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.
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?
The makers of a lot of wood finishing products describe how they “nourish the wood” or “replace natural oils.” Are these accurate statements or hokum?
In issue 155, page 112, you talked about polyurethane glues. Once the foam dries and you chisel it off, does the glue prevent the wood from absorbing stain?
I finished my workbench top with several applications of Watco Danish Oil, top and bottom. I know it periodically will need re-oiling. Should I re-oil the bottom, too?
I want to remove the clear finish from a piece of furniture. What is the best chemical to use? This isn’t a valuable antique, merely an old table that’s showing wear.
I’m working with a wide piece of walnut that has sapwood on one edge. Is there a good way to stain the sapwood to match the heartwood?