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Finishing a woodworking project refers to the final steps to beautify and protect it.

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Will cracks form in paint of plywood with solid wood nosing?

I'm building a piece out of plywood and attaching solid maple edge-banding so that I can add an edge treatment. I know that when gluing wood cross-grain and then painting it that the wood movement ...
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I'm clueless when it comes to epoxy, how do I get the finish I want?

This is my first time on this forum, I tried to search for some questions similar to mine, but there aren't any, or I'm searching wrong (which is likely my issue, haha!). I have made many live edge ...
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How to use perilla oil for wood finishing

A substantial amount of literature exists regarding the use of pure linseed oil (from seeds of Linum usitatissimum) and pure tung oil (from seeds of Vernicia fordii) for wood finishing. I would have ...
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Safe Glossy Non-Toxic Finish for Wood Shifter Handle?

I'm considering getting a custom wood shifter handle and they can either do a raw finish, a semi-glossy finish or glossy polished. Just wondering what the safest and least toxic glossy finish would be ...
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Grain filler to reduce milky/ white-ish appearance on poplar burl

I have recently acquired a guitar and ended up sanding though the clear coat of it, as described in this question. Now I am trying to find the best way to refinish the body. In the picture below we ...
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re-finishing only a limited area of a guitar body

I have bought an Ibanez electric guitar some time ago and the finish was really bad, the top coat was very wavy and not properly finished, like it had not been properly sanded. So I decided to sand it ...
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Recommendation on making a shoe rack [duplicate]

First project - Trying to take up woodworking as a hobby and was confused with all the information available. Please be gentle. I am trying to make a simple shoe rack that will be minimally used and ...
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how to get a really nice finish on wood as a beginner?

In tons of videos, (random YouTube example) the wood transforms into something totally different with a finish. I can't for the life of me get anything even remotely as nice as those things. At best I ...
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finishing maple block toys

I am writing to ask about making maple blocks like these I have checked a few other posts here on stack exchange with regard to wood type and PU varnish, I will be using maple. I live in the EU and ...
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Can I use a poly finish on unstained wood in cold temps?

Total newbie here. Building a bed frame for campervan. Wanted to seal the wood somehow after sanding. Finally decided just a poly coating would be the answer. Went to apply the finish and read the ...
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How do you make construction plywood look better?

I’ve got a 4’x8’ sheet of 5/8” sheathing plywood. It’s got knots and the surface is not smooth. But hey, I got it for a few dollars. I’ve straightened it out. I’d like to make a few boxes for friends. ...
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Tough finish for a painted wooden toy box?

I have made a nice wooden toy box from pine and plywood. I'd like to paint it. It will get bashed around a bit! So I'm looking to achieve a tough finish. I've done some research and am currently ...
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Is it safe to sand sharp edges off of this manufactured desk?

I bought this desk recently from Amazon. The edge of the desk is a little sharp for my liking so I'm thinking about buying a fine sandpaper (320 grit?) to sand it down a little. Is this safe to do? I ...
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Restoring the finish on linseed oil-finished cabinetry

Thirty years ago I built two bookcases from an unknown tropical hardwood. I was in a tropical environment, but knew the cases would end their lives in the Midwest. Given that, I chose to finish the ...
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How do you spray coating on small, light pieces?

Background When I got into woodworking I was making mostly large pieces (bookshelves, desks, etc). This isn't always easy as I get older, and I'm not always having good days with my back, not to ...
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Sealing wet wood?

I recently purchased a slab of black walnut and am needing to make a desk out of it sooner rather than later. Am I able to just finish the top side of the table and leave the bottom of it unsealed so ...
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Design for Disassemblable Corner Joint for Guitar Speaker Chassis [closed]

I am working on the design for a very large speaker chassis (approx. 9' H x 6' W x 2' D). Based on this very large size I'd like this to be able to disassemblable into panels for storage. The chassis ...
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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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Recommendations on finishing cedar

I made a bed frame out of cedar and will be making matching night stands. I love the smell of cedar and want to preserve it for as long as possible. Is there a way to finish these pieces, protecting ...
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How to remedy spilled coffee on unfinished walnut

I accidentally spilled a large mug of coffee with heavy cream on a piece of unfinished walnut veneered plywood that I plan to use in a desk build. I had plans to finish the piece with either tung oil ...
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Mixing a shellac cut?

This might sound like an obvious question to a lot of woodworkers, but I'm seeing some differing definitions on the web. What is the formula for a "shellac cut", i.e. mixing your own shellac?...
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What causes the very dark brown and black color of some antique oak?

In the Britain, there is a great deal of antique oak furniture and even room wood paneling that is very dark brown and black, sometimes with red undertones, and without the typical golden hues of ...
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Removing dents from UV-finished wooden countertop

I have a UV-finished butcher block countertop that has several dents in it. As I know, it is simple to remove dents on unfinished surface using iron on wet wood, but UV-finish makes it complicated (if ...
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Practical indicators that my surface is ready for another coat of Tung Oil

Taking into account that different "Tung Oil" products take from a few hours to eternity to cure. Some say it never cures… Given the fact that curing is not drying… Being aware that some &...
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Can I use tung oil on an old rimu coffee table if I don't know the original finish?

I bought an old rimu coffee table that's been sitting in a garage for the last few years. I really like how it looks so my plan is to clean it thoroughly and then apply pure tung oil for protection. ...
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Should I stain/seal outdoor furniture before or after pre-drilling lots of pocket holes?

EDIT: I am using pine wood, and I intend to plug the holes if I can find xl pocket hole plugs. I do not intend for this piece to last decades. Since this is my first outdoor furniture build, if I get ...
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What are the pros & cons of wet sanding the first coat of BLO on bare wood?

From googling, I have learned that some people recommend wet sanding while you apply BLO (Boiled Linseed Oil). I've read a few different reasons as to why one might do this. Some say it helps fill ...
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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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Sealer for inside of bathroom cabinets [thin plywood]

I am creating some floor-to-ceiling stud bay storage in a bathroom. Bathroom is small but has a vent fan. I am using the RevolutionPly utility sheet goods to line the cabinets. I believe it is made of ...
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How to apply Rubio Monocoat and Black Bison Wax to white oak

I love the look of black bison wax on oak as a way to really bring out the grain. (see example photo) Until now I've only used rubio monocoat as a finish. It's pretty much impossible to mess up and it ...
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Finishing wood next to an existing finish

I'm attaching a new unfinished neck to the body of a finished guitar. What's the best way to finish the neck without damaging the existing finish at the joint to the body? Should I just try finishing ...
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What is stuck on chipboard to give wood appearance in flatpack furniture?

I have discovered that all the desks I own are chipboard. However, on the surface they look like real wood. I conclude that something has been stuck on the suface using glue to give this impression ...
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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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Chair refinishing advice

I got these beautiful cane backed chairs off a local buy nothing group. At some point in their lives someone decided to paint them with a cheap white paint that felt sticky to the touch. I decided to ...
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Is it possible to smooth over sides of re-finished area?

This will be a very basic question, but I'm not sure I trust Googled results. For example, there is a suggestion that I "feather out" polyurethane finish; my experience tells me that it is ...
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Clear finish for wet erase board on wood

I am fairly new to the woodworking scene, and am looking for how to turn a piece of wood into a usable wet erase board, with a clear finish. Doing some digging, I've found a couple of possible ...
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What kind of respirator do I need to safely work with varnish, polyurethane, and oil-based stain?

I like building small projects for around the house, but I don't like exposing myself to the harsh chemicals of finishes. What sort of respirator will give me protection against these chemicals so I ...
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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 finish is this and how can I fix after bad coffee accident…?

I just had a pretty bad friday morning coffee spilling experience and the coffee seem to have ruined the surface finish of two of my kitchen chairs: Either the heat or the acid in the coffee caused ...
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Looking for a recipe for a clear oil+wax finish that doesn't change the colour of the wood

Can someone share a recipe for a clear (non-yellowing) oil wax wood finish? I’ve made paste wax from 1 part wax to 4 parts boiled linseed oil before but I’d like an option that doesn’t change the ...
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Sanding down hardwax finish, how to seal it as close as natural?

I'll preface this by saying that I don't know much about wood finishes but I was hoping to get some help to recover what I've done sor far... I got a butcher block style countertop slab to use as a ...
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Can I add white primer to danish oil to keep birch countertops light color?

New birch butcher block counter that I’d like to keep as light as possible. I’m thinking of whitewash with diluted primer, oil or water base, and either danish oil top coat or a wipe on poly. Can I ...
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Coating / waxing / oiling old wood without darkening it

I make sculptures (well, I try to, anyway) with old wood that I find in the forest. I strip and sand them heavily until I reach the "good" wood underneath the bad parts, but the remaining ...
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light sanding of poly coated gel stain removes gel stain?

I bought a Jarvis/Fully bamboo desktop and am trying to darken the finish. To do this, I started on the bottom of the desktop and tried out the steps on a small portion by: first sanding away the ...
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Can I oil wood if the pores are full of epoxy?

I turned a mesquite bowl to near final dimensions on my lathe, then filled some defects with epoxy. The defects were in end grain areas. After turning it flush and removing enough wood that there are ...
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Why won't stripper remove the finish on this bamboo desktop (from Fully/Jarvis company)?

I bought a Jarvis/Fully bamboo desktop and am trying to darken the finish. To do this, I first want to remove the existing finish. But I am having issues with doing so. Note: pictures are at the ...
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What’s this kind of cracking on the surface of these boards called? Is it fixable?

I’m familiar with this type of crack/check, but I’m not sure how to describe it, or if there is a technical term. I’ve encountered this in the past when we built log furniture, and someone told me it’...
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Fix laminate kitchen counter finish

Recently, I bought a kitchen with a veneered wood top, with black marble-effect finish. The guys that assembled the kitchen used some silicone to join the two pieces of the top, leaving a horrible ...
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Tung Oil vs IKEA STOCKARYD

I bought IKEA GERTON Beech Wood Tabletop. The instructions say to use STOCKARYD wood treatment oil. It seems to be quite simple. They said in IKEA to use K 400 or K 500 sandpaper, when I asked them. ...
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Finished shave horse with linseed oil; now it is too slippery to hold work well

I built this simple shave horse following Rex Kreuger plans; it is made from kiln-dried spruce. It worked great (as far as I can tell, first time using one!) once completed. Since I will be storing it ...
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