5 Tips for a Better Finish on Your Next Project

Join me as I refinish one of my old projects and share with you my 5 tips for a better finish on your next woodworking project. These tips will work regardless of whether you’re working with a paint or a clear coat. Oh and there’s also like 3 or 4 other mini tips thrown in there too because once I got going I couldn’t limit myself to 5.

So I decided I’d change up the format on my latest YouTube video. Normally I like to have them center around projects, but for this one, I completely threw that format out the window and focused solely on delivering tips about how to improve you’re finishes. Check it out and let me know what you think!

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  1. Awesome video! I love the finish.
    A few questions:
    1. After raising the grain, what grit sandpaper did you use? 320 or more coarse?
    2. Did you use 320 between coats?
    3. Did you use Saman Water-based Satin finish?

    I’m in the middle of my first wood working project. I am using an Acacia Wood butcher block to make a desk top for my sit stand desk. What finish would you recommend if I want a finish similar to this one? Water-based or oil? Saman or Rubio Monocoat?

    Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks!


    1. Zachary Matchett-Smith September 30, 2020 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks Andy, sorry for my slow response, but let me see if I can help anyways.

      1. Usually after raising the grain I’ll use 220 or 180 grit sandpaper. Whatever the finish I’m working with recommends. If you go any higher, you risk closing the grains on the wood and not getting great adhesion with your finish.
      2. Basically the same as the last question. Whatever the recommended grit is, that’s what I use.
      3. Yes I did! Good eye. It’s basically my go-to finish for the majority of my projects. It’s easy to use and it dries very quickly so it’s pretty user friendly.


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