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Hand-rubbed look is in the bag

Hand-rubbed look is in the bag

You could spend a lot of money on oil and pumice to get a hand-rubbed look on a varnish finish. But a brown paper bag will do a nice job as well.

Cut out a section of a paper bag and wad it up a few times to soften the surface. Then, fold it into a flat pad that fits your hand comfortably and rub your finish with it. The paper will knock down small dust nibs to create a matte finish.

-- Alan Bakke, Forrest Lake, Minn.

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Comments (3)
pleemon1 wrote:

I've used this tip for many years and always with excellent results. I wrap the paper around a small block of wood and unwind it as necessary.

8/25/2011 10:03:23 PM Report Abuse
billrd01 wrote:

I use 600 wet/dry sandpaper very lightly either wet or dry.

1/20/2011 12:56:25 PM Report Abuse
3-j wrote:

I think it is improved by crumpling the paper, which will aid in preventing buildup on the paper, which could mar the finish.

10/2/2010 11:01:24 AM Report Abuse

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