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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.
1 of 6 - Preparing the Surface
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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