A glaze finish begins with the wood undergoing the standard staining process. The glaze color is applied then hand wiped off. Glaze detailing is hand applied. The glaze remains or "hangs up" in any corner or profile of the door or drawer. Since this is a hand applied process, the detailing may vary from piece to piece.
Factory-applied techniques that give wood a furniture-aged look. Random wormholes, compression marks and corner over sanding are distressing elements used to convey gently aged fine furniture.
End grain surfaces and softer areas of the wood may accept more stain and often appear darker than other surfaces. This is a natural reaction when finishing wood products and potential variances cannot be controlled.
All wood species show some wood grain. The amount of grain will vary by species and finish. Oak is an open or coarse grain wood. The grain will "telegraph" or visibly show through the stain. Birch and Maple are closed or fine grain woods. Some "telegraphing" will occur, though the effect will be subtle.
Semi-Transparent Color Finishes
Semi-transparent finishes utilize a heavily pigmented stain. They are semi-transparent, which may telegraph some of the natural beauty of the wood. The following may occur with any semi-transparent finish:
Since wood is in a constant state of expansion and contraction, visible lines are normal at the joints on the cabinet face frames and doors. This does not weaken the finish, or the
strength of the joint.