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Finishing Touches Preparing the Surface


This marks the beginning of a six-part series on finishing?one of the most often overlooked elements of creating a professional-looking woodworking project -- and without a doubt, one of the most important. Beginning and experienced woodworkers alike frequently spend countless hours building a project to perfection, only to get in a hurry as the project nears completion and end up ruining everything by doing a half-hearted job of applying the finish. Our first installment, ?Preparing the surface?, will be followed in the next issue with Applying an oil finish. Then, we'll move on to Applying a natural finish, Applying a synthetic finish, Refinishing and finishing-up our series with Paints & Stains. So, let's get started.

The true beauty of any woodworking project depends on three things: a good design, good craftsmanship and a good finish, In the long run, the finish may actually be the most important of the three?even though it's often the most neglected. And this, more often than not, is a simple matter of not knowing what to do in this all-important step. We hope this series will solve that problem.

The first step in applying a professional finish is preparing the surface to receive it. Poor surface preparation will botch-up all the work you've put into the project to this point and cost you money, since rough surfaces can easily suck-up 20% to 30% more finishing materials than a properly prepared surface. And depending on the finish you're applying and the overall size of your project, this could translate to some big bucks!



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