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Why would Varethane-Premium-Diamond Wood Finish-Water Based-Interior-Satin scratch easy?

I have a problem on a fresh soft cedar wood project, scratching easy with Varathane-Premium-Diamond Wood Finish-Water Based-Interior-Satin. Steel wool & vinegar stain dryed for 24 hours. Shop temp ...
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Finish choice for my wooden essential-oil container

I built a wooden container to hold all my essential oils. I’m having trouble figuring out what type of finish I should apply. I want one that has resistance in case anything spills. So a finish ...
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What's the difference between 100% mineral spirits and similar products? (paint thinner, odorless mineral spirits, etc)

A few years ago, I finished some "butcherblock" (stave construction glue up countertop). I did 3 coats of BLO then used a homemade wiping varnish of gloss polyurethane mixed with MS. The ...
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Help IDing what the type of wood finish this is

The project is to renew these handrails, but I found it hard to figure out which type of finish this is. I sanded a part of wood, tried various finishes: Interior wood varnishes (all kinds: gloss, ...
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What finish most closely resembles the look after wiping mineral spirits on wood?

I imagine I must not be the first person, after applying mineral spirits, to think "that's exactly how I would like it to look when I finish it". So what finishes most closely resemble the ...
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What causes yellowing of clear finish under vinyl placemats?

I had a new table top made of solid wood as my old one was veneer that was wrecked by scratches & white marks by hot pads not being used. So I asked for a strong protective clear coating so wood ...
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Cost-effective wood selection for outdoor craft project

Lots of questions here about outdoor wood/finishes but most of them are for furniture or other high-end projects. I'm looking to build planters like this one... The plans I purchased list MDF as the ...
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Back panel for wall cabinet

I have plastered brick walls, painted with stain-resistant paint. The paint is reasonably durable. Due to climactic conditions (humidity very high, tropical heat, no air con), wood needs extra ...
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What order do I go in to fill defects in wood?

I’m new to live edge woodworking. I am finishing a walnut slab for a kitchen table that has some minor defects such as small cracks and knotty areas. I would like to fill those with epoxy. But unsure ...
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Used motor oil on treated pine

I am having a large bin made for refuse bags at our beach house. It will be made from treated pine and stainless steel screws and hinges. I was quoted for the job which includes 4-5 layers of used ...
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Can you apply polyurethane on top of wood that has been treated with a deck sealer?

Note, this is not for exterior use. We bought an old Buffet and converted it into a vanity for our bathroom remodel. At the time we thought it was a good idea to seal it with a waterproof sealer and ...
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OAK Colour too dark on refinished clear aqua-Varithane gloss, 2nd vs 1st floor mismatch

I have resurfaced my 2nd oak floor and removed all dust but a sample stays far too dark compared to the 1st oak floor. It seems nothing will retain the pastel white oak shade on the 2nd floor as much ...
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Recreate dark wood/gradient finish

I have a mirror with a frame which has a dark stain which has a gradient into an almost black finish. Unfortunately a part of the mirror's frame got damage and small chunk was taken out of the frame. ...
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Finishing a table - scratch-resistant, heat-resistant transparent finish

I am currently preparing a project that will involve re-finishing several tables - one cooking and two working ones. About two decades ago a friend of the family left at my parents' a table he has re-...
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fixing water spots on boiled linseed finish

I learned recently that boiled linseed is not a great finish when exposed to any amount of water. I have a piece near a sink that gets a few drops now and then, and these have become lighter spots due ...
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How to finish a wooden ironing board?

I've made a wooden ironing board out of hard maple, which I'm going to cover with some cloth and batting. I'm wondering whether I should apply a finish to the wood. Ironing is going to create steam, ...
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Why do MDS for polyurethane finishes show such a wide range of solvents? What are we really getting?

I like to thin my polyurethane finish with mineral spirits as an alternative to buying a wipe on poly - but when I started to look at several of the easily available options for Clear Gloss, like ...
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What type of wood can I use to achieve this finish?

I’m relatively new to fine woodworking and I’m building something that needs a color/finish like this piece Any ideas what kind of wood, stain, etc this might be or what I could use to mimic it? The ...
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Finish for MDF Worktable

I built a thick worktable out of MDF and I'm looking to treat the surface. It's inside permanently but it should survive the occasional Oil/Water spill. Aesthetics don't matter. Can I just leave it ...
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Outdoor wood project for hot dry climate

I want to make a wooden mailbox that will be on a pole at the front of my house. I live in Phoenix Arizona so the temperature ranges where this will be sitting, are from 20F (-7C) to 150F (65C). (...
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Storing Danish oil

I use Danish oil on some of my small projects. This is supplied in a small metal can with a screw-cap beneath which is a metal seal you pry out. I find that if I store the unused Danish oil in the ...
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Best finish for an outdoor woodworking bench

I'm building a workbench with a beech countertop. Originally I was going to finish the countertop with varnish on the bottom and linseed oil on top. However, I noticed that this workbench is too big ...
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Adding finish to a painted wooden table

So I have a table made and I was told that they applied a water based paint over it because I requested it to be black. The wood they used is either palochina or mahogany. As of right now, it isn't ...
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Would different finishing schedules inside and out spell doom for a bathroom cabinet?

For a little while now, I've been thinking about making a cabinet (or something) with a finely painted exterior, but a natural finish on the inside, so that there's a little hidden gem when someone ...
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Recommended finish for workbench vise

I made a small tabletop Moxon vise and after some research decided to finish it using a 3-part mix of equal parts polyurethane, boiled linseed oil, and mineral spirits. Sounds okay to me, but I'd like ...
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Tabletop offcut for cutting board, finishing

I bought a Gerton top for a desk and it is great. I bought a second one and made some shelves from that. I am very happy with this product. My question is, I have some material left and would like ...
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Cigarette-proofing outdoor furniture

I built some benches, they're pressure treated lumber currently finished with oil based stain and oil based satin finish spar urethane. Some of them have shellac between the stain and urethane because ...
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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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Is Rubio Monocoat appropriate on red oak furniture?

I am making a bunk bed out of 8/4 red oak. It has very open grain/pores in some places and I'm concerned about my finish process. I'm basing my design on plans from the Wood Whisperer. He finished ...
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Suggestions for finishing a pine/mahogany sword

I just finished shaping a sword out of some pine and mahogany scraps I had lying around. I like how it turned out, so I want to finish the bare wood in a way that will enhance its appearance and ...
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What glaze or surface treatment to repair this bar?

I have a bar that has a corner that was damaged in a move: It seems as if the wood underneath the finish is MDF. But, how do I identify what the finish is that was used here, so that I can identify ...
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Stabilizer or hardener for handmade wooden canes

I have been using a wood hardener and so far that has been working. Should I be using a stabilizer instead? More generally put: when fabricating a walking stick or walking cane what is the best ...
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Sealing a Stained Poplar Bed Frame [closed]

I'm putting together a KD Frames poplar bed frame. I've already stained it with Minwax Wood Stain (I really wanted a black wooden look) but I'm unsure how to finish it. When I bought the stain at ...
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Oil based stain over water based fire retardant

I'd like to treat some wood (raw pine) with a water-based class A flame retardant (Flameseal WSA), but also stain it with an oil based stain (garden variety Minwax or Varathane). I'm a bit unsure of ...
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What would be a suitable finish for a board game

I'm making a board game with blocks, both made of thin plywood. I don't know what type of wood it is; (it is light in colour and weight and rather soft) I would like to coat the wood eventually (which ...
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Recommended finish to preserve older marquetry artwork

I can be convinced that this is a duplicate of this other Q&A, but there isn't much there that seems to pertain to preservation of already well-dried wood art pieces. But I'll go along with what ...
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Most durable foodsafe finish to highlight chatoyancy

My favorite lumberyard (where I get most of my bowl blanks) specializes in curly/fiddleback/birdseye maple, all of which I love for their holographic/chatoyant qualities. Because I'm a beginner, I've ...
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Matching a cheap yellow finish on oak

Is there a method for matching an unknown finish on an existing piece of wood? In my case, I have an old (but nowhere near antique) piece that has had a couple trim pieces fall off. I've managed to ...
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Epoxy bar top finish over boiled linseed oil

I made bar top out of reclaimed redwood (planed and edged to clean wood) which I edged with stained white ash. I intented to apply bar top epoxy. I was using boiled linseed oil on other projects and ...
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For how much time are fumes from freshly polished wood furniture toxic and must be aired out & presence avoided?

PS: If needs to be in the DIY SE rather than Woodwork SE please moderators figure where it will get better responses and fit. Thanks. PPS: Found this similar - https://diy.stackexchange.com/...
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Choice of sanding sealer to avoid blotching (shellac vs cellulose)

I am working on a table that is made out of maple. I would like to apply a stain but maple is a timber that is prone to blotching so am considering using a sanding sealer before staining to reduce the ...
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Finishing Red Cedar Tabletop

I'm currently in the process of building a red cedar tabletop with laminated live edge slabs. Thickness should be around 7/4. However, I'm unsure what to use for finishing it. Given the wood is so ...
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Water-borne finish on red oak and want the natural red colour you get using oil finish

I will be using a water-borne finish on red oak and want the natural red colour you get when using an oil finish. How can I achieve this?
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Sealing and reinforcing particle board

I am making some picture frames from an old table. The table top is oak slats on top of particle board. I’ve sliced the table and trimmed the slices with walnut, and cut rabbets in the frames. Like ...
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What is the best finish for a laser etching on birch veneer plywood?

I've done an etching on Birch veneer plywood for a piece of wall art and am trying to figure out the best way to finish it. It's a 24" x 24" Aztec Calendar design with a lot of intricacies. The guy ...
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How can I finish this to protect it from the elements?

I made this sign by gluing numbers made of birch bark to another piece of bark: This is for outdoor use where it freezes hard. The numbers are about 1/8 of an inch thick, and water will collect in ...
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Finishing beech for minimal color change, matte finish

I'm trying to make a desktop out of beech wood (Ikea Gerton table top) and want the wood finish to look like this example photo... A very light natural, matte look. How could I achieve this while ...
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Finishing/Buffing/Polishing Redwood Slab with Oil-based Varnish thinned with Danish Oil

I have a 3x5 ft Redwood slab with 1 coat of varnish/danish oil (50/50) mixture and 1 coat (last applied) of just varnish. I applied fairly thick coats for both layers. The varnish The Danish oil I ...
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Finishing California redwood for a bed frame?

I'm looking at what finish would be best for a redwood bed frame. I would like the wood to look natural, warmish color, and a bit of a satiny feel. I've done a few trials and here is where I stand (...
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Oak veneer finishing

I just brought an oak veneer to decorate my apartment. (picture 1) However the colour is too white and I want to make it a little bit yellow as in the next picture. What would be the right wood ...
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