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4 steps to a perfect polyurethane finish

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Prepare your workpiece
Board with glue and scraper
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Pour the wood-grain filler directly
onto the workpiece and spread it
across the grain with a plastic putty
knife or plastic scraper to force it
into the pores.

Prepare your workpiece

A glass-smooth finish begins with a level, even surface. To achieve this on open-grain woods (oak, ash, walnut, or mahogany, for instance), first fill the pores with a wood-grain filler, photo right.

Quick Tip! Wood-grain fillers come in different colors; you can choose one to blend with the color of the workpiece for an even appearance, or select one that contrasts for more pronounced grain.

Scrape off the excess and let dry. Sand the workpiece to 220 grit.

Continued on page 2:  Apply stain and poly


Comments (2)
bonsaiist wrote:

12/16" seemed a little close. But I'm sure you meant 12" - 16"...

11/20/2014 02:42:54 PM Report Abuse
penman194915830 wrote:

These tips are great, but all I ever see is tips on how to finish a flat surface on a flat workbench. The most difficult part of finishing is when I have a vertical surface that I cannot lay flat. Any tips on how to keep the finish from running - besides using less finish? What about curved surfaces such as a camel-back style trunk?

11/13/2014 11:50:26 AM Report Abuse

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