One Editor’s Foolproof Finish
Beautifies, protects, wipes on, dries quickly, enough said
Synopsis: This medium-luster, in-the-wood finish never fails to give good results. You first seal the wood with shellac, then apply three or more coats of gel varnish, and complete the finish with a coat of paste wax. Mark Schofield takes you through the steps that will give you a finish that protects and beautifies without fuss.
When I joined Fine Woodworking in the summer of 2000, I was made responsible for the finishing articles. The editor made it seem like an honor, but in truth I don’t think any of my colleagues wanted the job. Like most woodworkers, they’d rather cut wood than finish it. But today, after hundreds of hours watching finishing experts such as Peter Gedrys, Jeff Jewitt, Teri Masaschi, and Chris Minick work their magic, I have a confession to make. I like finishing.
I haven’t completely bought in, however. While I’ll attempt a perfect French…