- Video: Peter Gedrys: A Clear Finish for Maple
Peter Gedrys shows you how to preserve maple's pale, natural look with a water-based finish
- Finishing Oily Woods
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 Finish
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 Foodware
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 Paint
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 Varnish
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 Surprises
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 Table
Give your project an antique finish in three easy steps
- FWW Poll: Your Favorite Topcoat
Wipe-on poly edges out shellac and lacquer in the latest Knots poll
- Favorite Finishes: Shellac and Oil Lead the Way
Nearly 6 in 10 say they use one of those two finishes, in the latest Knots poll
- Q & A: The Clearest Finish
- Video: Quick Lesson: Varnish Variations
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 Pine
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 ...
- Q & A: Best Tabletop Finish
- All About Wax
Though most commonly used as the final, protective coating on top of another type of finish, wax has a multitude of other uses. It can be used on its own to serve ...