Finishes and Finishing
When it's time to apply a knockout finish, there are a lot of contenders. Some can take a punch; some bounce back fast. Here's how to choose the one that's a fair match for your project.
Most cans of finish list optimal drying times as if we all lived in San Diego: a temperature of 7
Finishing a sizable project part or assembly that doesn’t fit lying down on your workbench often requires positioning the piece upright.
Building a project from reclaimed lumber creates a piece with instant character, not to mention the green benefits of salvaging some wonderful material.
I’ve always believed that if a project’s finish doesn’t pass the “touch test”—when running your hands over the project, you feel a flawless, satin-smooth surface.
A clean space and fast finishes defeat these nasty nuisances.
An antique's finish often looks dull and lifeless. But stripping off the old and laying on a shiny new coating might rob the piece of both charm and monetary value. Here's an alternative.