- Pitfalls of Finishing Pine
Cross-grain scratches, bleeding pitch, and blotchy staining can mar your finish if you don't use proper techniques
- Video: A Two-Step Finish for Wood Turnings
Lacquer is durable and quick to apply.
- Video: Gluing Cracked Wood
Fix small cracks with a spot of glue
- Video: Planing Frame-and-Panel Doors
Use a plane rather than sandpaper to prepare the final surface
- Video: Steaming Out Dents
A household iron and patience returns dented wood back to new
- Video: Using a Card Scraper
Forget sanding -- a properly used scraper will create a mirror surface
- All About Surface Preparation
- Sanding Basics
Proper sanding is a crucial part of woodworking, whether the goal is to remove marks left by the planer and jointer, eliminate tiny imperfections after handplaning, ...
- Steel Wool vs. Abrasive Pads
Jeff Jewitt, a furniture finisher and restorer, does detective work to determine whether steel wool or abrasive pads products work best for the various steps of ...
- Surface Prep: Why Sanding Isn't Enough
Jointer and planer knives go dull after just a few board feet, heating the surface of your wood and pounding it into compressed fibers. In this article, Philip ...
- Paste Wood Fillers
When finishing open-grained woods, you can fill the pores with paste wood filler if your goal is to achieve a refined, elegant, glass-smooth look, according to ...
- Tips for Better Sanding
With thoughtful planning and the right tools, sanding doesn’t have to be tedious. Lon Schleining actually enjoys sanding! He approaches it in two stages: shaping ...
- From Rough to Finish
Sometimes you have to take the lumber you can get, even if it has defects; just have faith in your machines. Gary Rogowski explains different milling strategies ...
- Making Sense of Sandpaper
As Strother Purdy of Fine Woodworking learned, you can’t go right buying cheap sandpaper, but it’s still easy to go wrong with the best sandpaper that’s available. ...
- Working Highly Figured Wood
Until Peter Tischler became familiar with the underlying structure and reasons behind beautiful grain and figure, he had difficulties working the surfaces of such ...