Wood finishing, as its name suggests, is the last step in the process of repairing and refinishing furniture. Some use wood finishes to protect their furniture while others use them just to make their furniture look more appealing. There are many different kinds of finishes available for wood finishing. Although some may be used interchangeably, results would be best if you use the appropriate finish for your furniture. In order to help you distinguish the differences between each one, this article discusses some of these finishes: shellac vs. polyurethane and varnish vs. lacquer.