Refinishing Wood with Curt Martin
Many of you may know that I have been making the Red Easel Master's Palette and selling it here on Raisin Toast and on Red Easel, my site for visual artists. I've been busy the last several days since the weather was a bit warmer and I do all my work out on my deck. Big Bear helped me to cut out the pattern of the palettes on the Baltic Birch plywood I use for the palette and then began our learning process on how to best prepare the wood and finish for the palette so that the finished product would be smooth as glass and easy to clean up from using oil or acrylic paints on the palette. Some artists enjoy having a palette that is a big mess of color, with mounds of paint dried from one corner to the next, but for me, I like to clean up my palette after each use so that it is good as new for the next painting session. But until I created my palette, I had not found a palette that met with my standards for wood finish, comfort, and easy clean-up.
Enter Curt Martin. Curtis W. Martin is a third-generation antiques restorer. He began working in his father's furniture repair business when he was 10 years old, and hasn't been able to get the sawdust out of his veins since. Curt graduated from North Carolina State University's industrial engineering program with a Bachelor of Science in Furniture Manufacture and Management. He has owned and operated Martin Custom Woodworking & Antique Restoration since 1998.
Curt's instructional videos are so fantastic I wanted to save them so that I could look back on the process if I had to. They are great and I thought you would enjoy watching them too. Even if you aren't refinishing any furniture or working with wood, it sure was fun watching the steps and the process to create a beautiful finish on wood.
Below are the videos and all the steps to create a beautiful finish on wood furniture, or in my case - wood artist palettes.
NOTE: These videos are best viewed in Firefox or Flock browsers. I seem to be having trouble with them starting in Safari. If you have difficulty viewing the videos here, then you can view the entire series on eHow HERE.
SANDING WOOD FURNITURE - STEP 1
Wood such as Mahogany needs to be sanded prior to staining. Learn how to sand and clean wood prior to staining in this video.
FILLING IN WOOD FURNITURE GRAIN - STEP 2
Wood such as mahogany that has large pores must have those pores filled prior to staining. Find out how to fill the pores in this video.
HOW TO STAIN WOOD FURNITURE - STEP 3
Staining wood is easy with advice from an expert! Learn how to stain hard wood such as mahogany in this video.
SEALING WOOD FURNITURE - STEP 4
Wood furniture must be sealed after staining. Find out how to seal wood furniture in this video.
SANDING WOOD SEALER - STEP 5
Wood sealer must be sanded prior to glazing. Find out how to sand wood sealer applied to wood furniture in this video.
ADDING GLAZE TO WOOD FURNITURE - STEP 6
Glazing wood after applying the sealer gives depth to the color. Learn how to glaze wood furniture after applying the sealer in this video.
APPLYING THE FIRST COAT OF WOOD LACQUER - STEP 7
Clear coat lacquer applied to glazed wood furniture provides protection for the wood surface. Find out how to spray on the first coat of lacquer in this video.
SANDING FURNITURE LACQUER - STEP 8
Wood furniture is sanded after the first coat of lacquer is applied. Find out how to sand the lacquer finish in this video.
APPLYING A SECOND COAT OF WOOD LACQUER - STEP 9
A second coat of lacquer is necessary. Find out how to apply a second coat of lacquer on wood furniture in this video.
FINISHING WOOD FURNITURE WITH LACQUER - STEP 10
Find out how to apply a finishing coat of lacquer on wood furniture to provide a protective layer that protects the depth of color video.
SANDING WOOD FURNITURE WITH WET SANDPAPER - STEP 11
Wood furniture must be sanded after the finishing coat of lacquer is applied. Find out how to wet sand the lacquer finish using mineral oil.
POLISHING WOOD FURNITURE WITH STEEL WOOL - STEP 12
A hand rubbed finish on hardwood furniture is achieved in part by rubbing the wood with steel wool. Find out how to get this effect in this video.
APPLYING FINISHING COMPOUND TO WOOD FURNITURE - STEP 13
Applying finishing compound to wood furniture brings out the depth of color in the wood. Find out how to apply finishing compound to wood furniture in this video.
POLISHING WOOD FURNITURE - STEP 14
Applying a finishing polish to wood furniture adds an extra protective surface to the wood. Find out how to apply the finishing polish to wood furniture in this video.
So, there you go. Fourteen steps to a beautiful wood finish. I'm not there yet, not by a long shot, but after watching these videos, I am feeling more confident that I can make the palettes as beautiful as you see here.
Of course, I'm missing the woodworking studio and some of the tools he used, but I think I can improvise. Here's how I see it - have you heard of "Bob Ross" from the "Joy of Painting" series that aired on PBS for years? You know the guy with the afro who painted happy trees? Well, I now think of Curtis Martin as the Bob Ross of woodworking without the afro - Happy wood anyone?
Hope someone out there enjoyed these videos other than me.