Part 3 of the finishing process includes pointers on selecting a good top coat. Jim Heavey from WOOD Magazine shows you four of the most popular top coats including shellac, lacquer, water based polyurethane and oil based polyurethane. He will discuss the properties and advantages of each top coat as well as how to apply an oil based polyurethane.

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  • Paul Allison

    I found this to be very informative. I am in the process of building a Wall-Mounted Trophy Case for one of my granddaughters. I have the project built and I am now in the middle of the finishing phase. I used Red Oak that I sanded through 220 grit, then applied a Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner followed by a Fast-Drying, Oil Based Traditional Cherry Stain. The instructions on the stain can said polyurethane can be applied after one hour. I would like to apply a coat of Boiled Linseed Oil, to accent the grain of the oak, between the stain and the Oil-Based polyurethane. Can someone tell me if that can be done without causing problems?