It's a problem we can all relate to. Anyone who has ever opened a paint, finish, or stain can knows the problem: if you don't use it all, you have to close it again. Hammers provide too much direct force, and can bend the lid, the lip, or the can itself. A rubber mallet is better, but you could shoot paint or finish out at you, and you'll cover the mallet in the material, which could get transferred to another project. Plus, if you're like me, the mallet always seems to be in another room.
I'll admit it... applying a finish to a woodworking project is always the most intimidating part. Once you've spent hours or days designing, milling, measuring, cutting, joining, smoothing the wood, it's a bit scary to know that you can mess up all your work in the final step.
I've been building a few useful desk pieces lately to give my workspace a bit more livable at the office. I built them out of pallet wood with a nice rustic feel and didn't want to cover over that character so I decided to go for a simple whitewash. Take a look at how easy it is to get a rustic finish with a bit of watered down paint.
Finishing a project with the right protective coating is the final touch and should be done right. Here's a quick look at how to protect that brand new project.
On Wednesday, the New York Times featured a piece about "rough looking" furniture and "emphasizing the influence of the y-chromosome." Artists and designers such as Joost Van Bleiswijk, Aaron Raymer, Simon Hasan, Oscar Magnus Narud are creating pieces who's aesthetic only improves with a scratch or a nick in the veneer.
Murray Moss has dubbed the approach "butch craft", and "he has collected in an enticing show that opened Wednesday night at Moss, his SoHo store. It has a “rough-hewn, virile and heavy-lifting aesthetic,” Mr. Moss said, albeit one that is sensitively rendered or considered, a nod to the history and semiotics of the word “butch.”