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Woods & Finishes

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Polyurethane Finishes

Polyurethane finishes are most commonly used today because of their durability and easy care. They are all generally available in high-gloss, semi-gloss and satin.

Oil-based Polyurethane Finish

An oil-based polyurethane finish imparts a slight honey-colored tint to the wood. This finish ambers over time, which may not be desired on light woods. When applied, it usually takes 8-10 hours per coat to dry, and has a strong odor.

Water-based Urethane

A water-based urethane is clear and looks very natural on wood. Some types are more durable than oil-based. It generally takes 3-4 hours per coat to dry. This finish has little odor when applied.


Wax is often used to create a soft, aged luster. Though you may renew the finish yourself, wax water spots easily, requires maintenance and is slippery. Wax is amber in color, and has a low sheen. It has a mild odor when applied.

Tung Oil

Tung oil is a penetrating finish which gives a soft, hand-rubbed look when applied in multiple coats, slightly ambering the wood. It requires drying overnight between coats, and has a mild odor when applied. Tung oil has higher maintenance than urethane, requiring periodic buffing and reapplication.

WOCA European Oil

WOCA European oil is a VOC compliant non-solvent-based penetrating oil. It provides an "old world" look with low odor and low maintenance.