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Last Updated: 06/29/2009
Various materials such as paint, lacquer, oil and wax are used both to protect furniture surfaces and provide uniform color to an entire piece of furniture. Various finishing materials can be used to highlight a natural wood color or grain as well as to change the color of a wood or make two different kinds of wood appear alike.

In addition to looking at the finish, make sure you know the kind of wood to which the finish has been applied.

When you are shopping for furniture it is important to keep in mind that whether or not wood is solid, bonded or veneered, it can be called "all wood" if there are no non-wood materials, such as plastic or metal, used in the construction.

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