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Finishing after hand planing

  • 10 Dec 2022 12:23 PM
    Reply # 13021058 on 13016995
    Ken R Hall (Administrator)

    Ryan -

    It also depends on the finish. A hard finish, like a varnish, can be polished,  sanded, or steel wooled. It all depends on how much sheen you want. 

    An oil finish can be rubbed out with a soft cloth after several weeks of drying for a shine. The final sheen of an oil finish is directly related to the condition of the surface prior to application of the finish.

  • 08 Dec 2022 6:39 AM
    Reply # 13018203 on 13016995
    Charles Meyer (Administrator)

    Ryan, I can tell you what Garrett Hack told us in a class he taught at the shop.  He says get your card scraper really clean and sharp and then pull it across the surface relatively lightly.  We were working with a shellac finish and I found that it worked for me.  Just looked over at the table in my living room and smiled.  Charlie

  • 07 Dec 2022 9:13 AM
    Message # 13016995

    Hi friends,

    I love how smooth I can get a workpiece by using a hand plane. So much more satisfying than sanding for hours when I have a choice as to which way I can go. 

    My question to you is this: How does one get back to that glass-smooth feel after applying a finish? I think all finishes raise the grain in wood, so what comes next? Do you hand tool experts grab a fine grit paper, steel wool, go for the hand plane again, or something else entirely?

    I'd love to know your experiences before I get myself into a corner on my current project. Thank you!

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