What Kind of Finish Should You Use? | WOOD FINISHING BASICS

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  1. Tim Safin disse:

    Whoa! I sit in my room watching this video and feel smell of paint!

  2. buusama disse:

    I need some help!!!
    I want to remove the terribly done linseed oil finish from a wooden door, which is still sticky even after 15 years… Can I use denatured alcohol? How should I get rid of it? X)

  3. Tommy Cohen disse:

    Hey! What's your recommendation for a workbench finishing?

  4. mpadierna disse:

    Hi Steve, have you tried Minwax's PolyShades?

  5. Para os Brasileiros assistindo, Mineral spirits significa "AGUARRÁS". Abraços

  6. David Davis disse:

    I notice on types of finish and the wood choice. Cedar and Cypress for example do not work well with many finishes.

  7. What's the best finish for wooden hand tool handles?

  8. Bob Pietrs disse:

    What do you recommend for renovating kitchen cabinets that have an existing wood finish?

  9. For your Danish oil or teak oil have you tried putting a wax over the top? It's expensive to do both, but it is a lot more durable than just the oil alone. Also, I think that linseed oil takes a very long time to dry because of the resins used. I could be wrong about the American version but that's what it is like here in New Zealand. And another good finish to use would be moisture cure polyurethane. That stuff is fantastic. Like applying 50 coats of polyurethane, it goes off by the content of moisture in the atmosphere so you have to use it within 24 hrs.

  10. J. B.J. disse:

    Oil based polyurethane thinned 10% – 15% with mineral spirits. Apply thin coats, first coat apply, wait 12 – 24 hours, sand with the grain w/400 grit, apply 2nd coat, allow to dry, sand against the grain w/400, apply 3rd coat, allow to dry, sand with the grain w/400, SPRAY on 4th and final coat, sand very lightly against the grain w/800, then with the grain w/1200 – 2000 grit. Break out the Turtle Wax – Super shell automotive wax, apply, let dry ~15 min. buff to high mirror shine.

    You only have to retouch this finish every few years, it's hands down the best way to finish and protect your wood.

  11. Thank you, I'm getting ready to do my very first "carpentry work", I'm going to do a porch door out of teak. What finish do you recommend for teak, We grow our own teak, but I noticed compared to Vietnamese teak is a bit whiter, some pieces have a golden color to it, but mostly is light. I would like a classic finish, any recommendation?
    Thank you
    Semper Fi

  12. Adam Jackson disse:

    thanks a lot for this video, it was really helpful.

  13. What finish would you recommend on clear ceder? Great video btw

  14. Great informative video… Thanks for taking the time to make it and share. Keep up the good work!

  15. Se Gi disse:

    who are the assholes who gave thumbs down to this amazing video?!

  16. D Raphael disse:

    Brilliant video, I really appreciate the information.

  17. Thank You from a guy who just wanted to sand the top of an Old Meeting House Maple chest of drawers and wound up with the chest of drawers in 17 pieces.

    The piece is solid maple and I've orbital sanded everything starting at 60 (to remove old finish, dents, cup rings, etc) then going to 120 and finishing with 220.

    Now what do I do? I'm afraid to stain it. If I could just get a wet version of the wood, that would be plenty dark?

    I prefer the oil look but want the protection of poly, though I don't like poly. If poly, should I use glossy or semi-glossy?

    Finally, I haven't seen anyone wet-sand their pieces to raise the grain and sand that that would rise to the occasion, off? I recall using this method 30 years ago, when I finished my last wood working project; a rifle stock.

    Wow, this maple is beautiful after 220! Help!

    Oh, loved your video and delivery.

  18. Martin Davis disse:

    what sandpaper do you use between oil finishes and do you sand your last coat?

  19. Bob Scruggs disse:

    Great video I like the wood storage bend in the background.

  20. I want to restore my Piano and give it a good finish. Great video!
    However it's probably not a good idea to sand my Piano. Any advice?

  21. Alex Field disse:

    Someone help me out here, in England I can only find lacquer or varnish – no poly. Is one of those just a different name for it? Also I've heard about yellowing, which ones do/don't and how can you tell?

  22. Laura Carr disse:

    Steve Ramsey, I've watched the whole video, and I'm definitely a Newby.. I like the natural look. So with the Tung oil or linseed do they come is different colours? Or can I stain it first then finish is with the oils? Anybody that can help is welcome.. I'm not sure what kind of wood the side table is but I do not like red in the colour,, I def like a natural walnut colour… How do I achieve this?? I don't want to lacquer it after either.. I don't like the shiny look for this project… HELP! ANYONE!

  23. Great video! Thanks for such detailed info.

  24. cant belive ur logo is made of spraypaint… and not woood

  25. Arul disse:

    Can we use spray lacquer for teak windows ( exterior side )

  26. Joyanta Rajib disse:

    Hello Sir! Great video. You present in wonderful way. But I have questions. I am looking for a non toxic,,water resistant finish for making wooden flute. Can you suggest a finish fit for this purpose?

  27. i dont do a whole lot of wood finishing projects… but in my limited experience ive found gasoline works just fine for cleaning your brushes… its worth noting that if you apply your finish using a foam brush it leaves a mirror finish with no need for sanding….

  28. hey this is very helpful i wish i've seen this before I took my board exams last year anyway love the way how you discussed the properties of each finishing material! will surely save this video and watch it all over again! 🙂

  29. klenoth disse:

    Im not Finish, Im Norwegian. But hey loking at this stains my eyes. The products in use are nowhere to be fount in Europe. But you're a US guy making stuff with an intro to some gripper thing that does not exist "offline" here in my country. BTW Your videos are nice thou.

  30. WillDogJones1 disse:

    would you put a coat of poly on a lacquer?

  31. Mike Lewton disse:

    Do you have a video or instructions on how to make that table around 8:25. I'm interested in starting a hobby in woodworking and think that table would be awesome in my living room. Thanks.

  32. eireannsg disse:

    Dear Gordon, any good recipe for potato salad?

  33. Ronald Thomas disse:

    maybe it's your editing, but you talk way to fast!

  34. Terry Reiners disse:

    Hello Steve, I just found your channel and subscribed. I'm brand new to wood working and think your videos are outstanding. Keep up the great videos.

  35. elan really disse:

    You don't mention what types of lacquers there are and do you have a video on how to stain poplar. Thank You.

  36. Honey Pie disse:

    i wonder if tung oil is a food-safe finish? any recommendations?

  37. Rob Harman disse:

    Great video Steve – Thanks matey 🙂

  38. Robert Nun'ya disse:

    That was an excellent video Steve. I have been finishing my jewelry boxes with Danish oil and then poly and gotten great results but didn't know if that was the way things were supposed to be done. This video vindicates my basic understanding of good, clean, natural looking finishes. Thanks

  39. mario urbina disse:

    what is the best finish for a table that need to be use every day?or any type of furniture?

  40. hey steve I've only ever worked on a few projects where i actually felt the need to finish. The first was a gaming table for my brother which has a sunk in center where he plays the games and a raised edge around the outside (about 6" thick) that has cup holders and some trays in it, almost like a poker table, anyways the outer raised edge sees a lot of hands and a lot of forearm. we used a stain and then multiple coat of polyurethane(if i remember correctly we used 5) the finish has almost started to break down and wear from the oils it seems, i just wonder if there isn't a better way to finish this project. he wanted a semi-gloss on it so that is what we used. The other project I did was a couple of floating night stands which turned out really nice. I used paint then just a aerosol varathane(not sure if this is a lacquer or a poly) i am very happy with the finish on that project. So my question through all of this is…

    He wants another table built possibly this summer (different dimensions and he wants to use a harder wood for the table top) just wondering which finish we should use, not sure if he wants to go with a semi-gloss again or not, but he for sure wants something that is going to be able to take a beating (not literally going to be beating it but this table sees a ton of use) also which category does this varathane diamond coat fall under.

    sorry for the really long winded question. thank in advance for any answers you can provide

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  42. Ian Kelley disse:

    we are creating CO2 cars for school and im unsure of the wood, though its pretty cheap and light (in weight and color). I think its basswood but im unsure. If i wanted to get a nice dark glossy finish on it, what would i use and how would i go about doing that?

  43. How do you lighten a too dark stain that has been applied to wood

  44. chevy vega disse:

    except that rattle can stuff cannot stand up to a finger nail

  45. Rix Cano disse:

    this is video​ is full of information, deserve a thumbs up

  46. Is this optimal for Teakwood? I want it to be clear and shiny… maybe an opoxy? but I'm not too knowledgeable… I will attempt to make a cribbage board out of teakwood… thank you sir from Thailand!

  47. Thank you Steve, I really love your videos.. and you have been a guru to me.. as i learnt wood working all from youtube and most of them are your videos.. recently i have started working with scrollsaw and having been using lacquer to finish my work.. one problem that I see is that the lacqur is tick and makes a thick layer which I don't want.. I don't know if I should add any spirit or thinner with it ? below is the link of some of my wood works.. which looks great before they are polished with licquer but when i use lacquer, they become ugly..

    I appreciate your kind advice on this..