Finish Application Tips

Sign in
Duration: 8:01

Finishing can be one of the most stressful or satisfying parts of the woodworking process. After spending so much time and energy on a piece, there’s nothing worse than something going wrong in this important final stage. In this video, master woodworker George Vondriska provides tips on how to expertly apply finish to your woodworking projects and ensure rewarding, quality results.

  • (will not be published)

14 Responses to “Finish Application Tips”

  1. glass_man

    Hi George, the one issue/question I have with the “track” veraspin as opposed to the model shown on the site below that have “pins” for placing the triangles. The issue I’m curious about is what are the effects of overspray on those tracks. I can easily see how drips and overspray could glob up over time making moving the triangles very difficult to impossible.

    Can you comment on your experience with this issue?

    • George Vondriska

      You’re right, some amount of overspray gets on the tracks, but so far it hasn’t had any affect of limiting the movement of the pyramids.

  2. WoodMom

    there were so many unanswered questions for me. Did you use the shellac under the varnish on the big cabinet? what did you use over the shellac on the table? Did using the shellac raise the grain at all?
    For me the question I have is using an oil based varnish over a water-based stain. I have used that over a milk-paint for outdoor items and had no problem but others say it won’t work.
    I did appreciate the brush technique you demonstrated.

    • George Vondriska

      No, there wasn’t any shellac under the varnish on the cabinet.

      Shellac typically doesn’t raise grain. It was the final finish on the table.

      Oil based varnish can be used over water based stain, but there must be ample drying time between the two. Your best bet is to contact the manufacturer of your varnish and check with them on the recommended drying time.

      • WoodMom

        Thank you for taking the time to answer…I love your videos and appreciate all you have taught me.
        Regards and Happy Easter.
        Courtney Cox

      • Jim Arnold

        Thanks to Bill and Jim, have found several sites now that have them but the Verispin design appears to be the best.

    • David Sandlin

      I made one out of left over MDF (24×24″). Gridded out some 1″x1″ squares across the board then drilled holes in the MDF. Next rounded the points on some 1-1/2″ roofing nails and pressed the nails through the predrilled holes. Mounted the whole assembly on a lazy-susan ring that I got at the local big box store. Whole project for less than $10 since it was mostly scrap and leftovers.

Get exclusive premium content! Sign up for a membership now!