One of the biggest questions of any project is how to select a finish. Whenever I complete a build, I always spend a significant amount of time going back and forth between all the different options.
What’s the difference between Polyurethane, Varnish, Oil, Shellac, or Lacquer?
Does Wax work as a final finish?
What’s the difference between water-based and oil-based Polyurethane?
The last thing you want to do is finish a beautiful piece of furniture and then have it wear out in a year. Honestly, you could spend all day reading and talking about the chemistry at work in the wide variety of finishes. But I tried to keep this article focused on what finish is best in what case.…