Finishing 2 Faces Made Easy

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When it comes to finishing projects, there can be challenges. Let’s do everything we can to eliminate challenges, and make finishing as simple as possible. Here’s a trick that will help your finishing move along a little faster; finishing both faces of a project in one go.

I have to say that for a lot of years I would put finish on one face of a piece and let it thoroughly dry before flipping it over to finish the other face. I ended up with a job that required putting new finish on almost two dozen table tops. My friend Charlie has a bigger shop than mine, so I took the tables to his place.

When the time came to apply finish, I started following my standard procedure. With finish on one face I was ready to leave for the day. That’s when Charlie yelled at me, “Why not finish the finishing?” Charlie’s standard approach is to finish the back first, carefully flip the parts so the back surface is on finish points, and then finish the front. I don’t know why, but it never occurred to me that I could do this.

Potential downside?

When you flip the parts over and set the back on finish points, you might leave tiny marks in the finish. In many applications this doesn’t matter; the bottom face of table top, the back face of a cabinet back…there are many places you can get away with this. You can take a completely different approach when finishing both sides of a door.

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5 Responses to “Finishing 2 Faces Made Easy”
  1. James Bullard

    You can make your own painter’s points using bottle caps and sheetrock screws. Put the screw through the center of the bottle cap from the bottom so that the head is flush with the edge and the point extends above the top.

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  2. Tim

    I’ll have to watch this video again. Rather than listening to any of it, I spent the whole time wallowing in clamp envy.

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  3. Paul

    You could also attach or plan how a table top would be attached to the rest of the table, then use these screw holes to hold or support the top while the complete project is being finished. I have used the screw holes with screws similar to the final screws to hang a piece from a support while I finish the whole project at one sitting. Or you could use screws in these holes in place of painters triangles.

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