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I'm in the process of designing an end table for a family member for Christmas. I want to paint the legs an off white color and then apply a stain or varnish on the table top.

I've done a few pieces of furniture for myself and for family but I have never painted a piece, so this may be a dumb question. But, what is the best type of wood to use for a painted finish? Also, do i need to prepare the wood in anyway before painting it? Once I have painted it, what should I finish it with? Or do you not put a finish on the paint?

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Paint is the final finish. Most clear coats would have trouble sticking to paint or might cause the paint to bubble. Just about any wood can be painted. Hardwood is usually a better choice for a table top as they can receive a lot of wear and tear. Best is usually to go to a paint store that has very knowledgeable staff and see what they recommend.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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