All you need is a handful of pure soap flakes and 1 2 cup of hot water. My wipe on finish kit consists of a jar lid a rag and a used squeezable mustard bottle.
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Fine woodworking soap finish. Most of that labor went by the wayside with the advent of portable power sanders. Finishing page 8 of 48. 2020 issue of fine woodworking.
To help drive home the concepts in his article how to weave a seat with danish cord in the sept oct. A traditional finish on danish furniture soap has a low sheen in the grain quality that enhances the natural look of wood. It seems completely counterintuitive but to make a finish really shine you have to start by sanding it dull photo 2.
Use special care in these areas to avoid sanding through photo 3. David johnson learned the value of working with his hands early in life. From joinery to parts shaping soap finish to seat weaving david johnson builds a danish inspired stool from start to finish in a five part series.
Small step stool may 11 2020. I usually mix my own wiping varnish so i marked. Pure soap flakes produce a beautiful finish.
Using soap flakes david johnson creates a thin low sheen finish that enhances the grain of the ash without adding color. Sanding removes dust nibs and brush marks and leaves the finish smooth and flat. It s also very easy to use.
Portable belt sanders orbital and random orbit pad sanders and oscillating detail sanders eliminated most of a woodworker s hand. This bright light finish is ideal for lighter toned woods like white oak ash maple and beech. Secrets for sanding part 3.
Easy wipe on finish kit. I hate it that so many people are now washing their furniture with soap and water but i stand in awe of the marketing that led them to think they should. Johnson graduated from the college of the redwoods fine woodworking program now the krenov school in 1997 studying under.
Small step stool built of walnut this elegant step stool offers beginner woodworkers some great lessons in joinery that can be easily incorporated into larger projects as their. Soap as a finish. Murphy s oil soap was transformed from a natural soap to a furniture care product sold in the furniture care section of supermarkets rather than in the soap section.
From joinery to parts shaping soap finish to seat weaving david johnson builds a danish inspired stool from start to finish in a five part series. His father was a chevy mechanic and farming was his hobby so young david spent his early years climbing walnut trees and building forts and chicken coops with his father in rural tulare calif. At one time creating a fine woodworking project always included many hours of hand sanding to smooth the surfaces to a point where stains and topcoat finishes could be applied.
Finish tends to be thinner at tabletop edges.