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Finish Your Finish

After finishing sanding and staining your new woodworking project there’s still one more step: finishing your finish. Even with the best technique there can still be a slightly rough surface to your finished project. Applying a finishing wax paste with a rough applicator can remove the roughness and fill in the gaps leaving a smooth finish.

After sanding, staining, and applying polyurethane or other sealant let your project dry for at least 48 hours. Once dry you can use a fine steel wool or synthetic finishing pad to apply the finishing wax. Yes, steel wool. The wax acts as a lubricant while the steel wool acts as a fine sand paper to get the last few bumps out.

Steel wool comes in several weights or thicknesses. With 0000 being the finest and 4 being coarse. You can use any of the the finer weights, either 00, 000 or 0000 to apply the wax.

Let the finishing wax stand for 15 minutes then buff off with shop towels or buffing pad.