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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I use lacquer over an epoxy resin?

I put an epoxy resin on a table top and it looks awesome except for a few spots that bubbled or had dust fall on it. I would like to sand the top down smooth/level and put a thin layer of lacquer on ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Finish that will come in contact with alcohol

I am just starting to get into finishing. I have a pallet wine rack that will be holding wine bottles (obviously). On top of this I have several other wine related wood projects I am making. I have ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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Having trouble finding a good finish for baltic birch

My local home center has started stocking baltic birch pre-sanded plywood, great stuff but I cannot seem to finish it. If I try to stain its very blotchy, and if I shellac its too pale for my taste. ...
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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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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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Shellac over paint, outdoors

I am making something for outdoor use and I've painted it with a matte exterior latex paint. I'm satisfied with the protection that the paint will offer but I'm experimenting with ways to make it look ...
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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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Epoxy resin and wood movement

I am considering putting an epoxy resin finish on a table top for a nice thick and smooth finish (it will cover the side edges as well). Will there still be wood movement after the epoxy has cured? ...
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How can I prevent outdoor cedar projects from losing their color?

I love the look of natural cedar for outdoor projects. I built a small garden fence a few years ago, and made the mistake of leaving it unfinished. It's completely gray/silver now. I'm planning on ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...