Throw away expensive gimmicks and learn how the pros consistently get a perfect wood finish with basic materials, tools, and techniques. Create professional-quality finishes every time on your woodwork projects with the help of the tips and guidance from the pages of American Woodworker magazine. This magazine will teach you so many new wood-finishing skills, like how to use simple materials to wipe or brush the wood. With the expert advice in this book, you'll no longer need to spend vast amounts of money on expensive, professional spray equipment, nor will you need to spend hours learning how to use it. Stay away from those costly tools and learn how the professionals get a perfect wood finish every time. You'll learn professional tips and tricks that focus on brushable polyurethane varnish, brushable shellac, and wipe-on glaze coats as well as how to use and clean a fine finishing brush. This magazine also includes tips on when to brush vs. when to wipe the finish on the wood and how to get a flawless finish without the tedious labor of rubbing out. There are tips for matching colors, making nondescript woods like poplar look great, and applying a glaze coat. A special section covers techniques for reviving damaged finishes, erasing water damage, and, when all else fails, stripping off the old wood finish and starting over. Topics included are: *Advice on Basic Materials *Tools and Techniques *How to Minimize Costly Mistakes and Ensure Beautiful Surfaces *Choosing Finishes and Matching Colors *Brushing Shellac, Brushable Poly, and Wipe-On Glaze Coats *Repairing Damaged Finishes and Successful Stripping *And much, much more! With easy-to-follow instructions and more than 300 workshop photographs that illustrate every step, you'll be doing great work sooner than you think.