The ToolPost understands the importance of quality wood finishing. Much more than a lick of finish as an afterthought, it can actually be one of the most
satisfying parts of woodturning as it's the moment you see the fruits of your labour come to life. Which is why The ToolPost is proud to be one of the few UK stockists of one of the USA's finest wood finishing products,
General Finishes, both in its Didcot store and online at http://www.toolpost.co.uk/index.html.
The ToolPost is pleased to stock products from the USA's finest full-line manufacturer of wood finishes, General Finishes. Choose from milk paints, gel
stains, urethane modified oils, polyacrylic varnishes, as well as a good range of applicators. Their pre-mixed milk paints can be used to antique or age wood, to give a crackle finish or simply used as a base for other
finishes. Being based on acrylics makes these milk paints particularly durable as well as being environmentally friendly.
General Finishes' Dye Stains are water based wood finishing
products but have been designed to work very much like solvent-based stains. Use them to create pleasingly deep, rich tones on cherry, walnut or maple, or alternatively mix them with General Finishes' Water Based Topcoats (also available at The ToolPost) in order to use them as a toner.
Arguably the most "finishing" of all the wood finishing
products from the US company are the Gel Stains, however, as they give your wood a beautiful lustre after the 2nd and 3rd coats have been rubbed away. As they don't sink into the wood in the same way liquid oil-based stains do, these gel stains are particularly good at evening out appearances on woods such as pine and poplar, which can be harder to finish well. There are some attractive gel stain colourways to choose from at The ToolPost, including Candlelite, Georgian Cherry and Colonial Maple.
You'll also find General Finishes' Glaze Effects available at The ToolPost, their water-based Polyacrylic Topcoats, Orange and Butchers Block Finishing Oils and a range of applicators – in short, everything you
need to elevate your woodturning
project to a thing of beauty.
Of particular interest to woodturners is the aptly-named "Wood Turner's Finish" which is a clear non-toxic water/oil urethane hybrid finish expressly designed for use on salad bowls
and other lathe turned items. Unlike many other such products, this General Finishes product can be burnished, and polished or buffed to a high gloss on the lathe.
Check out the entire range, as well as other great wood finishing products and woodturning tools and accessories at