Questions tagged [finish-selection]

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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

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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What finish should I use on wooden jewellery?

So, I'm carving a wooden pendant for my girlfriend. I want the finish to be satin. However, since she plans on wearing it all the time, I want it to be water resistant. I do not want the wood to get ...
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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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Can the finish be different on joined pieces

I'm making a table utilizing plywood as legs and solid ash wood as a tabletop. I plan on lacquering plywood and oiling the tabletop. 1) Should I be wary of oil interacting with lacquer at join line? ...
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How to cover the top and bottom of a piece with a self-leveling epoxy resin?

Is there a good way to cover both the top and bottom of a piece with a self-leveling epoxy resin? I have a small box/basket that I'd like to have in my kitchen to hold cooking oils. Since the ...
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Using raw beeswax for cutting board finish

I am finishing up an end-grain butcher block cutting board (my first attempt) for my parents Christmas gift. Thus far I've finished it with mineral oil that I've been soaking into the pores. My last ...
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Can I protect a french polished finish with laquer?

I am making a dining table out of walnut which is highly figured. What is the best finish so that the table can be used? I know French Polishing it will really enhance the timber but it seems so ...
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How should I polish and finish this table top stained with Minwax Polyshades?

I built a dining tabletop out of pine and stained it three times with Minwax Polyshades Pecan and a fourth time with Minwax Polyshades Espresso. The fourth coat was just to get the rough looking ...
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finish for a very large pine dining table — is beeswax crazy?

I am an enthusiastic but novice wood worker, and this is my first large project. The table is made of pine boards (and possibly some fir? I've been doing several projects lately and I'm not 100% sure ...
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Filling Lines After Pyrography

I was wondering what type of filler I should use to obtain a clear coat that will fill the indents obtained after burning wood (see image attached) such that the two surfaces are flat (I'll probably ...
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What is a good non-yellowing finish for maple?

I am in the process of building a bench for indoor use out of hard maple. It will only get indirect sun when it is complete. This is my first project with this light of a wood (I've worked primarily ...
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What are the hardness ratings for the different types of lacquers and polyurethanes?

I have read a lot of opinions online about the hardness of different finishes, but I cannot find any authoritative numbers for hardness ratings for the different types of finishes in the lacquer and ...
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What is the best finish for wood in a bathroom

I have nearly finished making a small table which will be placed in a bathroom. I am concerned about protecting the wood in a humid/damp environment. The bathroom can get quite humid while people are ...
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What finish is suitable for a childrens toy?

I'm designing a children's toy and I need it to have a non toxic, water resistant finish that can withstand being put in mouths, being thrown around and that is easy to clean.
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Working with Wenge or Purpleheart

I'm looking into creating a jewelry box for a ring and I am trying to decide on which wood to use. I am stuck between either using Wenge or Purpleheart, I have heard that Wenge can cause an allergic ...
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How can I protect my teak table while maintaining its raw and unfinished look?

I have an outdoor teak table that I want to be protected against the weather without altering the way it looks too much. I put clear spar urethane on my chairs and was unhappy because they ended up ...
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Sealer and Clear Top-Coat for wooden sign/art

Two questions: 1) What Base-Coat do you recommend 2) What Cristal Clear top coat do you recommend Background: I was at a craft show, and a guy that made wood signs for outdoor patios was there. He ...
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Shelf building questions from a newbie

Good day all I want to start building a wooden "shelf" of sorts, the problem is that I have literally no experience. So I have been looking at a bunch of youtube tutorials and asking my stepdad for ...
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Finish for pine plywood art piece

I'm an artist new to wood burning (pyrographics) and I just finished a female nude on pine plywood.I would like to add a finish to the figure (not the background) as a subtle emphasis. But I don't ...
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What is a good finish for shot glasses?

I recently got a lathe and playing around with it I've made some cups roughly the size of a shot glass. My cousin immediately wanted to buy them off me. I haven't found any information that seems ...
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How can I harden soft woods?

I want to build a coffee table out of cedar planks treated with the Shou-Sugi-Ban method. The problem is that cedar is too soft for regular use and will get notched and scratched very quickly. How ...
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Best TOUGH clear finish for fragile wood-shaving flower?

I made a rose from Poplar planing scraps; the arranged, concentric, shavings are tissue-paper thin. I wanted to somehow seal and finish the flower so that it would have some degree of durability, ...
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Easy but tough shelving finish

I've made a utility-grade shelving unit for one of our extra-bedroom closets: The stiles and cleats are resawn, cherry-picked kiln-dried dimensional SPF from the big orange store. The shelves are ...
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What wood/finish would hold up to use in a video game controller?

A while back, I went on a spree of replacing handles with wood in some tools/toys I had, since I quite liked the feel. In the past couple years, I've picked up competitive gaming, and would like the ...
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Choices of contrasting wood for laminated table mat

I am planning to make some (probably about 20) table mats by laminating some contrasting-colour strips. The idea is to end up with a mat that looks like this: The mat as a whole will be 289mm by ...
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Finishing an indoors pine table

I've made a table of pine, it's natural and sanded and all that nice stuff. I've never finished a table, so I'm not sure what I should be using. My constraints are: Should be completely transparent ...
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What finish can I apply to mixed end-grain/cross-grain bowl that's sanded to 7000?

I'm new to woodturning. I've made a small bowl from layered woods. I don't know what these woods are as they're reclaimed, but it's a red-coloured wood sandwiching some pale wood. I think the red-ish ...
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How can I sanitize wood?

What can I do to wood before and after finishing a project to ensure that it is very clean and as safe as possible? I don't know about you, but I wouldn't eat off my work bench. Sometimes the wood ...
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Wood Finishing - Beginner [closed]

This is my first time doing woodwork, and after tons of research online, here's what I've understand, but I'll still need a little bit of help. What I'm building is a small shelf to be put on top of ...
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Is sealing wood with urethane or the like enough to avoid wood movement?

Will a solid wood table top still move if it is finished from all sides with polyurethane or some other water resistant finish? Does that depend on temperature as well? Assuming temperature ...
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What to finish my pine loft bed with?

I'm buying a pine loft bed that comes sanded but unfinished. I'm wondering what the best finish to use would be. I have no experience finishing wood. I want to go for a natural look, and I also want a ...