Nothing says beginner, novice or professional like your finish. With the Brilliant Finishes for Woodturners DVD, you’ll gain the confidence and knowledge to finish your turnings with a sensuous, supple, smooth finish that begs to be touched. What better way to learn a finishing technique than to look over one’s shoulder and, in a way, learn one-on-one. It would be impossible to get up-close and learn these techniques in a classroom situation like a demo or symposium. Whether you employ some or all of the suggestions found on this DVD, you will enhance the overall look and feel of your work by following these techniques. Your finishes will look less labored-over, feel more sensuous and appear soft and fluid because ultimately the finish and consistent texture will determine whether the creator of the piece was a beginner, novice or a pro.
A good finish is really all about seeing the details unfold in the surface of your piece. The DVD platform is the perfect way to showcase all the details up-close and personal. Learn how to prepare the foundation and what pitfalls to look for when prepping any wood surface with plenty of tips and tricks to better “see” the flaws and how to repair the surface for a brilliant final finish. Learn more about the chapters here…
The DVD runs 2 hours and 25 minutes on one dual layer disc and features closed captioning for the hearing impaired. The format is an NTSC DVD and plays in all regions. DVD also includes closed captioning.
troy_n_chris (verified owner) –
Ted, thanks for a great DVD. One of the topics you really helped me with was sanding pressure and lathe speed. I was running my lathe way too fast and applying to much pressure. I’ve been able to extend your techniques to epoxy resin projects.
Steve Gunby –
I just want to thank you, after what has been a difficult year for all of us. Last Christmas I purchased three of your DVD’s and have been studying them ever since. My finishing has improved massively, but more importantly, my understanding of what I’ve doing too, thank you for sharing your knowledge. It’s funny because when I occasionally lapse in concentration and experience a problem, I lock up my workshop and run back into the house to check my dvds to see what I’ve forgotten hahaha. People are noticing and appreciating my work much more now, it makes me smile, but that’s down to you Ted, I couldn’t have improved without your help. I’m 60 in January and hoping my family will help me to purchase a set of your finessing tools which I’ve been after for some time now. I wish you and all your family a safe and peaceful Christmas and New Year too.
Kindest regards, Steve
Dennis T (verified owner) –
Excellent, informative video. My finishes just took a leap forward. I would recommend this video to anyone no matter what skill level they are at.
David Hughes –
From the Brilliant Finishes DVD it is easy to see that many
processes and considerable due care are required to get close to the correct
results. Anyone thinking of short cuts will need to pay better attention to Ted’s
Some things stand out right away and one needs to concentrate on
them thoroughly. There’s the need to look carefully, between processes, and assess
what it actually happening to the wood. This may be a learning curve for those
starting off but experience should teach such things before too long. There is
also the need to fill blemishes, in this case, using CA glue – it is essential
not to miss out this stage since a ‘spotless’ appearance simply cannot be
The spinning speed is also an issue so new lathe purchasers
would do well to acquire a variable speed lathe that reduces the RPM rate to a
notably slow pace. Depending on the shape of the piece (the mill example shown in the first part of
the DVD) one also needs different types of scraping chisels, an acquisition that
becomes necessary or else one cannot properly access the cove. Getting the
necessary array of tools is most important.
Ted’s guidance on sandpaper usage is hugely relevant. Avoid the
cheap and largely useless papers. The use of Klingspor abrasives for example is
very sound advice since it is so important to acquire cloth-backed papers that
are of high quality and can easily be folded to the correct shapes. For the
private user it is advised to check out Ebay for such a product since the
company itself will only sell to professional traders in large quantities. There
is no shortage of Klingspor abrasives from these secondary suppliers.
Finally, the acquisition of a suitable buffing wheel is most important
since completed glass-like finishes can only be fully achieved after using such
a device. The ‘magic’ referred to
appears like Byzantine silk following the use of carnauba wax polished to a
lustrous sheen with the correct use of the all-cotton buffing wheel.
There is no doubt in my mind that Ted Sokolowski’s Brilliant
Finishes DVD is the number one educational video for woodworkers (worldwide)
and is second to none when it comes to the mirror-like surfaces that most users
will be extremely keen to apply to their competently turned work pieces.
West Wales, UK
Timothy Smythe –
I can’t believe how quickly my finishing techniques have improved since watching this DVD. I highly Recommend this video.