I personally love anything made from woods. For me, it stands out from any other furniture and also it has more value to it. On the other hand, sometimes when you are in a mission to buy a new furniture, the one that made out of woods are super expensive.
That’s probably one of the many reasons people start to making their own stuff for their house, like furniture or home decorations. Although the tools that you might need are quite expensive but by making your own stuff, there are some benefit to it. You could have the same thing with the same function but with a cheaper price, you could make it as you need and like it, and the freedom to customize it.
If you are that many people who build their own stuff, especially in woodworking, the most important things to have are a wood router and the router table. A lot of reviews out there that you could use as a guidance before you buy one for yourself (you can see a lot of best wood router reviews and best router table reviews at woodroutercenter.com). Always make sure that the wood router and router table will fill all your needs. Quite a buzz about Bosch 1617evspk router and Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router Table, you could check them out probably that would suit your needs.
Making the stuff is an important step. The planning to build it is also important. After both of those steps, there is another step that you should do and it’s also important but quite a few people might forget about it, it’s the finishing process.
The steps to make these wooden things are designing, making, priming, painting, waiting, and you are done. Design and planning is to make sure that everything you need is already included. Before you get into the priming step, make sure you sand it first and clean out all of the dust that has been produced. Then you are allowed to get to the priming and painting the wood. After waiting for a couple hours until the paint is dry, your stuff is ready to be used.
If you do the finishing process, you could get a lot of benefits, like:
- It will look more professional
- It will make the stuff more durable
- The color would stay longer
- Basically keep the stuff safer
There are couple types of wood finishes: oil, oil-based varnish, water-based finish, shellac, and lacquer. In the oil category, you would find tung oil, linseed oil, and varnish. In the oil-based varnish category, you would find alkyd, polyurethane, spar, wiping and gel varnish. Each of them has their own ingredients and uses that would affect on how to choose them. You have to know about these finishes carefully so you could apply the right one.
This oil is from the nuts of a tree that are native to Asia although you could collect them in other places too. It is in an unrefined and polymerized form. Tung oil is more durable to moisture, has a paler color, and dries quite fast. Unfortunately, it won’t produce a surface film.
This oil is available in two forms, the raw form and the polymerized form. The one that you should use is the polymerized form. Unfortunately, it won’t produce a surface film just like the tung oil. Linseed oil and tung oil are the penetrating finishers that penetrate to the fibers and harden.
Varnish is made from tough and durable synthetic resins. It has been modified with drying oil. The resins included such as alkyd, phenolic, and urethane. This is probably the most durable finish to moisture, heat, chemicals, and solvent. Mainly, you apply them with brush. There are actually three types of varnish from the percentage of oil that it has, there are long-oil that contain oil the most, medium-oil varnish, and short-oil varnish. What people usually use it the long-oil varnish.
Of course the main ingredients to this finishes is water. Actually, these kinds of finishes have almost identically the same ingredients to the varnish but water replaced the chemicals ingredients in it. This finish is durable to scratch but not as durable to the heat and solvent as the varnish.
This kind of finish is available in several forms, the premixed form and the flake form. When you buy in the flake form, you have to mix it with denatured alcohol. This finish would make the woods durable to moisture and blending to other finishes.
There are three varieties of lacquer. The most common one is nitrocellulose lacquer, this would make the wood durable to moisture but sensitive to heat and solvent. The second one is acrylic-modified lacquer, the effect on the wood is the same as the previous one but it won’t change the wood to yellow like the nitrocellulose lacquer would do after some times. The last one is catalyzed lacquer that has the same characteristic as nitrocellulose lacquer plus the durability that a varnish have.