Finishing seems to create as many problems at the end of a job as bad preparation of wood creates at the start, writes Ian Kirby. In this article, he makes a few points about finishing: cleaning up, applying a finish, and assembly. He uses a sequence for each particular job, discusses the reasons to finish at all, and talks about choices of finish: varnish and lacquer, wax and shellac, and oil.

From Fine Woodworking #11