The Language of Finishing: Part 2
Applying and Polishing
Synopsis: In part two of The Language of Finishing, learn the terms used to describe the process of preparing a surface for finishing, and applying the finish itself. From French polish to natural bristles, from orange peel to witness lines, learn these terms and you’ll not only finish like a pro, you’ll talk like one, too.
In FWW #229, I wrote about the often bewildering terms that woodworkers and finishers use to describe the task of preparing a surface for finishing, and for the finishes they use. As it happens, there are more linguistic land mines when describing how to apply a finish and how to give the surface a final polish. Understanding these terms will make you a better finisher, helping you understand your problems—and the solutions given by experts, too.
Wiping on a finish is a relatively simple process, but it’s not without pitfalls. I wish…