When it comes to finishing, I’m first to admit I can be a bit chicken. I do work hard at finishing, but I generally stick with what I know. And I avoid wetsanding the finish at all costs. I tried several times to get wetsanding right, but I always had problems getting a consistent sheen on the entire project without cutting through the topcoat.
But I really want that nice smooth and tactile feel you get with quality finishing work. My workarounds to get that are pretty involved. And that’s why I decided it was time to buck up and get a wee bit brave this weekend as I finished the prototype project for Issue 5, a Shaker cabinet reproduction.
About five years ago, John Wilson gave me one of his tips that he uses for getting a nice finish on his Shaker boxes: rubbing them with a brown paper bag. I never tried it myself, but I filed away the idea.