Danish

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Shellac

Durability. The thickness of the finish also affects how your project will survive daily wear and tear, although the type of finish matters, too. Some finishes resist scratches, water, heat and other abuse better than others (see chart at right). Durability is critical for a vanity or tabletop that will be subjected to regular use, but not as important for a decorative piece that is primarily for display.

WSM Shells

HOW TOUGH IS IT?

Here's how the most popular finishes stand up to the most common forms of abuse.

Resistance to...

Oil

Varnish

Shellac

Lacquer

Water-based

Wax

Water

Poor

Excellent

Fair

Good

Good

Verv ooor

Wear

Poor

Excellent

Fair

Good

Verv aood

Poor

Solvents

Fair

Excellent

Poor

Good

Good

Verv ooor

Heat

Good

Excellent

Fair

Good

Good

Verv ooor

Acids and Alkalis

Poor

Excellent

Fair

Good

Good

Very poor

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i Wax doesn't darken wood.

Boiled linseed oil darkens and adds an amber tone to the wood.

An oil finish is easy to apply, but cannot be built up to form a thick, protective film. It's best suited for non-wear surfaces.

Here are six different finishes applied to six similar pieces of butternut.

6 FINISHES, 6 COLORS

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