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The Final Push - Lawnor approaches 100% painted

The Final Push - Lawnor approaches 100% painted

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Handsome Plinths

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I found out a work colleague has his own lathe and enjoys mucking about in his new woodworking workshop.  He’s also a nerd so I explained what I do and that if he’s got some suitable offcuts heading to the bin I’d love a hew plinths for some upcoming busts.  He’s made me these as some test pieces and they’re great.

Right now they’re raw wood.  I’ve never had real plinths before.  What should I be looking to treat them with on a budget (I don’t want to buy 20l of high end wood stain and then only use 20ml of the stuff!).  Should I be doing any kind of treatment before or after?  I assume priming and painting them black with acrylics, varnishing and then polishing isn’t right?  I don’t know the first thing about woodwork or care.

I’m UK based.  I assume that’ll affect what products and brands are available, and where I can get them from

The small one is 40mm across at the top, and the big one is about 50mmThe small one is 40mm across at the top, and the big one is about 50mm

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Plinths! Brother Lloyd would not approve. If you want to use something to treat them that you already have in the hobby cupboard then try Army Painter Quickshade. These are polyurethane based – the same stuff as we use to varnish wood in a DIY setting. If you don’t stir or shake the can before you start you will get a clear gloss finish, if you stir up the tone then you get a stained varnish finish with Strong Tone browner than Soft Tone which is a bit blacker but the wood will still show through clearly. I’ve not tried it on a large piece of wood so probably worth testing first to make sure it isn’t too streaky. If you want to spend a little bit then polyurethane varnish both plain and pre-stained can be bought in very small tins from any DIY outlet.
Failing that you can finish with a mixture of polyeurethane varnish, mineral spirits and linseed oil which gives a durable surface with a satin sheen that is the accepted way to finish wooden furniture as it helps bring out the quality of the grain and will be enough to deter scuffs and finger marks. There are instructions online and probably on the YouTubes for what mixture to use (ussually 1/3 of each) and how to apply it.
Good luck. Looking forward to seeing the results.


If you leave furniture raw without applying a new coat of wax or poly you are taking a risk of your furniture drying out, cracking, swelling or staining. To limit wood damage, preserve furniture and keep it looking natural you’ll want to seal raw wood with Liming or Cerusing wax.

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