The Language of Finishing
From aniline to witness line, grasp the lingo and you'll soon be a fluent finisher
Synopsis: Do you know the difference between chatoyance and figure? Between sanding swirls and pigtails? Read this first installment of a two-part guide to the language of finishing, and learn to talk about finishing like a master. This part covers surface preparation and the range of finishes available.
One reason many woodworkers find finishing difficult may be because the language is so confusing. If your finish is bleeding, does it need time to cure? If it is blushing, should you be distressed (or perhaps you should be fuming)? Do you call the mob if you need a finish rubbed out?
What follows is the first in a two-part guide to the language of finishing. each installment will explain some of the more common but cryptic words and phrases. We’ll start by covering surface preparation and the range of finishes available. In Part 2, we’ll discuss different methods of applying and…