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  1. Waterborne Wood Finish Basics

    Finishing furniture parts with a waterborne topcoat

    Finishes that clean up with water are often referred to as "water-based", which is a little misleading. From a technical standpoint, "waterborne" is a much more fitting term.

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  2. Green Finishing Products

    Preventing environmental damage by using green woodworking finishes

    As environmental sciences get more sophisticated, woodworkers are starting to pay more attention to what finishes they use and what effect they have on the environment.

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  3. What's the Best Way to Stain and Finish Highly Figured Woods?

    Applying topcoat over dyed curly maple

    What is the best way to apply a stain finish on a highly figured hardwood?

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  4. What Is Wipe-on Wood Finish?

    Applying a danish oil woodworking finish

    In this video, we discuss wipe on finishes and how they can be used to enhance your next project.

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  5. Finishing Comparison Guide

    Brushing a wood finish on a box joint

    Here are some common finishes with simple guides to their appearance, durability and application.

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  6. Cleaning and Polishing with Hand Tools

    Flattening a piece of lumber using a smoothing plane

    Among the expressions we use for the different phases of furniture making, such as "Prepare the stock" or "Mark the joints," "Clean up and polish" is the endgame expression I've always known and taught.

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  7. Best Budget HVLP Spray Gun

    applying paint to cabinet door with hvlp spray gun

    One of the best ways to apply paint, stain, polyurethane and other finishes to woodworking or home improvement projects is with a High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) spray finishing system. The Rockler HVLP Finishing Sprayer is ideal for DIYers and woodworkers looking for a smooth, professional-quality finish in very little time. It's great for applying varnishes, urethanes, stains, sealants, water-based lacquers, milk paints and latex paints.

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  8. The Basics of Applying Shellac

    Creating a mixture of shellac flakes and denatured alcohol

    When it comes to wood finishing, there's no substance more time-tested, time-honored or venerated than shellac.

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