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  1. Color Matching Wood Finishes



    Samples of matching dye and hue colors on lumber


    Follow these steps to matching colors and hues from one species of wood to another.

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  2. Best Way to Clean and Polish Wood Furniture



    Liberon Black Bison paste wax finish


    What should I use on my wood furniture? It's a question I frequently get just after someone hears an ad promoting some spray polish that "works like magic." Here's the sad truth: if it is ridiculously easy to use, it's probably not what you expect. Life’'s just like that.

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  3. Video: Applying Wood Stain Demo

    Applying Old Masters wiping stain


    We’ve had to cancel our in-store demonstrations in the coming weeks, so we’re moving the demos online. This week Rob Johnstone shows you the basics of applying Old Masters Wiping Stain. and Old Masters Fast Dry Wood Stain.

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  4. Building High Gloss Finish from the Ground Up



    Cans of glossy finishes


    Gloss finishes lend elegance to wood, both by reflecting light and by adding depth and clarity. Thus, a clear gloss finish should be transparent enough to see the wood beneath, and shiny enough to dazzle the eye. For that to happen, we’ll need to choose a very clear finish, then level it to a fare-thee-well.

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  5. Coloring Walnut: A Simple Transformation



    Differently colored walnut lumber


    Adding life to a wan-looking piece of walnut can be the detail that takes a project from bland to beautiful. Learn how to make walnut look very much like it did in the good old days!

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  6. The Challenge of Finishing a Wood Slab



    Finished piece of slab lumber as a tabletop


    Spring cleaning? It’s time to check your stock of finishes to decide what is still usable and how to safely and legally dispose of what isn’t. It’s also a good time to go over the best ways to store finish for long life.

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  7. How to Determine If Stored Finishes Are Still Good



    containers of old finishing supplies


    Spring cleaning? It’s time to check your stock of finishes to decide what is still usable and how to safely and legally dispose of what isn’t. It’s also a good time to go over the best ways to store finish for long life.

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  8. Foolproof Finish for Small Items



    Dipping small woodworking items to finish them


    When holiday projects are done and the wood chips swept up, it’s time to apply finish. One of the quickest, easiest, and most foolproof ways to finish small items is to dip them in a finish.

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