Going to a professional finisher
As the editor for most of the finishing articles in Fine Woodworking over the last decade, I’ve often had to come up with pieces of furniture for our finishing authors to demonstrate their skills on. For the last month or so Peter Gedrys has been working on a Federal-sytle desk that I made and working closely with him made me wonder if many of our readers have had their furniture finished by a pro. Finishing is probably the step that woodworkers feel most nervous about. Its skills are totally different from the design and construction of a piece, so why not contract out that step in the process?
What has been your experience working with a finisher? How did you find this person and how did you evaluate their skills? Did you have difficulty describing how you wanted the finished piece to look? What kind of piece did you have finished and how involved was the finish? What did you think of the price?
From a professional’s view point, how easy is it to work with amateur woodworkers? How could they make the process go better? More samples to work on? Better surface prep etc?
Share your stories with me and your fellow readers. Feel free to send me photos of pieces finished by a pro: email@example.com.
Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.