This is the essential guide for everyone who loves to build but hates to finish. Expert finishing instructor Teri Masaschi takes the mystery out of finishing, and helps you to avoid costly and frustrating mistakes. You'll learn step-by-step as you work your way through 51 proven and easy-to-follow finishing exercises. Discover how to determine the best finish for your project, prepare wood, fix minor defects, avoid uneven results, and circumvent common wood-coloring pitfalls. Also included are 23 ''recipes'' for creating timeless looks such as deep antique cherry and nut brown mahogany. To keep things from getting too serious, you'll get a laugh from amusing anecdotes culled from the author's many years of finishing experience. If you've ever wanted the secrets to stress-free, successful finishing, this refreshing guide is a must-have for your bookshelf. Paperback. 200 pages. About the Author: Teri Masaschi is one of woodworking's premier finishing instructors. She teaches finishing techniques at woodworking schools around the United States, including the prestigious Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado.