August 16, 2012
A Delicate Finish
Author: Fine Ideas Furniture
Sometimes you need a tough finish and sometimes you don’t. In the case of a dining table I prefer to use a finish that will endure most of the punishment that normal dinners dish out. And yes the pun was intended. I use conversion varnish, which in short, is a post catalyzed film finish that is about as tough as you can get. Little Bobby however, could still damage it with a fork tine.
Sometimes I want a delicate finish which for me is a concoction of tung oil, varnish and wax. This is more of a subsurface finish. Why would I want that you may ask? Because I’m a tactile kind of person and when I look at and then touch a nice piece of wood I want to see, touch and feel the wood and not a plastic film. The down side is it needs a coaster under your drink and a wax from time to time. Delicate requires a bit more maintenance but is well worth it for the beauty and feel factor.
I remember once when doing some operation (other than stocking brick and mortar) with my dad that required a higher level of feel and touch, I was wearing work gloves. My dad said to me ever so gently NOT! “Do you wear your gloves when you hold hands with your girl friend and does she?” “No” I said. His point was and still is, sometimes you need the protection of a glove (or film) but sometimes you don’t and shouldn’t.