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Compiled by the editors of Fine Woodworking, this book presents helpful advice on a range of finishing topics, from surface preparation and finish selection to applying finishes and fixing common mistakes.

In addition to methods for applying wax, lacquer, varnish, shellac and oil, it explains how to color wood with dyes, stains and gels, including how to combine them to achieve various effects, and how to adjust color to match an existing finish. It also suggests fixes for mistakes in finishing, outlines a range of tips and techniques for bringing out the best in several common wood species, and provides finishing options for foodware.

A trustworthy resource.

Softcover, 8 1/2" × 11", 235 pages, 2011.

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