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#1 posted 04-06-2013 01:53 PM

I highly recommend a book, great wood finishes by Jeff Jewitt. Another pretty good book is understanding wood finishing by Bob Flexner. Understanding the different finishes available and the pros and cons of each is the first step to get over your anxiety with finishing. I much prefer to spray my finishes. I use waterborne finishes and compatible stains and dyes (trans tint is wonderful and is very easy to use). I also use shellac, flakes that I dissolve myself. Waterborne finishes are not explosive like lacquer and do not smell near as bad as polyurethane And are much easier and cheaper to set up for spray. Target Coatings makes excellent waterborne topcoats as well as some Tinted products. If you are wanting to get a finish on these items and get them out of your shop quickly I would recommend good old polyurethane and a very good brush. A little Internet research will give you some ideas on how to best pop the grain in the maple. It does involve multiple steps.

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