections staining actually bring out and accentuates. This is because the darkening stain pools in the divots and gauges, making the stain layer thicker in these particular spots. So sanding is imperative.
Routing your project, especially if it is a piece of furniture or decorative item is monumental to your finishing touch. Router bits of all shapes and sizes truly allow you to customize your project, rounding out edges, seams and flat surfaces.
Picking the right stain for your project is as important picking a color scheme for a room or a floral arrangement. This will leave the first visual impression on the user. Darker colors are more bold, dark and intriguing while lighter colors leave more of a clean and cheery appearance. Deciding what stain to go with depends greatly on the function of the item, so choose wisely.
Building a project from beginning to end imparts a great sense of accomplishment. Assembling and finishing it correctly, however, leaves you with an unparalleled sense of accomplishment and pride you can look back on for years to come.