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A number of months ago I ran across a 2001 FWW article by Chris Becksvort on Tried & True Varnish Oil. Thought I would give it a try. In the middle of testing it, I ran across a July/August 2005 article in FWW by Chris Minick, testing a number of finishes and he ranked Tried & True last of about 12 or more products.
I am not a full time, nor "professional" woodworker. I do okay cutting, shaping, and assembling wood into decent looking objects. Like so many others, knowing much about "finishing" is my weakest point.
I realize the answer is probably not an easy thing, nor simple. Probably all depends on "what I like" etc. I like the idea of a soft, satin finish. But, how does one know what is good compared to what? Is Minick's article a valid comparison of products? Comparing polyurethane to oil may not be a fair comparison.
How does one find some information that you can trust to put some reality (beyond all the sales and manufacturer hype) on types of finishes and brands and techniques?
Alan - planesaw