Norm built an oval table from cherry last month and the finishing is where I
He started with a mix of 3 parts cherry to 1 part walnut oil stain.
Next, he used shellac to seal.
Next, he used ???????????? (gel stain or glaze or ??? what the heck is
Then top coat with 3 coats of wipe on poly..
It's the third step that I can't remember.. Specifically this third step
would get rid of any blotchiness on the cherry.
His web site doesn't go into much detail either. I think it's what's called
French finishing but am probably mistaking.
I've done steps one and two and am stuck..
Any help would be greatly appreciated so I can finish this darn thing once
and for all..
None of this sounds like a French polish finish.
Glazing is both a technique and a product. The practice of glazing is applying
color between coats of finish. The product is a rather thick form of stain
similar in consistancy to a gel stain.
As to the blotchiness, that is taken care of best by doing the shellac sealing
step first. It will give you greater control over the stain/glaze allowing you
to gradually work up to the desired amount of color or wipe off any excess.
As with any finishing schedule, experiment on scrap first and take it completely
through all the steps. Nothing wrong with sanding off and starting over with
better understanding, most of the rest of us have trashed a finish at one time
Now if you ever want to do a french polish finish do a search on the net there
are many writeups. It's really a fun technique to learn and the results are
amazingly beautiful. I keep at least two fresh polishing pads in tupperware
containers charged with various colors of shellac and use them all the time for
all sorts of small tasks, especially repairs.
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