Antique Finish that Holds Nothing Back
Step-by-step instructions for turning your reproduction into a masterpiece
Synopsis: Learn the five classic steps to creating a period patina on your furniture reproduction, as taught by a master: choosing and using dyes, filling open-pored woods, adding depth to the color with a glaze, applying a clear topcoat, and using surface tricks to age a piece. When you are months into a reproduction and want to learn the perfect finish to turn that project into an heirloom, this is the definitive, step-by-step guide.
From Fine Woodworking #220
Building any reproduction involves a great deal of time, effort, and expense, so when the last drawer is fitted you might be tempted to apply the finish as quickly as possible. After all, you’ve put a lot of hours into the piece and you just want it done. You might also be afraid that anything more than the simplest of finishes could ruin all your hard work.
However, just as your cabinetmaking…