Canadian Woodworking

Wood Finishing Reference Chart

Author: Carl Duguay
Published: June July 2008
wood finishes
wood finishes

This handy chart explains what you need to know about the 6 most popular wood finishes.


Varnish chart


shellac chart


Oil Varnish chart


Lacquer chart

Correction: Jeff Richardson of Wood Essence Finishes (woodessence.com) points out that Target Coatings Ultima Spray Lacquer is not a toxic finish to apply. Target USL is a waterbourne lacquer, not a nitro-cellulose lacquer; it’s not non-flammable, featuring very low volatile organic compounds and zero hazardous air pollutants.


Oils chart


waterborne chart

Carl Duguay - [email protected]

Carl is a Victoria-based furniture maker and the web editor at Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement.

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