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  • How to Apply Flocking
    4:30

    Master woodworker George Vondriska provides tips on how to apply flocking to wood for your woodworking projects. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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  • Create a Crackle Finish on Wood
    5:35

    A crackle finish on wood is something that can happen naturally over time or something you can do to a woodworking project right away. George Vondriska takes you step by step through the process and shows you how to achieve this weathered look using hide glue and two contrasting paint colors. Liquid Hide Wood Glue

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  • Finish Application Tips
    8:01

    Master woodworker George Vondriska provides tips on how to expertly apply finish to your woodworking projects. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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  • Tips for Choosing Aerosol Tips
    3:00

    George Vondriska teaches you how to choose the type of aerosol can tip you plan to use for finishing your woodworking projects. Various nozzles have different shaped tips, so the spray comes out in a unique pattern. You should be aware of the tip that you are using before you go to apply your aerosol

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  • Anti-Dust Finishing Tip
    1:32

    Most woodworkers have some airborne dust and particulates floating in their shop, and some of those particles can settle on a not-quite-dried finish. George Vondriska demonstrates a neat and inexpensive trick for protecting small woodworking projects from dust when finishing. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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  • How Sanding Affects Your Stain Color
    3:13

    Believe it or not, the most important step in the finishing process is sanding. George Vondriska and Matt Newborg show you how different sand paper grit can affect the final stain color of your woodworking projects.

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  • How to Repair Wood Cracks
    2:36

    Master woodworker George Vondriska teaches you how to repair wood cracks in your woodworking projects. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video. You might also be interested in: Furniture Leg Repair – How to Fix a Broken Leg, Repairing an Old Chair, or Restoring Veneer on an Antique

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  • Airless Sprayers in Your Shop
    2:49

    When it comes to applying stains and topcoats to your woodworking projects, HVLP sprayers work great. But what about those projects you plan to paint? Master woodworker George Vondriska shows you why airless sprayers are probably your best bet. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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19 Responses to “Wood Finishing”
  1. Angela Villafana

    My father was a master wood finisher, now retired and getting bored. Wonder if there is a student program out there, where he can earn a few extra dollars and teach what he loves to do best?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello. Red oak is a porous wood, so I like to use a grain filler to get a flatter surface. Here is my favorite one: http://amzn.to/2p1KZCO
      Use that according to the instructions and you’ll get a great surface. I generally apply poly to most of my products, and I really like this product: https://amzn.to/2n6UePg
      Thanks
      Paul-WWGOA

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  2. PAUL

    I’m going to be building a display case for a signed Boston Bruins jersey for my son-in-law. He wants it to be black. What species of wood will take a black stain well. I really don’t want to use a soft wood like pine. Also I do not want to paint….. any help would be most appreciated. Ticket 23226

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Paul,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      I would use walnut for this, to give it the best dark starting point possible. I would also recommend this dye rather than a traditional pigment stain: https://amzn.to/2UIuM1A. It’s not cheap, but it will give you a much better black color than a stain.

      Sincerely,

      Paul
      Woodworkers Guild of America Video Membership

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  3. Doug

    I want to seal an old door that looks great, all weathered, lots of crackled paint. Will Shellac work for this? It is my preference for environmental reasons. Thank you!

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Doug. Shellac is a good sealer but is not weather resistant so you would want to apply a different top coat on top of the shellac, such as exterior poly.
      Thanks
      Paul-Woodworkers Guild of America

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Paul. Hickory is known to have wide variations in hardness across a section, which leads to blotchiness when stain is applied. Therefore, I’d recommend leaving the color natural if you can. If you have to apply stain, I’d suggest using a pre-stain conditioner such as this one: https://amzn.to/2GRmTB6. Use whatever topcoat you’d like.
      Thanks
      Paul-Woodworkers Guild of America

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  4. Tim

    Building a new fireplace mantle.want it to look as antique as possible? how should I stain and seal?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Tim. For a nice classic look I would recommend a Danish Oil such as Watco. You can use clear or tinted, depending on your tastes.
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      Paul-Woodworkers Guild of America

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  5. Mike

    I am building a patio bench with cedar. I am considering sanding only with no finish applied, so it ages naturally. Is that foolish or is there a low maintenance finish you recommend? Will an oil come off on clothing? Open to thoughts. Thank you.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Mike. I actually like that approach a lot; let it get silver. You can apply a clear deck sealer if you want, but I’d wash it thoroughly after applying for the reason that you state. If you apply a sealer, you’ll want to reapply every couple years. With clear sealer it’s a pretty easy project to reapply, but it’s not as easy as doing nothing.
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      Paul-Woodworkers Guild of America

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  6. Tom

    I have some EKCO Arrowhead knives from the 60’s and the handles need to be refinished. I haven’t been able to find info on what kind of finishes were used back then. I have been told that they used a compressed sable walnut for the handles, which I have never heard of. Any info on these knives and the best finish to use would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Tom. Thanks for reaching out to us with your questions. Unfortunately I’m not familiar with either the material or finishes that were used on your knives, so I can’t give you any good advice.
      Best of luck with your project.
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      Paul-Woodworkers Guild of America

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  7. Cliff Head

    Any suggestions on repairing (remove scratches) and refinishing interiors stained doors in my home. Any how to videos for this.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Cliff. Thanks for checking in with us on this. We do not have any content on this, and in general, don’t focus very much on home improvement or refinishing projects.
      Thanks
      Paul-Woodworkers Guild of America

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