Share your finishing disasters for a chance to win a finishing DVD
Here’s the winner: It was hard to pick a winner. In the ends, there was one that really stuck out. The story of pre-conditioner gone bad. I really feel for ddisch0957. So many attempts, and he is still have a rough go of it! I gave that stuff a try a few times. It is just plain bad. If you every consider, don’t use it. Use a seal-coat of shellac instead. You’ll get much better results.
For many woodworkers, applying a finish is their least favorite part of furniture making. And I know why. Like them, I’ve seen beautiful work become less than satisfying because I’m not so good at finishing. Back when I thought all wood was supposed to be stained, I made a garden tote for my wife from some nice clear pine and then stained it some unholy color. If only I’d left it unstained, it would be a beautiful color after all these years. My finishing has improved vastly since I’ve been at Fine Woodworking, primarily because I’ve learned the joy and beauty of shellac. And that’s pretty much all I use now. No stains, no oils, no poly. Wood is beautiful, so why hide it? At any rate, I’m sure some of you have finishing horror stories. Share them in the comments below. I’ll pick the most dreadful one and reward the poor soul with a DVD by Fine Woodworking contributor Hendrik Varju: “Hand Finishing and Rubbing Out.” It’s contains almost 10 hours of instruction on everything from methods for applying a finish, the different types of finish available, and how to apply a wide variety of them. There also is a bonus DVD (8 hours) that shows you second by second just how a finish dries! (I’m kidding about the bonus DVD. Not even the most fantatical woodworker wants to watch finish dry in real time.)
A few rules: Keep it civil. I’ll pick and post the winner on See update below.
UPDATE: I’ve decided to extend the contest into the new year to give more folks a chance to enter. New deadline: January 7, 2011. Also, I’ll contact the winner to discuss delivery of the DVD.