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Tip #46
Finishing Touches
Part 6 of 6 - Paints and Stains

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Any woodworker who's worked with hardwoods -- walnut, cherry, oak, etc. - knows how rich the grain patterns and colors are when compared with ordinary softwoods. Unfortunately, however, there aren't many of us who can afford to build every project out of these expensive hardwoods.

Even when we do use hardwoods, there are times when we just aren't completely satisfied with the way our projects look once we've finished. Freshly-worked cherry, for example, is regularly stained a deep brown to make it look aged. And for those occasions when we need to change the color or appearance of the wood we're using - or even cover it over completely - there are hundreds of paints and stains available to do the job. By mixing different colors and tints or combining techniques, you can achieve almost any effect you want.

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