Wood Finishing

“And thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made: and thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold:” —Exodus 26:31-32.

Wood finishing involves putting a “finish” or coating, such as paint or varnish on a wooden item to seal and protect it.  Most wooden products are not really considered finished until they are “finished”—have a finish.  We will not be concerned with finishes that are as permanent or as expensive as that used for the wood in the Tabernacle, but ours will be much easier to apply.  Wood finishing is very commonly employed in the process of “refinishing” in which a worn, damaged, or aged finish is removed and replaced with a new one.  Often recoloring or “staining” the wood to achieve exactly the desired wood tone is also part of the finishing process.  And, of course, there is a preparation process usually required just to get the item ready to receive the finish.  This sounds like a lot, but it is an exciting experience to transform an item with a brand new finish that you have created yourself.

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