This is a thorough guide for achieving perfect results with a wide range of finishes. A collection of articles compiled by the editors of Fine Woodworking magazine, it presents information on the latest finishing techniques as well as tried-and-true traditional methods.

It provides an education in using a rich variety of finishes, from clear finishes like wax, shellac and wiping varnish to brightly pigmented lacquers, dyes, stains and milk paint. The detailed instructions walk you through every step from surface preparation to final polishing, as well as how to troubleshoot issues, repair damaged finishes and create the illusion of age for antique reproductions. Beginner-friendly explanations instruct you in how to most effectively use brushes, cloths and pads for application, with a full section on spray finishing.

Softcover, 8 1/2" × 11", 220 pages, 2017.

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