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Wood finishing is an art, but anyone with the right instruction can apply an excellent looking finish. Here you will find tips, techniques, and how-to articles on applying a world class finish.


The Best Time to Learn About Wood Finishing as a Beginner

The best way to learn wood finishing as a beginner is to just learn about it as you are learning about woodworking. Don’t wait...

How to Finish Wood with Tru-Oil

Tru-Oil from Birchwood Casey is my absolute favorite wood finish. Not only does it enhance the natural beauty of wood, but it is also...
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High Gloss French Polishing

This board was one of my very first test pieces for the French Polishing process, and it has an extremely high gloss.  The reflection...
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10 Step Guide to Wood Finishing

Wood finishing can be a little tough to learn as a new woodworker, mainly because there is just so much information out there. Thankfully,...
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Finishing With Tru-Oil Video

Tru-Oil makes an excellent wood finisher out of anyone, is inexpensive, and can be used on almost any wooden project.  This is a hand applied...
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Staining Wood and Experimenting With Stains

Staining wood is a pretty straight forward process on the surface, but there is so much that you can do if you take the...
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Wood Finishing Tips – Cloth Finishing Pads

This wood finishing tips card is called Cloth Finishing Pads. As you use hand applied finishes, you will end up needing a lot of...
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Finishing With Danish Oil Part Two

This is Finishing With Danish Oil Part Two.  The video covers using Arm-R-Seal to top coat a Danish Oil Finish.  Danish Oil itself is...
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Wood Finishing Tips Cards – Close to the Wood Finishing

This wood finishing tips card is called Close to the Wood. When a finish is considered close to the wood, it means that the...
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Wood Finishing Tips Cards – Finishing Kids Toys

This wood finishing tips card is called Finishing Kids Toys. When you make and finish kids toys, you need to think about the finish...

Attention New Woodworkers!

a beginners guide to woodworking book to help new woodworkers make betterwoodworking projects Do you want to learn about woodworking and need a little help figuring it all out? I can show you what you need to know to be successful, including:
    • Why you don't actually want to be a woodworker.
    • The easy way to choose a successful project.
    • How to break down and analyze any project.
    • How to research your projects the right way.
    • How to pick a project that has a higher success rate.

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Staining Wood with Steel Wool and Vinegar

Staining wood with steel wool and vinegar is an easy way to incorporate an older method of chemically staining wood. Modern stains use dyes...
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Wood Finishing on the Lathe – A Basic Guide

Wood finishing on the lathe is a fun process. It takes a lot of the time out of finishing, and the results happen almost...
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Coloring Oil Finishes

Coloring oil finishes is done by adding Artist's pigments to an oil finish. These oils can then be applied to wood to create a...
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Using My New Fiebings Dye Stains

I am really excited to share my experience with my new Fiebings dye stains that I picked up from Tandy Leather Factory. I have...
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Dye Stain Tips

My favorite kind of wood stains are dye stains, and for a number of reasons.  Dye stains can be mixed together to create custom...
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Easy Wood Finishes for Beginners

One of the biggest hurtles to woodworking is wood finishing. Thankfully, there are some easy wood finishes for beginners. Hand applied finishes have been...
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7 Ways to Get Better at Finishing

Here are my 7 ways to get better at finishing. Wood finishing is an art. It is also an easy art at the beginning...
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Rustic Wood Staining Technique

Rustic pieces are super popular. This rustic wood staining technique will have you creating rustic finishes on your projects easily, and with one simple...
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Tried and True Danish Oil

Tried and True Danish Oil is a favorite finish of mine. I like this finish in particular because it is safe for contact with...
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Wood Finishing Tips Cards -How To Choose a Finish

This Woodworking Tips Card is called How to Choose a Finish. When you walk into the woodworking store, the wall full of finishing products...