Choosing a Finish

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  • Favorite Finishing ProductsFavorite Finishing Products

    by Teri Masaschi

    Still using the same finishing product you started with 15 years ago? You may be missing a product that can save time and effort and give a better result. Professional ...

  • Four Finishings for TurningsFour Finishings for Turnings

    by Teri Masaschi

    While most finishing materials used on turnings on the lathe are familiar to wood finishers, the methods of application for them are different. This article, written ...

  • Three Finishes for Bird's-Eye MapleThree Finishes for Bird's-Eye Maple

    by Teri Masaschi

    There are few woods that yield as contrasting appearances as bird’s-eye maple. Teri Masaschi, a professional finisher, shares three ways to finish this exquisitely ...

  • Aerosol FinishesAerosol Finishes

    by Chris A. Minick

    This primer on aerosol finishes dispels many widely held myths. It discusses the availability and quality of a variety of spray finishes: varnish, lacquer, stains, ...

  • Three Reliable FinishesThree Reliable Finishes

    by Mark Schofield

    Furniture makers Garrett Hack, Phil Lowe, and Dolly Spragins demonstrate their favorite finishing methods a home-brewed wipe-on technique, traditional applications ...

  • Think Finish FirstThink Finish First

    by Jeff Jewitt

    Though many woodworkers are undaunted by complex joinery or intricate machining, they cringe at applying a finish. Jeff Jewitt gives an overview of finishes and ...

  • New Water-Based FinishesNew Water-Based Finishes

    by Andy Charron

    Andy Charron notes how water-based finishes have improved over the years and compares nine to a few tried-and true finishes. The ones he tested scored well on stain ...

  • Which Finishes Are Food Safe?Which Finishes Are Food Safe?

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Experts disagree about the best food-safe finishes. Finishes can be divided into two categories: film-forming finishes and penetrating finishes. For a cutting or ...

  • Using Waterborne FinishesUsing Waterborne Finishes

    by Andy Charron

    Andy Charron, author of a book on spray finishing, figured out a way to apply even coats of waterborne lacquers that are smooth and free of defects, whether using ...

  • Waterborne Finishes: Friendlier Than EverWaterborne Finishes: Friendlier Than Ever

    by Chris A. Minick

    Waterborne finishes are nontoxic, adhere well, raise the grain less than they used to, and are easy to use, dry fast, clean up with water and level out well. Finishing ...

  • Choosing a FinishChoosing a Finish

    by Chris A. Minick

    Finishing chemist Chris A. Minick considers three things when choosing a finish: the application equipment he has, the appearance he wants, and the degree of protection ...

  • Wood Against WeatherWood Against Weather

    by Jim Tolpin

    When it comes to outdoor furniture, you have to decide how you want it to look over its lifespan and how much time you’re willing to invest to maintain that appearance ...

  • Stains, Dyes and PigmentsStains, Dyes and Pigments

    by George Frank

    George Frank calls woodfinishing the stepchild of woodworking. Even its vocabulary is poor and misleading, he says. He explains the difference between dyeing and ...

  • Notes on FinishingNotes on Finishing

    by Ian J. Kirby

    Finishing seems to create as many problems at the end of a job as bad preparation of wood creates at the start, writes Ian Kirby. In this article, he makes a few ...

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