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6 Simple Finish Recipes

Creating a flawless finish can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Take the mystery out of wood finishing and avoid costly and frustrating mistakes with these simple recipes. Each recipe includes a video demonstration, step-by-step instructions, and a list of product recommendations that will give you the confidence to create a perfect finish on your next project!


Stain Finish for Highly Figured Wood
Highly Figured Wood Recipe


How to apply stain to pop the grain on highly figured hardwoods, such as curly or fiddleback maple.

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Natural Finish for Close Grained Hardwoods
Natural Finish for Close Grained Hardwoods


How to apply a beautiful natural finish to close grained hardwoods, such as birch, maple, cherry and others.

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Natural Finish for Softwoods
Natural Finish for Softwoods


How to apply a natural and durable finish to softwoods, such as pine, Douglas Fir, cedar and others.

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Painting Wood Projects
paint on wood swatch


How to prepare and apply a smooth and durable paint finish to any wood.

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Stain Finish for Close Grained Hardwoods
Stain Finish for Close Grained Hardwoods


How to apply an even stain finish to close grained hardwoods, such as birch, maple, cherry.

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Stain Finish for Open Grained Hardwood
Stain Finish for Open Grained Hardwood


How to apply stain to open grained hardwoods, such as red and white oak, ash, and mahogany.

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