Choosing a Finish

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  • Removing Sticky Boiled Linseed OilQ & A: Removing Sticky Boiled Linseed Oil

    by Jeff Jewitt

  • Peter Gedrys: A Clear Finish for MapleVideo: Peter Gedrys: A Clear Finish for Maple

    with Peter Gedrys

    Peter Gedrys shows you how to preserve maple's pale, natural look with a water-based finish

  • Finishing Oily WoodsFinishing Oily Woods

    by Jeff Jewitt

    Oily tropical woods such as cocobolo, bubinga, teak, and others pose problems when using oil-based finish. Jeff Jewitt's solution is simple but effective. First, ...

  • Re-creating a Shaker FinishRe-creating a Shaker Finish

    by Linda Coit

    Linda Coit specializes in antique restoration and repair, but she rarely gets the chance to duplicate an entire piece. So when Chris Becksvoort enlisted her shop's ...

  • Finishes For FoodwareFinishes For Foodware

    by Mike Mahoney

    Turner Mike Mahoney has spent a good portion of his career making items intended to hold food. So he's an expert on food-safe finishes, and he's prepared to divulge ...

  • Rediscovering Milk PaintRediscovering Milk Paint

    by Nancy R. Hiller

    It's durable and versatile, it comes in a variety of colors, and it contains no toxic ingredients. It's no wonder that milk paint, one of the world's oldest decorative ...

  • Hot-Rod Your VarnishHot-Rod Your Varnish

    by Roland Johnson

    When it comes to finding the perfect wipe-on finish, there's nothing like homemade. At least that's what Roland Johnson discovered when he started searching for ...

  • Sample Boards: No SurprisesSample Boards: No Surprises

    by Teri Masaschi

    One of the secrets to finishing is advance planning, and sample boards are a great way to do this. When you test a finishing sequence on a sample board rather than ...

  • Finish Recipe: Bow-Front Hall TableFinish Recipe: Bow-Front Hall Table

    by Steven Lash

    Give your project an antique finish in three easy steps

  • FWW Poll: Your Favorite TopcoatFWW Poll: Your Favorite Topcoat

    by David Heim

    Wipe-on poly edges out shellac and lacquer in the latest Knots poll

  • Favorite Finishes: Shellac and Oil Lead the WayFavorite Finishes: Shellac and Oil Lead the Way

    by David Heim

    Nearly 6 in 10 say they use one of those two finishes, in the latest Knots poll

  • The Clearest FinishQ & A: The Clearest Finish

    by Teri Masaschi

  • Quick Lesson: Varnish VariationsVideo: Quick Lesson: Varnish Variations

    with Peter Gedrys

    Spar, gym seal, bar top, and rubbing. Discover the differences between most varnishes on the market in this excerpt from our series on refinishing furniture.

  • Best Finish for PineBest Finish for Pine

    by Thomas E. Wisshack

    A beautiful, aged finish isn't difficult to achieve on pine, if you follow Tom Wisshack's formula for success. The furniture restorer and historian combines thin ...

  • Best Tabletop FinishQ & A: Best Tabletop Finish

    by Chris A. Minick

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