Woodworking Finishing Tips
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1. What type of Brushes
The most important thing to consider in finishing is to start with a very good brush. It does NOT need to be expensive. A high quality Foam Brush qualifies.

2. Extending the life of tack cloths
Store them in zipper-style freezer bags to keep them from drying out. This is excellent woodworking finishing tips!

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3. An easy way to Store Wood Glue
Save a plastic mustard bottle with a twist top. The twist top keeps the bottle airtight. Twist open to use; twist closed to store. The glue does not stick to the plastic. I buy Klingspor's Yellow Wood Glue by the gallon. This is a good way to store smaller quantities of wood glue. By the way, you should try Klingspor's yellow wood glue. It is better than the others.

4. Minimize thickening of stored polyurethane and oil finishes
The repeated opening and closing of cans leave the lids distorted. When this happens, it is hard to get a tight seal.
Place a piece of a plastic bag over the lid then tap it into place. The plastic bag will act as a gasket and help seal out the air.

5. Keeping Shop Dust Off Freshly Finished Projects
Use a large cardboard box. First, seal all box folds and openings with clear or masking tape. Then, cut a hinged "door" in one side of the box. Place small projects inside the box and close the door to allow them to dry in a dust-free environment.

6. Write down that finish!
Jot down the finish of the project on your sketch or Bill of Materials. If you use different finishes or procedures,you can remember which one you like for that type of project. In addition, if you ever need to repair a scratch or other blemish, you'll know what you used originally. That will match everything up.

7. Removing glue lines from wood
Use a quality scraper. It works better than anything else. Woodworking finishing tips recommends that you can use a Chisel on end to substitue for a scraper.

8. Keeping stains and finishes off your hands
Get a box of quality Nitrile gloves. You can use them many times. Let the inside dry out before the next use.
You can use a little talcum powder on your hands, if the gloves are hard to get on. The best ones are Kimberly-Clark Purple Nitrile Exam Gloves. They are thicker than others from discount catalogs or home centers. You can find them on eBay at a good price.

9. Achieving a urethane finish without bubbles
Often, brushed-on polyurethane finishes end up having bubbles. Use a quality Foam Brush to avoid this.

10. A great alternative wood filler
Try using acrylic modeling paste from your local art supply store. You can color it with acrylic artists' colors that dry fast and hard. It's tough enough to adhere very well, even when built-up. Once it is hard, you can shape and sand just like wood.

11. Make your own custom-matched wood putty
Save the sanding dust from your sander. Mix it with ordinary, water-soluble wood glue. Keep the dust from different species separated to achieve the best match.

12. Particle-free smoother for wood finishes
Conventional abrasives and steel wools can leave small particles or steel fibers in wood finishes during the smoothing process. When smoothing a finish, try 600-grit wet/dry sandpaper with lemon treatment. You can even try ScotchBrite pads.

13. Concealing scratches in mahogany and similar dark woods
When you need to repair a blemish or scratch in dark-colored wood,try ordinary household iodine. Apply with the torn end of a match stick or cotton swab. It may take several coats to cover properly.

14. Workpiece holders
The next time you need to come up with a way to hold a workpiece that you've just finished, try the three or four-pronged, plastic "stand-offs" that are used to keep carryout pizza boxes from collapsing.

Woodworking Finishing Tips for Bristle Brushes.

15. Recycling mineral spirits
When cleaning brushes, most pigments and other contaminants cleaned with mineral spirits will settle to the bottom of the container. It may take a couple of weeks. Once settled, just pour off the spirits and dispose of the settlings properly.

16. Pre-treating brushes for easier clean-up
If you use a brush try this. Before using a brush to apply a finish, dip it into a container filled with the solvent recommended for clean-up or thinning. Then, when applying your finish, never dip the bristles of your brush to more than about 1/3 of their length. By following these two simple techniques, brush clean-up will be much easier. A woodworking finishing tips extra.

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