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Tips for a Perfect Finish

The difference between an average piece and a beautiful piece of woodwork is the finish. There are many different types of finishes to choose from. Learn tips for putting a beautiful final touch on your handiwork.
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How to Create a Durable, Beautiful Polyurethane Finish
When finishing a woodworking piece, one common protective finish is polyurethane. While available in both oil-based and water-based versions, polyurethane is durable, easy to apply and provides protection to your piece. Learn methods for applying polyurethane properly to ensure a smooth, beautiful polyurethane finish to your woodworking projects.

Painting Outdoor Projects
When building outdoor woodworking projects, the woodworker is presented with a problem: how to protect the project from the elements. There are ways to protect projects that are made from nearly any type of wood stock. Learn how to protect your projects from the elements, so you can get years of enjoyment from your woodworking plans.

How to Match Paint Colors to Print Colors
Have you found a color on a printout or on a web page, and you'd like to match paint colors to print colors in a gallon of paint? Say you found the perfect hue of blue for your bathroom on a web page, and you want that EXACT color in a gallon of paint. One would think you'd simply need the RGB, HEX, CMYK or HSB values and you could take those to...

Applying a Gel Stain Finish
When staining your fine woodworking projects, one option is to employ a gel stain. A gel stain will give you some control over the depth of the color that you add. Learn how to properly apply and work with gel stains.

How to Apply a Lacquer Finish
Lacquer has been used for literally thousands of years to protect woodworking projects. A lacquer finish provides a hard, durable, clear finish that does a good job of protecting against water damage. A modern lacquer finish is designed to be applied either by spraying or by brush. Learn the advantages of using a lacquer finish to protect...

Creating a Hand-Rubbed Lacquer Finish
Lacquer finishes have been used by woodworkers for many years, as they are durable, clear and dry quickly and can be hand-rubbed to an amazingly glossy finish.

How to Match Wood Fillers with Stained Wood
Filling nail or other holes on stained woodworking projects can be a source of frustration for woodworkers. The difficulty is in getting the finished color of the filler to match the color of the stained wood so that the two blend seamlessly. Learn strategies for matching wood fillers with stain colors to get the best results from your...

How to French Polish Your Woodworking Project
Back as far as the Victorian era, French Polishing has been a effective, although time-consuming method for finishing woodworking projects. While it is seldom used today, few finishes offer such a remarkably beautiful shine as a french polish. Learn how to french polish a finish, and put so you can put french polishing to the test on your next...

Shellac Finishes - Getting a Beautiful Woodworking Finish with Shellac
A shellac finish has been a popular choice for woodworkers since the early 1800's. Shellac is actually derived from a secretion from an insect, which, when processed and mixed with alcohol, makes an amazing finish for woodworking projects. Learn the history of shellac and how to properly apply and refinish with shellac.

Applying a Paste Wax Wood Finish
A paste wax wood finish is one traditional woodworking finish that has been used for centuries, but for today's woodworker, there are better protective finish choices. That isn't to say that there isn't a place for a paste wax wood finish anymore. A great deal of rustic furniture, particularly Mexican furniture or hacienda furniture utilizes...

Repairing a Damaged Shellac Finish
Shellac gives wood a nice shine, but it isn't the most water-resistant of finishes. Here are tips to repairing a shellac finish, to keep your woodworking projects looking like new for a long time.

How to Fix Paint Drips
Paint drips are one of the most frustrating problems one can encounter when finishing a woodworking project. Paint drips are most often caused by applying to much paint. However, if you do end up with a dreaded paint drip, there are steps you can take to eliminate the problem. Here are some tips for fixing paint drips on your woodworking projects.

When to Use a Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner
When working with soft, porous woods such as pine, fir, birch and maple, stains often are absorbed unevenly. To help combat this problem, apply a pre-stain wood conditioner. Learn how this one extra step will yield much better results in your stained woodworking projects.

Tips for Staining Furniture
Whether staining a recently built project or refinishing an existing piece, here are a number of terrific tips on getting the stain results you want.

All About Paint
Do you have questions about what type of paint to buy for your particular project? Do you need latex or oil-based? Satin finish or semi-gloss? Find the answers in this in-depth look at paint.

Choose the Right Sandpaper
The finish on a woodworking project is only as good as the sanding job that is done underneath the finish. Learn how to select the proper grit and type of sandpaper for finishing your woodworking projects.

Hand Sanding for a Perfect Final Touch
Power sanders are fine for most sanding tasks, but for an absolutely perfect finish, one should complete the sanding by hand. Learn tips and tricks to make this tedious task one you'll want to incorporate into every project.

Wood Finishing Tips
Learn different wood finishing tips, from veneering and refinishing to step-by-step guidelines for removing water rings from a table top.

How to Make Your Own Oil Stains
If you're having trouble finding the right color for your staining job, perhaps you'd have better luck mixing your own stain. This article shows just how truly easy it is.

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