Finishing Your Projects

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Water-based Finish over an Oil-based Finish

    General Finishes EF High Performance Polyurethane


    Woodworking Myth: You should never put a water-based finish on top of an oil-based finish. Jim Carroll explains why it’s not only acceptable to use a water-based finish over and oil finish – provided you do it correctly – but that it can be the best solution when you want to bring out the natural character and color of the wood.

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