- Seal First for a Better Finish
Sealers and their use are a source of confusion to many woodworkers, but they needn't be. In truth, the first coat of any finish will act as a sealer, penetrating ...
- Q & A: Seal with shellac before using grain filler
- High-Gloss Finish Made Simple
Learn the secrets to applying a high-gloss finish that brings out the color, depth, and figure in wood. Brushing or spraying alone won't do it. The secret is applying ...
- Bring Out the Best in Mahogany
When planning the finish for this mahogany bookcase, Peter Gedrys knew that he had a diamond in the rough. The boards already had beautiful figure and color that ...
- Video: Use Epoxy to Fill Voids in Wood
Combine a 5-minute epoxy and black pigment to make a natural-looking filler
- Video: Refinishing Furniture: Step Three--Sealing and Coloring with Shellac
Professional techniques to seal and color the wood. Third in a five-part video series on refinishing.
- Q & A: A Quick Fix for Checks, Gaps, and Tearout
- Q & A: Dilute Shellac to Stain Veneered Plywood
- Q & A: What Caused the Pits in a Varnished Tabletop?
- Video: Furniture From Reclaimed Lumber
Michael 'Vintage' Perkins shares tips for building furniture from recycled barn wood at the 2006 Fine Furnishings Show
- Tips for Painting MDF
Seal the edges with drywall putty to ensure a consistent coat when painting medium density fiberboard
- Pitfalls of Finishing Pine
Cross-grain scratches, bleeding pitch, and blotchy staining can mar your finish if you don't use proper techniques
- Video: Filling Flaws in Wood
Make a dent look like a natural blemish
- A Durable Exterior Finish
On any piece of wood exposed to the elements, whether it is your front door or the patio furniture, a durable finish is crucial. Sean Clarke swears by a two-step ...
- Make Your Own Grain Fillers
Wood finisher Jeff Jewitt offers two formulas for filling the pores of open-grained woods such as oak, walnut, and mahagony. Linseed oil and pumice filler will ...