Easy Three-Part Furniture Finish
Learn how to apply an easy three-part clear finish to your furniture
Greg Paolini often finds some of his best woodworking students are driven to sheer frustration when it comes to finishing their pieces. That’s why he came up with his fool-proof 3-2-1 finishing technique, and easy three-part clear finish that goes on quick and provides excellent protection for your furniture. Here’s the recipe:3 parts: paint thinner or mineral spirits2 parts: oil based polyurethane1 part: oil (boiled linseed oil) When it comes to applying this clear finish, it couldn’t be easier. Just saturate the wood with finish and sand the mixture into the grain using some fine-grit sandpaper. As the dust is sanded in, it actually fills the grain, allowing for a super-smooth finish. After that, it’s just a matter of thoroughly wiping off the excess finish, allowing it to dry, and repeating the process.