Finishes and Finishing
Find finishing techniques, tips, and tricks including stains, water-based and oil finishes, dyes, exterior finishes, and urethanes. You'll also learn how to create your own finishes.
I’m a beginning woodworker using oil stain on a cabinet for the first time. When I wipe off the excess, I’m having a hard time getting it out of interior corners. Any advice?
Easy to mix, easy to use, and compatible with any topcoat. Prepare to dye.
Though it pains me to hide all that beautiful grain, I’ve got a honey-do request for painted black furniture.
Do solvents, such as denatured alcohol, mineral spirits, acetone, or lacquer thinner, ever go bad or have a “best-if-used-by” shelf-life?
I’d like to make a Chinese checker board. How can I do this without the stain bleeding outside the triangles?
I’ve always used a brush to apply stain, and sometimes I have trouble blending the overlapping areas to avoid them showing when the stain dries. Is there a better way?