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The finishing room. Some key elements to consider. Looks at ventilation, air filters and other considerations necessary when working with slow drying wood finishes (varnish, polyurethane, etc.).
AMERICAN WOODWORKER Spring 1986 (v.2#1) pg. 52

Tip on using pantyhose or nylon stockings to apply urethane finishes.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #18 Jan-Feb 1991 pg. 12

Water-based wood finishes. Advice on selection and application (both brushing and spraying). Looks at 19 different water-based lacquers and polyurethanes).
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #20 May-Jun 1991 pg. 16

How to avoid foaming (bubbles) when applying brushable water-based clear finishes.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #27 Jul-Aug 1992 pg. 10

A guide to polyurethane finishes. Discusses properies and application techniques for oil-based, water-based, two-part polyurethanes, and urethane oils.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #30 Jan-Feb 1993 pg. 68

Advice on how to prevent bubbles in water-based finishes.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #32 May-Jun 1993 pg. 10

Three foolproof finishes that can be wiped on. How to prepare the wood and apply water-based polyurethane, oil and shellac.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #32 May-Jun 1993 pg. 64

Advice on clear, non-yellowing exterior finishes that will keep the sun from fading wood.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #34 Sep-Oct 1993 pg. 12

Tip on thinning oil-based polyurethanes for application with a brush.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #54 Oct 1996 pg. 16

Bar and countertop finishes. A look at the alternatives available, their durability, application and ease of repair.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #58 Apr 1997 pg. 82

Polyurethane finishes. A comparison of oil-based, gel and waterborne products.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #67 Aug 1998 pg. 78

The basics of working with waterborne polyurethane.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #77 Dec 1999 pg. 106

How to flatten the sheen of gloss and semi-gloss polyurethane varnish by increasing the concentration of flattening agents.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #78 Feb 2000 pg. 8

Warm the look of waterbased polyurethane by adding amber-colored dye.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #80 Jun 2000 pg. 102

The perfect pad for applying waterborne polyurethane.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #81 Aug 2000 pg. 90

How to achieve a good finish using waterborne urethanes through proper sanding and rubbing.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Oct 2000 (v.24#1) pg. 20

The perfect finish. Hand-rubbed smooth endings. The basic rules for surface preparation, application of four coats of urethane with sanding between each coat, hand-rubbing with rottenstone and application of paste wax.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Sep 1991 (v.14#12) pg. 49

Water-based wood finishes (lacquers, varnishes, and urethanes). A user test of eight different brands.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Apr 1995 (v.18#7) pg. 41

Simple recipe for blending the qualities of Danish oil with modern polyurethane to produce a sure-fire method of refinishing that allows even amature woodworkers to consistently produce beautiful finishes.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #264 Dec 1985 (v.35#10) pg. 34

Advice on applying polyurethane over a lacquer finish.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #341 Sep 1993 (v.43#8) pg. 9

How to get a smooth, clear polyurethane finish using a brush and hand rubbing.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #364 Dec 1995-Jan 1996 (v.46#1) pg. 52

Information on water-based urethanes vs. solvent-based finishes and the hazards involved with using each for indoor finishing.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #49 Oct-Nov 1988 pg. 14

Using waterborne urethane floor finishes.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #85 Dec 1993-Jan 1994 pg. 61

Tips on finishing kitchen countertops and chopping boards with either mositure-curing urethane or household paraffin wax.
FINE WOODWORKING #16 May-Jun 1979 pg. 24

Tip on polishing out satin finish polyurethane varnish with a mixture of pumice and liquid paste wax.
FINE WOODWORKING #19 Nov-Dec 1979 pg. 6

Tip: Use a circle of "Saran Wrap" to keep polyurethane varnish from gelling in a partially-used can.
FINE WOODWORKING #23 Jul-Aug 1980 pg. 8

Polyurethane finishes. Picking the right one for your job and tips on application.
FINE WOODWORKING #59 Jul-Aug 1986 pg. 70
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #62 Jan-Feb 1987 pg. 6

Advice on the need for sanding between fresh coats of polyurethane or lacquer finish.
FINE WOODWORKING #102 Sep-Oct 1993 pg. 28
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #104 Jan-Feb 1994 pg. 8

Tips on applying solvent-based polyurethane varnish to kitchen cabinets.
FINE WOODWORKING #109 Nov-Dec 1994 pg. 30

Fine wood finishes. Five ways to give wood protection and a beautiful polish. Covers shellac, oil varnish, polyurethane varnish, oil finish, wax and wood stains.
HOMEOWNER Nov 1988 (v.13#9) pg. 55

Urethane finishes can cut maintenance in half.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1964 (v.122#5) pg. 168

Tips on using transparent urethane varnish in colors over wood, glass, plastic or metal.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1971 (v.198#4) pg. 101

Restoration road. Part 28. Painting automobiles with urethane.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #273 Apr 1999 (v.23#9) pg. 9

How to choose and use a polyurethane finish.
SUNSET Nov 1978 (v.161#5) pg. 158

Tip: To apply lacquers and polyurethane finishes smoothly, heat the can of finish in hot water and use a polyurethane foam brush as an applicator.
WOOD MAGAZINE #3 Jan-Feb 1985 (v.2#1) pg. 38

Product test of the "Varathane" one-day finishing system includes tips on its use.
WOOD MAGAZINE #11 Jun 1986 (v.3#3) pg. 58
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #13 Oct 1986 (v.3#5) pg. 6

Five easy steps to a polyurethane-finish that's glass-smooth.
WOOD MAGAZINE #35 Jun 1990 (v.7#3) pg. 50

Polyurethane and lacquer water-based finishes. An evaluation of how they perform and steps to follow then applying them.
WOOD MAGAZINE #42 Apr 1991 (v.8#3) pg. 42

How to avoid rust contamination in water-based finishes.
WOOD MAGAZINE #50 Feb 1992 (v.9#2) pg. 91
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #53 Aug 1992 (v.9#5) pg. 12

Guide to the perfect polyurethane finish. A comparison of oil-based, water-based and wipe-on interior polyurethanes.
WOOD MAGAZINE #73 Oct 1994 (v.11#7) pg. 44

Tip on using a painting pad to apply water-based polyurethanes without getting brush and overlapping marks.
WOOD MAGAZINE #77 Feb 1995 (v.12#2) pg. 4

Using the Sherwin Williams Ultra 7000 urethane automotive paint system to spray paint wooden projects.
WOOD MAGAZINE #77 Feb 1995 (v.12#2) pg. 52

Light up a tabletop with polyurethane. A proven process for super-smooth, durable finish that looks as good as the furniture you put it on. Includes tips on proper gluing, clamping, and sanding of a tabletop prior to applying the finish.
WOOD MAGAZINE #86 Feb 1996 (v.13#2) pg. 16

Four can't-fail wood finishes. Their pros and cons. When and how to use them. (1) Oil-based polyurethane. (2) Spray lacquer. (3) Penetrating oil. (4) Water-based polyurethane.
WOOD MAGAZINE #96 Apr 1997 (v.14#3) pg. 46

How to remove small blemishes in a water-based polyurethane finish.
WOOD MAGAZINE #99 Oct 1997 (v.14#6) pg. 29

An explanation of why polyurethane shouldn't be used over laquers, shellac or sanding sealers containing sterates.
WOOD MAGAZINE #103 Feb 1998 (v.15#1) pg. 86

Linear polyurethanes. Space-age finishes for your boat. What is available and tips on their use.
WOODENBOAT #78 Sep-Oct 1987 pg. 21

Tip on getting a more uniform color when using one-step stain and polyurethane finishes.
WOODSMITH #83 Oct 1992 pg. 30

Film finishes and how they cure. Looks at shellac, lacquer, varnish, polyurethane, and waterborne finishes.
WOODWORK #8 Winter 1990 pg. 80

Tip on sanding between coats of water-based finish or polyurethane.
WOODWORK #27 Jun 1994 pg. 30

Tip on making a polyurethane finish look like it was french polish.
WOODWORKER #1116 Nov 1986 (v.90#11) pg. 935

Tips on achieving a satin finish on black ash using polyurethane or shellac-based sanding sealer.
WOODWORKER Mar 1987 (v.91#3) pg. 233

Tips on selecting clear finishes (lacquer, polyurethane, penetrating oil, shellac, varnish, and sanding sealer).
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1983 (v.7#1) pg. 18

Tips on applying a clear finish (lacquer, polyurethane, penetrating oil, shellac, varnish and sanding sealer) using a brush.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1983 (v.7#2) pg. 18

Finishing with polyurethane. Surface preparation, application, rubbing out, etc.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1988 (v.12#6) pg. 20

Water-based polyurethane surface finishes. What is available and tips on their use.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1990 (v.14#5) pg. 24
Added Info WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1991 (v.15#1) pg. 6

Tabletop (or bar top) finishes. An overview on the selection and use of four different finishes (oil-based varnish, oil-based polyurethane, water-based polyurethane, epoxy).
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1991 (v.15#2) pg. 30

Near-perfect wood finishing. Part 3. Brushing a fine finish.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1996 (v.20#1) pg. 12

How to put a deep, rich "bar top" finish on wood that seems almost impervious to water and alcohol. Uses polyurethane varnish over stain and/or filler in many coats, with steel wooling between coats.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1975 (v.31#6) pg. 24

Tip to prevent polyurethane varnish from getting thick and gummy.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1987 (v.43#4) pg. 24

Tips on sanding between coats of lacquer, varnish and polyurethane finishes.
WORKBENCH Dec 1991-Jan 1992 (v.47#6) pg. 18

How to get outstanding results with brush-on varnish or polyurethane.
WORKBENCH Feb-Mar 1993 (v.49#1) pg. 16