Finishing Bare Wood Furniture
If you have purchased some bare wood furniture then you will need to finish it properly. This isn’t a difficult process but there are some steps that you will need to follow. The amount of work involved will depend on the quality of the piece you have chosen. If there are blemishes or knots in the wood, these will need to be treated as otherwise they will affect your finish. Knots are easy to fix, you just need to paint them with a shellac based sealer.
If there are any holes or scratches, you will need to fill them with filler. If you intend to paint the unit it doesn’t really matter what color filler you use. But if you intend to use a varnish then you need to find purpose made wood filler in as close a match to the wood color as possible. This will result in the patching being less visible.
In the unlikely event that you have a big hole to fill, you need to use the filler in stages. You may have seen an unpainted wood furniture piece that you just couldn’t resist but perhaps it had been damaged in storage. Filling deep holes is possible and when the product has been properly finished you would never know it was there but you have to be careful. You can’t just put a lump of filler into the hole and hope for the best. This may be the quick way of doing things but it is likely to crack and ruin the overall finish.
So take it slowly, allow each layer to harden before adding any more. If you have had to use filler, you will have to sand the unit down before painting or vanishing. Always vacuum the units following sanding as otherwise you run the risk of dust particles upsetting the finish on your bare wood furniture.
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