Finishing Your Projects

  1. Adding Wood Carving Reliefs to Southwestern Style-Furniture

    Uncarved Southwestern entry bench

    If carving isn't for you or isn't in your repertoire, Southwestern-style projects like this entry bench still look great without the extra detail. We understand that carving is not something every woodworker would choose to do. It is, however, a traditional element in Southwestern furniture.

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  2. Refacing Your Cabinets with Veneer

    In this article, we'll take you through the process of refacing your cabinets with pressure sensitive wood veneer and precut end panels. Along with providing step by step instructions, we'll point out the tools and materials you'll need to complete the project, all of which are available at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware.

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  3. Rubbing Out a Finish

    When you apply the final coat of clear wood finish to a project, are you “finished”? That depends on the look you’re after. In reality, simply applying a few coats of clear finish and waiting for them to dry rarely leads to a smooth, consistent look. Most of the time, you have to “finish the finish”.

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  4. How to Make a High-Gloss Finish While Turning on a Lathe with Friction Polish

    There are a lot of good friction polishes that create a nice, clear finish on both natural wood and wood that's already been stained. I just can’t deny it — I am an instant gratification sort of woodworker. So, when I am looking for a clear finish on my turned pieces — and I predominantly turn bowls — I almost always reach for a friction polish. They are easy to apply, build up quickly and look great.

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  5. Why Is It Important To Apply Shellac Before Stain?

    Bare Wood, Wood Conditioner and Shellac Look

    Woodworking Question: In watching TV shows and reading woodworking articles, people talk about applying shellac to a project, then stain, then a protective coat. Why the shellac before the stain? Here's what our experts had to say.

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  6. How to Fill Cracks in Wood without Wood Putty

    Filling cracked or knotty wood without using wood putty may seem a difficult task, but there are a few options. Sometimes the perfect piece of wood is not all there. I’m not saying it’s crazy; just missing some parts. There can be cracks in a knot, voids in a burl or other anomalies. Being able to fill them means you can still use that special plank.

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  7. Finish for a Workbench?

    It's a matter of personal style. For some woodworkers the term "workbench" refers to a set of sawhorses and a salvaged door slab. For others, no workbench is complete until it sports a beautiful high gloss finish. For anyone out there wondering how to spiff-up a workbench the right way, here's a little advice from two expert woodworkers:

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  8. Getting Rid of Saw Blade Burns

    saw blade burn marks

    Have you ever numbed your fingers or unintentionally rounded off a nice, square edge sanding out saw blade burn marks? You're not alone. A woodworker asks our experts: Other than sanding, is there any other way to remove burn marks caused by a table saw blade? I use a Forrest blade and still get burn marks on oak. Here's how three accomplished woodworkers responded.

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