How to Finish the Box

In this video, I show you my process of finishing the box. While you can follow the principles I share in this video, please keep in mind that this step is entirely up to you. Choose what ever finish you think would compliment your box the best.

This lessons objectives:

  • What finishes to use
  • How to apply finish
  • How to cut back layers
  • How to avoid damage and fingerprints

I used Osmo Raw for my box which keeps the neutral look of the timber by cancelling out any yellowing caused by normal oils. I find this looks good on pale timbers such as Ash and Sycamore for example. 

However the downside to this finish is that it doesn't create contrast in the grain and will look somewhat minimal instead. Which isn't necessarily something you want if you are working with figured or exotic timbers. In addition, the yellowing caused by normal oils will make timbers such as Oak a beautiful golden colour.

My suggestion would be to create a few test pieces to find out what look you are going for. If you want punch and contrast, go for Osmo Clear. If you want minimal and clean, go for Osmo Raw.

Supporting Material

Click the images below to see supporting material helping you with this part of the project.

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