• Finishing Wood

    A great finish can make even a simple project look terrific. A bad finish can ruin the most well-built, sophisticated piece of furniture. Finishing can be a daunting and mystifying task to many woodworkers and DIYers who fear wrecking their projects at this late stage in the process. This collection of articles from Fine Woodworking brings together the best information on a rich variety of finishing techniques.

    Nowadays, finishing wood doesn't just embrace fine clear finishes like shellac and French polishing, but also bright pigmented lacquers, dyes and stains, milk paint, and "crackled" paint. Finishing Wood features a whole section on the hot new trend of colouring wood.

    Also included is timeless information on preparing a surface before you apply a finish (a critical first step) as well as tried-and-true methods for applying all the traditional finishes, whether by brush or by spraying.

  • Intarsia and Marquetry
    With 55 full-page illustrations this is an historical reproduction of the original book published before 1923. (With occasional imperfections from the preservation process) It features in depth discussion on Intarsia and Marquetry including: *Historical notes-Antiquity. *Italy in Medieval and Renaissance times. *The cloistered Intarsiatori and their pupils *In Germany and Holland, England and France. *The process of manufacture *Limitations and capabilities of the art *Workshops receipts.
  • Success with Finishing

    A comprehensive guide to all aspects of finishing, from a quick, easy wipe-on accent to a full-grain French Polish:

    • Tools and equipment
    • Preparation
    • Staining
    • Polishing
    • Varnish
    • Floor seals
    • Spray finishes
    • Health and safetyColour photos guide you through the diverse finishes available, their characteristics and suitability for the job at hand, and the most appropriate application methods.
  • Wood Finishing Fixes

    An expert provides quick & effective, colour illustrated answers to 175+ most frequently asked questions:

    • What finish do I need for a front door?
    • Do I need to sand between each coat?
    • Can I lighten a too-dark stain?
    • What finish is best for items that come in contact with food?
    • How do I get a uniform stain on diversely coloured woods?
    • How do I fix a dent that's too deep to sand out?