I don't think I have one. Each project has different needs. You could use a certain wood for a project in a dry location and use a completely different finish if it were in a wet location.What’s your guys favorite finishing ways. Examples like using weather wash to make wood look old, putting different stains together to make a look, favorite stain and top coats etc., and what you like to put on certain woods.
thanksIf I’m not using an oil, virtually everything I build gets a seal coat of shellac. I rarely stain wood unless it’s to even out the tone or match a decor.
Cherry is my favorite wood, but it can vary in color, I use tinted shellac with alcohol based dyes. It really makes it pop, especially if figured. The last piece I topcoated with ArmRSeal and really like that, too. Its‘s about as bomb proof as oil.
Oil and shellac are made for walnut. I haven’t tried it, but I’ve been impressed at the look a Rubio Mono coat on walnut.
I struggled for a long time with finishing, and I think it’s best to find one or two methods, get good with them, and stick with them.
————— do you have a picture of your finished processI rarely ever stain. I use various woods to give me the color/effect I want. I use Red oak, white oak, curly maple, birdseye maple, padauk, purple heart or whatever for the color.
I always use Pre-catalyzed lacquer whether clear or colored and spray it on.
For a weather look, I will spray a clear coat of Pre-cat Lacquer and let it dry for around an hour. Then I use Zenith Water Base Tinted Powder Glaze. I brush it on the entire surface, let it dry to a powder in around 20 minutes. Then wipe it off (with a synthetic Mirlon pad) just enough leaving the surface with the weathered look you desired. Wait around another 20 or 30 minutes and then top coat with Pre-Cat Lacquer.