When to apply a wax finish

Should You Wax That? – The Why And The How To Apply A Wax Finish

So you’ve completed a project, you’ve already looked into durable top-coat finishes, and you’ve come across the idea of waxing. From what you’ve seen, this looks like an incredibly easy, and mess-free finish. It’s cheap, it’s easy to apply, it doesn’t stink up your shop… What’s not to love? Well… I hate to crap on your cupcake, but unfortunately I must. A wax finish is … Read More

Wood finishes

Wood Finishes 101 – Polyurethane vs Varnish vs Lacquer vs Shellac

When it comes to woodworking projects, you have so many options and very few limitations. From the species of wood you use, to the type of milling used to create the boards, tons of joinery options, unlimited ways to personalize your project, variations of design ideas, and more. But when all that comes to an end, when all the options and all the choices you’ve … Read More

How to sand wood

How To Sand Wood Like You Know What You’re Doing

I’m sure you probably know some basics on how to sand wood, but I wanted to really break it down to help you save time and get sanding done with minimal effort and maximum results. So that’s why I titled this How To Sand Wood Like You Know What You’re Doing. Sanding your wood is not always a fun process. In fact, for me it … Read More

How to apply wipe on poly

How To Apply Wipe On Poly

A great hand-rubbed finish creates a really nice and professional looking piece of furniture. Sometimes it’s just not practical to brush on poly for various reasons. Or maybe you haven’t learned and perfected that technique. Whatever the case, you may be better off learning how to apply wipe on poly. I’ve finished most of the furniture I’ve built with wipe on poly. It’s easy and … Read More