Preparing a Surface

No matter what type of finish you choose to put on a project, the end result will depend upon the degree to which the surface was properly prepared. The Basics: • Planing: Hand planes offer a nice surface, while machines are rough • Scraping: A well-tuned
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    with Asa Christiana

    This simple addition to shopmade sanding blocks makes a big difference

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    by Geoff Guzynski

    Learn a fast and simple way to replicate the ancient Japanese Jin di sugi finish using an angle grinder fitted with a wire brush, some stain, and this technique. ...

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    by Mark Schofield

    In part two of The Language of Finishing, learn the terms used to describe the process of preparing a surface for finishing, and applying the finish itself. From ...

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    by Teri Masaschi

    Just about everybody has one, but not everybody knows how to use it effectively. To get the most from your random-orbit sander, you need to know how to handle the ...

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    by Garrett Hack

    How you break the edges can make or break your projects

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    by Sara Robinson

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    by Asa Christiana

    Which method works best when preparing wood for a finish -- handplane or sandpaper? To find out, we set up a friendly competition between two FWW staffers. Each ...

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    by Jim Budlong

    A shellac polish finish can be a very attractive option for cabinets or other low-wear objects.

  • High-Gloss Finish Made SimpleHigh-Gloss Finish Made Simple

    by Sean Clarke

    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 ...

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    by Christian Becksvoort

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    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 ...

  • Man or Machine?Man or Machine?

    by Anissa Kapsales

    The unique work of Duncan Gowdy shows landscapes in wood that are so complex and consistent that it would be easy to assume they were carved with a CNC router or ...

  • Mastering the Card ScraperMastering the Card Scraper

    by Matthew Teague

    Take a tutorial on using the card scraper -- a simple tool that, once mastered, will help you smooth surfaces and transform your work.From Fine Woodworking #201...

  • FWW Poll: How You Smooth WoodFWW Poll: How You Smooth Wood

    by Fine Woodworking editors

    Sanding wins out over scraping or planing, according to the latest Knots poll

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    by Jeff Weiss

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