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How to clean clogged sandpaper

I recently bought a belt sander and noticed that while using it stationary it can get clogged (on a certain region) real fast. The sharpness of the area is not lost but it's just clogged with wood ...
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Possible glue staining on cabinet doors with cane webbing, need advice

My daughter just bought the cabinet online and it came like this. They won’t refund or replace. Any ideas of how to get the stains off the caning of the doors? We think it’s glue.
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How can I restore these two old wooden boxes?

I inherited a couple old wooden boxes full of tools that are both generally dirty, stained, and dusty. Could someone please give me some suggestions on how to clean them up, specifically a product ...
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Does the bar oil from using a chainsaw create problems for woodworking?

I have some smallish sections of a tree trunk that I would like to break down, but they are too big for the power tools that I own, other than my chainsaw. My biggest concern with the chainsaw is that ...
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How do I clean aluminum tool tables?

Now that I've got the rust on my table saw taken care of, I realized that my 25 year old miter saw base could use a little love. The majority of the saw is made out of cast(?) aluminum, so it hasn't &...
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Cleaning the exterior of a Cuckoo clock

I am trying to restore an old Cuckoo clock. It hasn't been cleaned for a while and it has a layer of grime and dust on top (so dusting it only is not an option). What is the best product to get the ...
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Food stain on polycrylic cabinet

I just finished painting my cabinets white, and to finish it off I put three coats of polycrylic on top to make them more durable. I placed the cabinet doors back on yesterday. Today, while making a ...
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Wooden desk, finish against urine

I'm repairing a used desk made from black carob (it's harder than white oak to give an idea) which only had a wood wax finish. It's been damaged all around its base by dog urine. The old owner of the ...
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How do I remove an unknown polymer from untreated wood?

I just bought a cigar plank from a thrift shop. Two of the molds have some residue of an unknown polymer, which I want to remove. It's about the middle of the board, so perhaps it's some elastic glue ...
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How to remove staining caused by a clamp

I was putting sapele inlay into maple. The inlay was proud by about an 1/8th inch so I only used packing on the underside of the clamp, figuring that any indentations on the top side would be planed ...
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Cleaning grime from kitchen cabinets

I'm helping a neighbor clean up their parents' house for sale. The kitchen custom cabinets with raised panel doors have a good bit of build-up from 20+ years of cooking. They are very good medium dark ...
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How do I clean resin residue from router bits

Routing chipboard and pine and other conifer woods a router bit of mine built up residue. I managed to clean some of it with acetone and mineral spirits but still there was left. The bit looks and ...
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Can all whetstones be cleaned?

I got a new (new to me, appears very old) whetstone today, and was told generally how to use it. I need to sharpen my son's knife, who at 9 years old has much more woodworking (whittling) experience ...
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Is it OK to use WD-40 to clean wood?

I'm comparing it to mineral spirits essentially. Are they the same on wood? Mineral spirits seems to strip off any finishing on wood, will WD-40 do the same?
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I polyed my paintbrush then procrastination left me in a predicament

I was using a nice paintbrush with polyurethane and it seems that I set it down then forgot to clean it. I have since run into it and I have a shiny, relativity tough, paintbrush now. Needless to say ...
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Reusing mineral spirits?

So right now I have a paintbrush sitting in a small jar to clean my brush of poly. Once I take the brush out what can I do with the left over spirits? Would seem a waste to get rid of it. To what ...
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Questions about my custom stain and cleanup

As some know I was experimenting with making my own stain using vinegar and nails removed pallets. I used white vinegar and a couple hundred nails in a 5 gallon pail. In the end I have a stain that ...
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How can I properly dispose of rags used with Boiled Linseed Oil

I have read several times now that, if not disposed of in a proper manner, rags covered in Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO) can combust. In that regard I have some related questions: Under what condition, ...