A highly polished, durable finish can be achieved with a brush
If youve never tried a rubbed and polished finish because you feared the hours of work required or experience needed, youll be surprised at how easy David Sorg shows it to be. There are a lot of steps, but according to Sorg, theyre fast and dont require talent. He explains the differences among brittle and rubbery products and which varnishes to use. Sorg tells you when to sand and how to apply each coat of varnish, showing cross-sections of the wood and build-up to help you understand why and how his steps help.
From Fine Woodworking #168
To bring out the full color, depth, and figure in wood, a finish must be as clear and level as possible. Traditionally, this has been achieved in one of two ways: either by the slow build of French polishing or by the much easier and faster brushing, sanding, rubbing, and polishing of a…