Wood Finishing Tips

Clear finishes like polyurethane protect the wood from moisture damage and daily wear and tear, so not only does it make your project more durable, but a good finish can enhance the natural beauty of the wood grain. timber. Although coloring is optional, you will definitely want to apply a clear top coat for long-term protection and durability.
We've covered the basics of wood finishing, what products and tools to use, and how to use them, with some additional pro tips and tricks!

Get a silky smooth finish on your next project!

Sand the curves by hand

Sand curved surfaces, and other areas that an electric sander cannot reach, by hand. Treat all areas equally, using the same progression of sandpaper grits for hand and power sanding. Start with 80 grit to sand down imperfections, then use 120 grit and finally 180 grit. Using exactly these grits is not vital (100-150-180 works too), but it is important to work your way through the steps, removing the deepest scratches and leaving finer scratches. every time.

Unscratched sand

A random orbital sander leaves scratches that are virtually invisible, so you can sand joints where the grain changes direction. But move slowly (about 1 inch per second) and apply light pressure. Otherwise, you will have round scratches.

Test stains thoroughly

You cannot trust the stain samples displayed in stores. The actual color varies greatly depending on the type of wood and how you prepared it for finishing. So save your project leftovers, run them through the same sanding process, and use them to test finishes. If you haven't created the item you're finishing, run tests in an inconspicuous area, for example at the bottom of a table. Test the stain on the leftovers to get the desired color. Leaving leftover stains on the wood for longer or shorter periods will not affect the color much. If you are looking for a custom color, you can mix dyes from the same brand.

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Source: Jen Woodhouse

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