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To finish woodworking projects properly, you have to understand wood and the countless different preparations used to color and protect it. How much wear will the surface receive? Will the finish create an effective seal against moisture? What kind of care will the wood require?
You also have to decide what kind of look you want. Do you want to bring out the grain or conceal it? Create a satin or a high-gloss surface? Use special painting techniques to give your project an antique look? Decorate the wood with gold leaf or stencil designs? Or apply a faux finish on plain wood to make it look like rare and expensive stock?
You'll find the experts' answers to all these questions and hundreds more—plus color charts, tables, photos, and diagrams—in this comprehensive handbook. Here are detailed instructions and helpful tips on preparing surfaces, from making invisible repairs and getting rid of glue spots to mixing slurries or working with commercial paste fillers.
When your wood is ready for staining, you'll want to consider the difference between a pigment and a dye, and between oil- and water-based stains. You'll weigh the pros and cons of applying your finish with a brush or sprayer, and then consider the advantages of a wipe-on finish. If you prefer brushes, learn the best way to use, clean, and store them—and find out why a more expensive brush is almost always worth the money.
Get professional advice on choosing the best clear finish and selecting the right solvent to use with it. Learn fine craftsmen techniques, including traditional French polish, and master such popular methods as duplicating an Arts and Crafts finish, creating a country look, and stripping and refinishing vintage pieces.
Added to all the essential information on every aspect of finishing, you'll find plans for two handy projects: a compact finishing center for your workshop and a turntable that gives you easy access to every surface of your piece without having to handle it.
- The Key to a Fine Finish
- Brushes and Solvents
- Staining Wood
- Choosing the Clear Finish That's Right for You
- Refining a Finish
- Painted and Antique Finishes
- Finishing Solutions of the Pros
- Faux Finishes and Other Fun Techniques
- Dealing with Old Finishes
- Outdoor Finishing
- Two Projects Just for Finishing
- Shop Tips
Book Size: 8 x 10"
Number of Pages: 176 pages plus covers
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