What Kind of Finish Should You Use? | WOOD FINISHING BASICS

What Kind of Finish Should You Use? | WOOD FINISHING BASICS

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Don’t be intimidated! Wood finishing is simple and easy. This video will get you started with the basics.

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  1. Stephen Hayes on February 9, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    This was a great video until it got to the Casper ad. Then it was incredible.

  2. Rizwan Ashraf on February 9, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    Dear Steve
    How to water proof washroom wooden doors?

  3. Andrew Yeh on February 9, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    You’re like the Bill Nye of woodworking, thank you for all this detailed, easy to digest info as it has severely improved my analysis paralysis hahaha keep it up!

  4. Lily Becerra on February 9, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Great vodeo! Happy to have found you!

  5. Ancient Martian Underground on February 9, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    9:55…soaking a brush in lacquer thinner and placing in a plastic bag sounds extremely frightening. Beyond melting and creating plastic residue on brush, what about spontaneous combustion?
    Love you tips but please be careful

  6. qtqtqtqt_ raht on February 9, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    Great video Steve…subscribed. Can Kamar Varnish be used over Boiled Linseed Oil? I created a painting on wood that uses Acrylic paints and conditioned the wood around the painting with Linseed Oil – I want to put a protective layer over the the acrylic painting.

  7. Roddy Dykes on February 9, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Wanna know why this generation prefers wood grain over paint so much?

    Psychedelic drugs. Doesn’t matter if it’s psilocybin, lsd, mescaline, mdma, whatever, all it takes is one trip around wood and you’re forever in love with the natural living beauty of it.

  8. Lin Sil on February 9, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    He uses Tung oil finish that has no tung oil in it at all : )

  9. soban1981 on February 9, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    What mineral spirits should I buy? I live in the UK and can’t find anything

  10. Zahir Mamdani on February 9, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    Good videos but please remove background music, it adds nothing to the info but it’s very distracting

  11. pksparrow on February 9, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    Hi steve can we apply varnish or any other kind of layered finishes on top of oil finishes after completely dry?

  12. Joe S on February 9, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    I just made a complete mess , used a paint brush it was like painting on syrup , nothing is even and I can’t wipe it off

  13. Lam Le on February 9, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you very much for the helpful instructions!
    I have a.. very beginner question though. I have so far collected the unused woods/planks. I’m planning to make simple wooden boxes out of them. Meaning, I will need to cut them to desired lengths.
    Should I complete the boxes first and then start painting the finish coats. Or should I paint the finish coats on the ‘raw’ planks, and then nail the planks together to the box?

    Thank you, and sorry for this silly beginner question.

  14. Kelly William on February 9, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    That advert just made me realize the WW MM spraypoint isnt a Wario/Mario thing

  15. Ecurbsemaj on February 9, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    You have a lot of great information here, however the most important part is "use a quality applicator". I see so many people spend top dollar on a finish, only to buy a low end tool, then complain the finishing product was inferior. The tools you use directly affect the quality of the results.

  16. corey smith on February 9, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    You are awesome! I’ve always been interested in woodworking and I just recently bought a book to help me get started. I decided it’s time to finally explore the interests I’ve always carried with me without making excuses as to why I can’t. I stumbled across your channel and I’m about 5 videos in. I really appreciate the time and effort you put into helping beginners learn how to get started. Thank you! I subscribed immediately.

  17. chris rhodes on February 9, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    You and your videos are really crucial for what I am trying to do. Thank you so much, seriously…thanks man.

  18. Clete Reinberger on February 9, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    I love this channel😂

  19. Onager9933 on February 9, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    Steve! I just received an old bookcase that was built by my great-grandfather. It is solid wood and looks like it may be pine. It’s over 100 years old and has never been cared for or restored; all original finish and everything though it is mostly gone at this point and the 10′ long 1-piece shelves are sagging a lot.

    I want to restore this family piece. I think I can keep a humidifier close by for a while and brace the shelves to bring them back to flat over time. I just don’t know what kind of finish would be best though… Is there a good way to test on the wood itself without needing to commit to staining the whole piece?

  20. Kun Xu on February 9, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    really helpful

  21. Greenpea on February 9, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    After you sand the first layer of Poly what is on your rag that you wipe it off with before adding the next coat? Is that mineral spirits as well?

  22. Kyle Fraser on February 9, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    What should I use for my coffee and end tables. Never done this before but found a palm sander on sale. It only has 80 grit sand paper that comes with it. I suspect I will need higher grit to use in between finishes….I want the top to look like a bar top, with a nice stain underneath. After watching this I’m thinking of a laquer or Danish stain, then topping with a few coats of either water or oil based polyurethane. Does this sound right?

  23. Squiggly Line on February 9, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    I love you Ram Stevey.

  24. Eldon Beyea on February 9, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    does the same go for antiques?

  25. Lupe on February 9, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    I spray the water based Varathane & get a nice even finish…

  26. la71811 on February 9, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    What would be the best for an exterior front door?

  27. Giulio P on February 9, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Hi so what’s the difference between a poly and a lacquer?

  28. Christopher Sullivan on February 9, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    What do you suggest for a gun stock in the pacific northwest?

  29. Brett Owen on February 9, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    I’m looking to use a good wood sealer so I can airbrush on to it
    I also want to know what the best clear top coat would be
    It needs to be durable but highly glossed
    What do you think about polyester clear coats

  30. kenn1936 on February 9, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    Starting at the very beginning!! New Sub, loving your videos. I am in my 50’s and starting out with DIY (very late starter)!!

  31. Zainab Al Zedjali on February 9, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    Gratitude to everyone who loves to give us of his experience..

  32. Matthew on February 9, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    So I’m learning applying the finish will take way longer than actually building the piece. Paint it is. Or just 1 coat of oil based stain. I’m looking at old bookcase I used a oil based finish years ago and by no means professional but the difference isn’t anywhere near all the prep and extra time I just threw a coat on with a brush and called it good

  33. Piano Man on February 9, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    Just curious, could you stain a piece of wood then add a polyurethane finish to it wothout the polyurethane and stain interfering with each other?

  34. DatBoi Ya on February 9, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    I’ve got myself a brush and now I’m ready to microjig!

    excellent video tho, thank you

  35. John Strikwerda on February 9, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    Do you finish the wood before or after assembling the furniture?

  36. Nick Anderson on February 9, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    Hi. 🙂 Please, let us pray together. Dear God who art in heaven hallow be thy name thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever in Jesus Christ’s name we pray, amen.

  37. Patrick Dimaculangan on February 9, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    I thought you are that math teacher making prank videos.

  38. Jason Yim on February 9, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    If i wanted to go straight to using a wood sealer no staining, do i NEED to still use a conditioner?

  39. Jim Goodloe on February 9, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    very informative. assuming choice and application is not impacted by raw v stained wood (pine and birch plywood in current project)?

  40. Bobby Jackson on February 9, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    What would you recommend for an unfinished wooden comb?

  41. Rick Ryan on February 9, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    I make anniversaries, keepsake boxes with mostly from walnut and cherry and shelac somewhat like a French polish

  42. Miguel Juanez on February 9, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    I learned so much in such a short amount of time. Thank you 🙏🏽

  43. Huzur Sa on February 9, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    Just unnecessary talking, no work shown

  44. Derrick Pflibsen on February 9, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks for the video. I am gonna rant though…..pure Tung Oil (TO) and Tung Oil Finish (TOF) are two VERY VERY different things. Actual pure Tung Oil is just that. Tung Oil Finish is a concoction of petroleum distillates, dryers, and other chemicals and may can very little actual Tung Oil (like less than 10%). TOF even varies considerably in what its actual constituents are between vendors. Just download and read the MSDS of any TOF product. TOF definitely is a useful product, but if one wants an actual TO finish on your project you need to purchase and use pure ole natural Tung Oil. Same kind of thing applies to actual Raw Linseed Oil and Boiled Linseed Oil. Rant over 🙂

  45. barbarianater on February 9, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Steve Ramsey – The Master Of Pauses

  46. Eldon Beyea on February 9, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    would you recomend wood dyes.

  47. Sapienite on February 9, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    Wow what a helpful video to give order to the topic, thank you!

  48. Gefu Xu on February 9, 2022 at 11:16 pm


  49. Vinay Kumar Durgi on February 9, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    A helpful video in simple words..!!! Easily understood but have to see how much I had actually when I do..!!!

  50. Kerol Vaghela on February 9, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    Hi I am re building a guitar and I love natural finish. I have remove the paint and primer from the body of guitar, I watched one of your video it talks about wood conditioning. Do you I have to apply wood conditioning to apply wipe on poly.

    Please help what should I do. I was thinking sanding, than wipe on poly and wood polish.

    Please help🙏