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How do Hardwoods and Softwoods differ?
They look different. Some are smooth, some have bold grain and some have knots or bird eyes. They finish differently. The density of the various woods change the depth and tone of the colour. The region where the furniture is made, the style, and the historical period of the price determine the wood used.

What is meant by veneer?
Veneer has a different look than solid wood, but is not necessarily better or worse in quality. Veneer is a thin layer of wood applied in sheets over underlying layers of plywood. Originally developed to be an art form, veneer can be cut as thin as a dime and in intricate patterns. Uniform graining can be achieved, unlike the more random graining of solid wood.

When is plywood a good idea?
When strength and stability are needed. Plywood is made of thin layers of sold wood glued over each other with grains running at 90-degree angles to produce a strong core. It is used to provide maximum stability on the sides of desks, entertainment centres and other units where solid woods would crack and warp. A veneer is often glued on top and sides for an even and attractive appearance.

Is furniture finishing hard to do?
Using our step-by-step instructions, finishing is fun and easy. Match your existing décor or start fresh. With today's finishing products, the possibilities are almost endless. Create your own style; express your individuality.

What supplies are needed, other than the stains?
For most finishing projects, you will need a drop cloth, clean rags, paint brushes (bristle and foam), sandpaper or 3M sanding pads, q-tips and paper towels. If using oil-based finishes, have mineral spirits handy for cleanup.