Woodwork Finishing – Learning to use OSMO Part 1

you before we launch into this video I wanted to give you a little bit of a preamble I've known about and used this Osmo product for some time but I've never really got the kind of results that I thought were available from that's why I wanted to go to Phil and visit him in his workshop and get a working demonstration on how this product works for me Osmo is an absolute game changer when it comes to finishing wood when I saw the results that he got from using Osmo and using it correctly and the benefits it just is such an easy product to use and the kind of results that you can get from it are truly amazing I think you'll agree it's a pretty amazing product we're going to be doing a number of finishing projects videos and samples in the upcoming months we'd ask you to subscribe to this channel so that you can be informed about when those videos are coming but for right now let's visit with Phil Macon and see his demonstration of Osmel hello everyone Collin canet here for woodwork web today we're in the workshop of film Aiken and not only is Phil an expert woodworker he's an expert in a new finishing product called ozma or at least it's new to us in north america and it's such a revolutionary product that I wanted Phil to tell you about Osmel so Phil what can you tell us about Osmo today well thanks for coming to my shop yeah Osmo is a pretty exciting concept and I hate to tell you but it was invented about 35 years ago in Europe by a couple of German chemists it was originally developed for floor finishing and I've got an example of a good can of it here at a floor brush is the application choice okay two coats of this one each day is how its put on and this brush is quite stiff so we're dealing now with Tyrael that is environmentally sound plant oil and it has plant wax in it and I'll come back to that in a minute okay we have to put it on with quite a bit of pressure and that's where the brush comes in okay we have a number of floor finishing people in Victoria who are working with it people that I've been working with in training and I thought I'd just show you Colin on the subject of flooring the person that who is the Canadian distributor for Osmo that is woodland flooring Wow Steve Roscoe is the owner up in Comox that's a beautiful finish and that's just an example of a peat nice piece of Pacific maple finished with all his MO there's a stain color on it this is a piece of a windfall salvaged fir with a stain on it again with Osmo that's this is the UV cured version of Osmo but I mention it because that's how I came across Ozma okay and for years this has been an extremely popular product in flooring in Europe oh it's huge in England it's very big business in France okay but we've only had it in North America for a very few short years and only recently did a few people like myself start playing around with it on furniture oh and that's the part that I wanted to show you because we have quite a number of famous woodworkers now in British Columbia and across Canada who have used all the different conditions they've used their own brews of three part of oil varnish right on and on it goes they like Osmo because of the fact that it's quick labour wise very very fast yep it's very reasonable from a cost point of view and it's environmentally sound and it won't hurt you or your pets or other people being around when you're doing the finishing well I wondered when you're talking about flooring you said you finish you can do two coats in two days often with a lot of flooring materials there's a lot of fumes coming off at does that is there a lot of fumes come off of this or is it no actually the interesting thing about awesome always back to what it's made out it's 90% thistle and sunflower oil well and it has a little bit of plant wax from a shrub called candle illa but the thing is there are no metals in it there's no dryers in it there's no biocidal it does take a little bit of time to dry it takes overnight to dry right but in a furniture application we can have it so that it's dry within a couple of hours pretty much dry to the touch the thing that you have to get used to is something like this notes it's not a lacquer it requires oxygen to dry okay because there's nothing chemically in it to make it dry out when we put it on a big floor area we've got to get the windows open we've got to get some air circulating in a furniture environment I like to make sure that I'm using the material at room temperature okay it likes to be stored cool like basement temperature right but it likes to be used warm and again I say room temperature because it's got a wax in it yeah if we let it get cold it's going to be harder to work okay so Phil you talked about finishing and that's kind of why we're here to see what things can be done with woodworking products and I see in front of the camera here that you've got some products can you show us some of the things that you've done and and how this product is used sure well this is my this is what I call my small object shop okay I make fairly big pieces like ten-foot oaken fir credenzas but not in this shop right and so indeed we've we've got a number of furniture makers using Osmel okay but today I've got a variety of small objects i do i do boxes for example yeah and everything that i do these are all in progress but everything I do I finish with Osmel except for that's a little Ken's end display yeah I finish with Osmo except for reproduction furniture which I would sell you shellac on okay just because that would have been the product of the day yeah but I found we found a lot of variety and the issues that we had with Osmo was how do you get it on furniture quickly and efficiently and without a lot of ways okay that's good and that's what we've been working on over the last you know three or four years and as I say now we've got quite a few of the real famous dudes using yeah well and what we came up with was this thing called the white pad okay this is from the automotive industry it's a Norton product oh yeah and it's called bare taps well it's kind of like a abrasive cloth kind of thing isn't that a great embracive pad and it is but in this case this one is cold this one is a white one okay I'm just cutting it into about a two inch by two inch piece and I love Osmo because this cost a dollar 75 the whole thing so this little piece caused about maybe 12 cents Wow this is gonna be our applicator okay but this particular one is white okay it has no abrasive okay and we're using it just to be the carrier device I say to get the Osmo onto the wood oh we've got some wood panels here that are prepped so written with four smaller pieces we're not even using a brush we're using this little pad then well and I use this for big pieces as well what I'm doing is the same technique yep but I'm using it quickly you'll see how much time it takes so the point is it scales up into bigger pieces for sure okay and we're sticking with this is the way to optimize getting the material on okay peace perfect of work so I've got a little sample can of özil okay so this is this is the finishing technique be the application of Oz when I notice you've got a small little can of it here it comes in this you've just put this into a smaller can okay I have amazingly this technique we minimize the amount of waste and out of that little can I can finish these are box pieces okay so bottoms lives I can finish about 35 square feet of this material with that little time from that little Kanna 35 square feet it goes it goes so far you out even and that's one of the things I love it's you have to get away from the idea of thinking of oil our old way of putting on oil as we slathered it on yes and then in you we weighed it around and then we took a rag and we wiped it off that's right you just kept doing that over and over and over again yep in our case we're going to do this with two coats well and if we're doing a tabletop and working table uh-huh we're going to use three coats on the table top okay but on all the vertical work and on pieces that are being handled in a you know good way now a nice way like boxes are handing out two coats is only okay okay so I'm going to just take this I've stirred this well awesomo wants to be stirred really well okay and again that's because it's got a wax and oil in it right okay there's no hazards in the product and I'm holding a glove here because some people that use it tell me that they like the way the oil makes their hands feel after they used it Oh personally I like to use a glove okay because it's a little bit sticky okay but for just purposes of clarity I'm just going to show you okay so I said that we're going to use our white yeah it is a carrier I'm going to dab a little bit about in and I should say that when I do my finishing work no matter how big or small a piece I'm doing I work with low lighting all the time right from the sanding or the surface preparation all the way down oh and I want to have low lighting so that I can see what's going on with the surface oh very good idea so I'm always doing that right from the very beginning yeah in the case of Osmo what we're doing is I put a very little amount on the pad and all I'm doing as I'm doing this in circles it's a little bit like a French polishing technique I'm doing it in circles because I gotta be able to get the material across the grain okay and it turns out that it doesn't matter how diligent you are if all you do is this yes no matter how hard you do it yeah you won't end up with this kind of surface oh you've got to do it in overlapping cert okay so again some of the biggest pieces I've done are tables 14 feet long 47 inches wide in a restaurant downtown if what we were able to move along very quickly doing sections about 3 feet by 3 feet yep and then moving very quickly on the next section now you mentioned that you've done a big table in a restaurant is this is this food safe then this product it's a hundred percent food safe well well I guess if it's got sunflower oil in it then yeah yeah it's actually a non edible grade of sunflower which I like even more because it's not competing with food product now but the product is safe for wet and dry food preparation that means cutting blocks butcher blocks commercial islands in your kitchen we have a number of people that have used it for cherry and for countertops in your kitchen well and so a combination of a working food area and the cutting board area yeah okay now my goal here is to just show you that what I what I've got when I'm looking at this because I have wax in the product yes I don't want to see any lines I don't want to see any ridges okay I want to see a consistent looking sheen and if you look at this yourself Colin you're going to see that it we don't have any excess material I noticed a perfect Sheen on there but we've got the color the colors come back and I this was sanded this is white oak our famous Gary oak Vancouver Island this was sanded to 150 and I didn't want to make it any shinier I didn't want to can any word pristine yeah I want to leave a little bit of grain okay but what I've got is a consistent gene there I'm going to move on to a wood that is really difficult to finish our beauties this is sanded to a little bit higher drip piece of book-matched Arbutus and i sanded this to 180 and using my little platen sander and then finished off with my random orbital wow it pops a grain just like an oil finish that were a traditional oil finish that we've been used to using it does but the thing that's really great about this is because it doesn't have any crazy chemicals in it it won't turn the wood yellow oh it doesn't change the color of the wood wow that's a big bonus it keeps it now when I say it doesn't change the color of the wood in and of itself of course if we're talking about fur fur is going to dark and cherries sure darken yes but it's going to be the wood is going to do what the wood does natcher okay now I'm basically done with this but when I look at it now I can see there's a few little ridges in it yes a few areas oh yeah see yeah I need to actually work with with the white pad and in this case I put a little bit too much on no problem what I'm going to do is I'm going to flip my white pad over okay nice and I'm just going to give it a Polish just very gently and we're going to leave it like that and I might come back to it in a couple of minutes but a sheen is really amazing if I was trying to do this with one coat so I can just see a little bit looks like a little couple areas where maybe it absorbed a bit more material it's a little bit dry there okay now part of this is I'm going to be cutting the edges of this off okay if I was doing this all the way to the edge yeah that it would be more important so this is actually rough sized and I like to try and pre finish as much of my work as I can assemblé that's an amazing finish so no that's my last is with the grain at the beginning I'm doing it with the overlapping stories all right there's a number of products on the market that are water borns and they look like milk when you open them and then they dry clear but they don't in many cases they don't let the grain and the texture of the wood come through they they start masking that although they're environmentally friendly they don't do anything but this does both it it's environmentally friendly but it still allows the grain to to show through definitely yeah one of the issues with the water-based products and I I'm all for anything that's getting more environmental the thing about a lot of the water-based products is when you look at what's in them they're pretty nasty products because to make them dry to make them perform no they have to put a lot of weird stuff in them you think that they would be mostly water but they're not there's a lot of other thrown several chemicals in the night and the issue that you how does a woodworker is if you pick a wood and you're using a wood you'd like the wood to speak for itself no the wood to stay as natural as you can and the water-based finishes turn a lot of lids quite gray quite blue looking so I'm sure over time you know they'll they'll get it I'll get it better but being around this product when you're putting it on is you can smell : there's virtually I can't smell anything gross there's nothing very very faint it's actually a bit of a pleasant smell and if anything yeah yeah and that's the big difference with with waterborne types of varnishes that this that they tend to hide that grain and these actually accent that grain

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