February 26, 2015 by Scott - Saws on Skates
Hey friends! Have you had it with fussy finishes? Then I have the finish for you! It’s easy to apply and it looks great every time! Today I’m sharing the wood finish I use on nearly every furniture project I build… Bob’s DIY Miracle Finish for Wood!
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I’m impatient when it comes to applying a finish to my furniture projects. I don’t like fussy finishes like polyurethane. “Don’t brush it too much.” “Don’t create bubbles because because they’ll get trapped in the finish.” “Don’t let dust fall on it while it’s drying.” “Sand and reapply.” Blah, blah, blah – that sounds like work and I want to start using my new piece of furniture right away! Plus, polyurethane always looks like plastic to me.
A few years ago while taking a woodworking class, the instructor (Bob) shared with the class the finish he uses on his projects. The finish was simple, easy and nearly fool proof. I swear I heard angels signing! I’ve used this finish ever since. There is probably a technical name for it, but I’ve always called it Bob’s DIY Miracle Finish for Wood. It’s really easy to make. Here’s the recipe:
Bob’s Miracle DIY Finish for Wood
Mix them together (I like to use a mason jar).
Apply the finish using gloves and a rag. Let it penetrate for a few minutes and remove excess with a clean rag. Allow to dry 24 hours before reapplying. I usually do three applications. The end result is a satin finish (despite the gloss varnish) that resembles an old school hand rub finish without the need to worry about brush strokes or sanding in between applications. It truly is a miracle.
Try it and let me know what you think of it.
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