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How do I remove scratches between layers of polyurethane?

My husband and I have been building a farm table and we are oh-so-close to being done, but we are having issues in the final coats of polyurethane on the top. Here's a rundown: We stained the wood ...
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Good way to sand wide curved faces

I'm working on a project that has a piece of curved (concave) crotch walnut. The curve is in three dimensions and is roughly 8"x6" in x-y and curves inwards roughly .5" in the z axis. I used a ...
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Wood Staining is blotchy and black…HELP!

I've searched and searched but I cannot find anything on the internet that looks close to my bad stain job, so here's the low down: I'm finishing my dining room tabletop and chair seats. I'm using oil ...
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How to go about cutting more “organic” shapes out of wood without machines like a CNC

I recently had a friend ask me if I could help him repair some office chairs by replacing the entire back piece with a wooden one as there are some cracks progressively getting worse down the back of ...
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Using scrapers on “fuzzy” woods

Just started using scrapers and I love them. I was looking for questions and thought I would look around the concept of pitfalls and I read this paragraph in regards to sanding: Sanding that makes ...
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How do I know what tools I need?

I'd like to get into woodworking and am looking at tools in order to make some small simple storage solutions. I love to sew, but a lot of my recent sewing ideas for around the house have included ...
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Best way to correct splotchy stain job on MDF?

In making a new tabletop for wife's sewing table, I cut some 3/4" MDF and applied a base of Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, and then Minwax Dark Walnut Stain. After letting it sit for a day, I ...
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how can I make sandpaper last longer?

Normally my sand paper lasts a day or so with palm sanding, is there something I can do to make it last longer?
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“Presanding” wood, before assembly?

I am new to woodworking. I recently completely my first job (a small bookshelf/toybox). After it was all put together, I spent a while sanding it, although it was difficult to get into the corners, ...
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Polyurethane rub down problem!

I'm in the final stages of finishing an oak poker table. I have applied 3 coats of deep mahogany oil, which went on OK but didn't really soak in well after the first coat. Now I am applying 3-5 coats ...
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Alternatives to a spindle sander

I was wondering what alternatives there are to a spindle sander or hand sanding when it comes to sanding concave curves. I have seen artificial spindle sanders created using a drill press/drill, but ...
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Oiling and sanding

Would it make sense to apply linseed oil before sanding and then sand the piece and then eventually apply the oil again? In order to create less airborne sawdust. Or it wouldn't make much difference?
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How can variable speed be used on a random-orbit sander?

I see some models of random-orbit sanders have a variable speed control. Under what circumstances would I need variable speed while sanding? It's not clear to me what benefit it offers.
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How do I prepare a scraper for use?

In this answer LeeG talks about that a scraper needs to be burnished and sharpened. How does one do that?
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Random Orbital Sander rounds table edges

My Bosh GEX 125-1 AE Random Orbital Sander tends to round all my edges. I am sanding a table top and all points are now curved down, instead of straight. I believe this is happening because the ...

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