Obviously, finishing a woodworked project is a basic matter, and has
undoubtedly been discussed here and elsewhere ad infinitum. So I'll make
this short and sweet:
I'm about to tackle my first furniture grade project, using red oak. It
will be a simple hutch to sit on my desk. Building it is not a problem,
but I find that in all the books I've collected, there is nothing
substantive about finishes. So I've got some books to buy and study.
I'd like to finish this piece with a somewhat deep glowing reddish brown,
and with a high gloss finish (the kind where one looks down into the wood
grain, which has then taken on a three dimensional effect... like musical
instruments are finished).
So I'd like the following, please:
1) Comments on the appropriateness and difficulty (or ease) of doing this
with red oak.
2) Advise on who are considered to be the top experts in fine woodwork
finishing, and what books they've written.
I've lurked here before, and got the sense that the regulars here are the
kind of guys one might like to get to know!