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Finishing Products

  • Caring for BrushesCaring for Brushes

    by David Sorg

    Cleaning brushes is a chore that few people look forward to, but it isn't all that complicated. David Sorg explains what to do even before you use the brush to ...

  • Waterborne Finishes Come of AgeWaterborne Finishes Come of Age

    by Chris A. Minick

    In the 11 years since consulting editor Chris A. Minick last tested waterborne finishes, these products have improved significantly. And that's good news, because ...

  • Applying an Aerosol FinishVideo: Applying an Aerosol Finish

    with Mark Schofield

    Proper techniques yield a flawless finish

  • Use Pullover for a Hand-Rubbed Lacquer FinishVideo: Use Pullover for a Hand-Rubbed Lacquer Finish

    with Sean Clarke

    To remove brush marks, make the denim rubber, and start polishing

  • Choosing SandpaperChoosing Sandpaper

    by Scott Gibson

    The subject of sandpaper grows more complicated each year, as manufacturers offer more and more types of abrasives, backings, and adhesives in a wider variety of ...

  • Wipe-On Finish TestWipe-On Finish Test

    by Chris A. Minick

    Consulting editor Chris Minick put 17 wipe-on finishes to the test and discovered that the best performers weren't necessarily the most expensive. His study included ...

  • Varnishing SecretsVarnishing Secrets

    by David Sorg

    If youve never tried a rubbed and polished finish because you feared the hours of work required or experience needed, youll be surprised at how easy David Sorg ...

  • Versatile ShellacVersatile Shellac

    by Peter Gedrys

    Professional finisher Peter Gedrys breaks down the mysteries of shellac the wide varieties available, what types to use, which form is best for which wood, and ...

  • 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 ...

  • Finishing MahoganyFinishing Mahogany

    by Jeff Jewitt

    If you want your finish to enrich the colors of that bland mahogany, try this recipe. To understand how to finish mahogany, one must know its history. In this article, ...

  • 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, ...

  • Gel Stain User's Guide(1)Gel Stain User's Guide(1)

    by Teri Masaschi

    Gel stains are often spurned by serious finishers but not always for good reason, according to Teri Masachi, a professional finisher. In this article, she reveals ...

  • Safe and Simple Arts and Crafts FinishSafe and Simple Arts and Crafts Finish

    by Jeff Jewitt

    Gustav Stickley worked tirelessly to perfect a finishing process for quartersawn white oak using ammonia fuming. His noted process isn’t hard, but it does have ...

  • A Traditional French PolishA Traditional French Polish

    by Sean Clarke

    Sean Clarke studied the intricacies of French polishing under French masters, and demonstrates his knowledge in this article. Clarke shares the recipe he’s been ...

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