Finishes and Finishing

Don't be intimidated by the finishing process. We'll guide you to the right finish for your project—polyurethane, lacquer, shellac, and more—and show you how to get picture-perfect, repeatable results.

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Oil vs. Film, Choose Your Finish
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.
Finishing Brush Tips
Still handy after all these years
Show Off Figure with Dye
Quilted maple and other figured woods gain depth as well as brilliant color when you choose this type of stain. Here's everything you need to know for success.
Great Finishes for the Great Outdoors
Help your projects stand up to Mother Nature by using the right finish.
Pressure-treated lumber: to finish or not to finish?
I’m building some outdoor projects out of pressure-treated lumber and am wondering what finish, if any, I should use?
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What's the best way to fill in nicks?
My projects sometimes have nicks that need to be filled. I’ve heard a little bit about a burnin technique. How difficult is that skill to learn?
How can you eliminate brush marks when finishing?
When applying gloss polyurethane varnish to my latest project, I wound up with brush marks. What should I have done differently?
What's the best way to fill in nicks?

My projects sometimes have nicks that need to be filled. I’ve heard a little bit about a burnin technique. How difficult is that skill to learn?