Part 3 of 6 - Applying A Natural Finish
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Nature provides a variety of methods for protecting wood...beginning
with the bark on a tree. Bark insulates the live wood from
decay, disease, insects, people who like to carve their initials
into them and other pests.
tree has been sawn into lumber and the lumber transformed
into a piece of fine woodworking, there are a number of natural
finishes that can be used to pick up the job of protection
where the bark left off. Three of the most important finishes
in this category are shellac, lacquer and varnish.
these are made from saps, resins or chemicals that have been
extracted from living plants - in some cases, the trees themselves.
Like the bark, they form a protective coating on the outside
of the wood. This coating is fairly hard and transparent,
and can be built up through the application of successive
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