What Finish Should I Use? | Woodworking Beginner Tips

What Finish Should I Use? | Woodworking Beginner Tips

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In this video I’m going over wood finish. This is by no means a complete comprehensive look at wood finishing…and instead something more like the 80/20 rule. Where you get a small amount of information (20%) and that is good enough for getting you through most situations (80%). To be more specific though, this video covers surface finishes vs penetrating finishes, how to prep your wood for them, how to apply them, and how I decide when to use a surface wood finish vs a penetrating oil wood finish. Not everything, but enough to get most woodworkers through most situations and projects.

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  1. John Wickham on April 1, 2022 at 6:27 pm


  2. jose franco on April 1, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    You only need to sand up to 180, if you sand up to 220 grit your stains will be way lighter. If you stop at 180 your stain will be darker and even darker at 150, but 150 show the sand marks and scratches if not careful. I work at a state of the art shop in California and do all the finishing for all google, Facebook and all Bay Area big company’s.

  3. David Acosta on April 1, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    What brand of poly do you like to spray hvlp?

  4. Aaron Drossart on April 1, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    My favorite option for walnut (going on my glenn chair when I’m done) – danish oil with a satin lacquer 🙂

  5. HM MOB on April 1, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    16:21 Now that is really beautiful. The design, the colors. Wow.

  6. Carmen Ponce De Leon on April 1, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    “You wouldn’t push the lawnmower in a dead sprint all over the place” 😂

  7. unicoforte on April 1, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    Do you have a plan for the pikler triangle in this video?

  8. Sinfulxhope on April 1, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    If I need to waterproof it then I waterproof it, if not, oil.

  9. Ismail Academy on April 1, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you Chris for this beautiful teaching

  10. Paul Orlando on April 1, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    I love sanding.

  11. Scott Mobley on April 1, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Thank you for this. I think I’ll end up putting this video in my “Reference” file for future referral. One thing for you to think about though: it may be harder for you than you think to refinish that table once your kids are older. There are marks all around my house and on our furniture from the boys’ hijinx growing up, and I love to look at those occasionally now that my boys are off in the world. I’d fight someone who wanted to remove them!

  12. Quetzal on April 1, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Thank you so much, I really needed this video

  13. coty warwick on April 1, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Can you put poly over oil? To get the dark from the oil but toughness from the poly?

  14. Dine Bonte on April 1, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    I think you have a heart shaped face.

  15. ID on April 1, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Can you use it on oil stained wood?

  16. Bill Craig on April 1, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    I tried to order Maker Brand Simple Finish and it’s sold out. Will there be more available?

  17. Scott Cummins on April 1, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    It looks like you’re using an hvlp turbine to spray finish. Can you share which system it is and what you think of it?

  18. fath al-quran on April 1, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    hey chris, what is the actual name of the color that your pieces have? is it similar to cognac e.g.

  19. jollyraider on April 1, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    This is the best video on simple finishing for newbies that I’ve seen, and I watched a lot of them. So helpful.

  20. Cedar and Sound Studios on April 1, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    If you haven’t tried Vesting’s LED Hardwax Oil, you should try it out, much much more tolerable for furniture than anything I’ve ever used for normal wipe-on options.

  21. SheepHater5993UY on April 1, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Foureyes Lol I was actually going to use the analogy of mowing the lawn and there you go, mowing 🙂 Oooh I love the idea of pencil marks during sanding! I need visual cues, this is perfect. Surface prep is everything, no matter what the project is. Getting new glasses during downtime LOL You have a great sense of humor. Oh wow 16:20 🙂 Your pieces are all so beautiful, excellent work. Great vid! – Tanya

  22. Daniel on April 1, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    So in the end, are you saying that you wish you would have gone oil finish so that you could easily keep your table looking fresh?

  23. David Wright on April 1, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Any word on Simple Finish availability?

  24. The CrystaLac Store on April 1, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Hey! We could make this so much easier for you. Reach out to us and I would love to help. My name is Kelsey and our number is 423-727-6425. Our products are called CrystaLac and we have been making specialty coatings over 50 years!

  25. Random Name on April 1, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Simple finish is always sold out.

  26. Jeff Wyssenbach on April 1, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Chris how would you compare simple finish to a spray-on lacquer? Those are the two I’m thinking of using but I don’t want to invest in a sprayer if I’m just going to use simple finish

  27. Gergely Darmos on April 1, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    I talked with a guy, who’s selling several types of oils for a living, he discouraged me from sanding above 180 grit BEFORE applying the first coat of oil, because you are limiting the ability of the wood to absorb the oil. after the 1st coat has dried, it’s OK to sand it down to 240-280 lightly

  28. henryarthur on April 1, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Any updates on Simple Finish restock?

  29. Cynical Cake on April 1, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    How about mixing? Can there be oil to stand the colour out, dry and sand and then poly on top to secure it more? Would that work?

  30. Matt Harbin on April 1, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Thank you for actually demonstrating the light sanding between finish coats. I feel that’s a step that is breezed over by most woodworkers, and has been a frustration for me as I enter woodworking.

  31. Alex C. on April 1, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Fake grass? Dislike

  32. RONNY FEN on April 1, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    when applying polyurethane why you don’t seal the wood?

  33. Buckie Fairweather on April 1, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Great stuff!

  34. Colin Canty on April 1, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    I can only imagine what your neighbors were thinking if they saw you outside running around with the toy lawnmower. Great demonstration though.

  35. Abubaker Ali on April 1, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    A beginners questions here, is it possible to mix both finishes ? I like the colors of the oil and durability of the poly , would something like epoxy on top of the oil finish work ? Feel free to elaborate on alternative as I said I am just starting all advice is useful and I am all ears.

  36. bocty1 on April 1, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Highly informative, gonna have to watch it a couple more times

  37. FyrFytr998 on April 1, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    If using the oil on a piece of furniture that might come into contact with clothing. How long after application before it be safe to sit on?

  38. Olivier Fleurence on April 1, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    How do you get to the white finish on the console at 13:41 (with the coke can)? Is it lacquer or do you use some laminate?

  39. Jonny Pearce on April 1, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    This is a brilliant summary thanks Chris.
    You really do cut through it in a way only a great teacher can.
    Thanks for sharing.

  40. Jose V on April 1, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Great video! 12:24 What type of plywood do you use for the light and medium tone? Beech also? Is there Beech plywood?

  41. Gombockie on April 1, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Im wondering how every wood worker and contractor is skinny.

  42. Chris Waldron on April 1, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Simplest finish, is the one you can make yourself using Maloof’s tried and trued finish – 1/3 boiled linseed oil, 1/3 polyurethane and 1/3 Tung oil. And like the movie, wax on wax off. Go 5 to 6 coats with 24 hours between each coat for a flawless finish that’s dead simple. And you don’t need to sand between coats, just give each coat 15 mins or so to start to go tacky and wipe off with the grain and you don’t need to sand between coats.

  43. John Vanderbeck on April 1, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Not sure if you will see this Q but.. what about for outdoor finishes? Like outdoor furniture? And more specifically techniques for properly sealing around joints and screw holes, etc? I’m an amateur and use a lot of pocket holes for example, and not sure how to best seal this type of construction.

  44. FirstOnesArt on April 1, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Im just starting to get into serious furniture making after decades of amateur woodworking/DIY. I made a few pieces using Old Masters Tung Oil Varnish and it’s decent. I was going to try Arm R Seal but that’s basically just high quality wiping varnish. Then I heard of hard wax oils like Rubio Monocoat and was going to bite that expensive bullet because I like the natural penetrating oil side of things rather than encasing things in plastic with varnishes. I’ve been a long time fan of FourEyes and it seems like Simple Finish is in the realm of hard wax oils, more affordable than Rubio, and supports people I already like. So I’m off to order a can to use on my Salomone inspired desk build made of hickory with a heartwood streak down the middle of the top, kinda like a river table.

  45. 9.A.Muh.Fadlan on April 1, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    the thumbnail: da homie chris offers u da polyurethane, do u accept?

  46. Dustin Emory on April 1, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Do you , or will you, have a video covering that indoor play structure you’re building in this video? Been contemplating making one myself.

  47. Fernando A. Torres on April 1, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    It’s possible to apply poly over wood finished with oil finish?

  48. Realtough-0q3 on April 1, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Wow. The size of your plywood there is like exact 1 inch. while here in the Philippines is its less than 3/4 of an inch.

  49. Daniele Bruni on April 1, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Hi, I just want to say 2 things: I really admire you and your works and when I make a table I usually finish the top with parquet water paint becouse if it’s ok for the feet, it’s ok for the hands.
    Thank you for what I’ve learned seeing your videos.
    Cheers from Florence

  50. Joshua Vega on April 1, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Automatic lawn mowers go randomly and seem to do pretty well, but they’re going daily, and they’re not sanding wood.