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TIP: Sand Through Veneer

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TIP: Sand Through Veneer

It takes quite a bit of effort to sand through veneer when sanding by hand. But machine tools can go through fairly quickly. The critical thing when you sand through is to stop! If the sand-through area is small enough, you may be able to fix it by painting in some of the grain and figure between coats of finish. Small areas are usually fairly easy to disguise. Large areas are impossible. So the question is, “How do you know when you have sanded through?” The answer is that the grain and figure of the wood disappear in a small...

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TIP: Store Water-Based Brushes

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TIP: Store Water-Based Brushes

Water-based finishes dry in several hours, so it’s easy to apply two or three coats in a day. In other words, unlike with oils and varnishes, you can complete a finishing project in one day using a water-based finish. The rapid drying occurs not only on the wood but also on the brush. Instead of washing the brush between each coat, which is perfectly legitimate, it’s much more efficient to just store the brush. There are two easy ways to do this: Hang the brush in a jar of water. (Notice in this photo that I have drilled an additional...

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