I have read and agree that woodworking is a three stage process--design, building and finishing.
Although I have more to learn than I already know about the first two. I'm temporarily satisfied with my results. Finishing however seems to be an elusive and moving target. Oil stains, water stains. gel stains, tung oils, polyurethane, polyacrylic, lacquer, varnish and 200 more etc's. This is not even considering the various differences in manufacturers as well as methods of application
One (of many) of the youtube videos I have viewed started with a water spray to minimize the penetration of the following water based stain application. The next step was two different coats of gel stain which was then followed by five coats of sprayed lacquer. Sanding in between all. The finish was very professional, but time, space, equipment and conditions prevent my duplicating that kind of process.
My goal is to arrive at a fairly standard and simple combination of ingredients to suit most indoor furniture applications with as close to a professional finish as possible.
Many of you may have gone through this process already and I am reaching out to your experience and look forward to your help.
Thanks and be well,
I am faced with the same problem and I suspect that there are many other members of this forum that are in the same boat. Right now I have no suggestions that will rememdy the problem, but I am pretty sure that woodworkers that do there work as a commercial interprise do not spend hours and hours with the finishing process. Time being money would dictate, or so it seems to me, that having a quick as well a satisfactory finish on their projects is a must for the sake of profit.
Years ago I had a custom rifle built by a well know gunsmith. The finish on the wood was excellent and when I asked him about how much time it took him to do the finish work, he just sort of laughted and told me that he could not afford to spend much time on fiinsh work for the reason mentioned above. He told me what his procedure was, it was simple and it worked well for him. I won't repeat the process here as I have done so earlier on this forum but it underscores what I have said earlier in this post about time.
I'm a little embarrassed to say what I am doing right now. I explained it once and was quickly tagged as a very very ignorant novice on the subject which I readily admit to, but for now what I am doing works for me and as time goes by I will learn more, but I can not wait until I am an accomplished finisher before completing my projects. I like you Marvin, hope that you get some advise on your question, I, and others, will certainly be watching for the posts that will follow on the subject.