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

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Staining veneer in humid weather

I am working in my garage in Wisconsin in August so needless to say it’s super muggy/humid. I’ve veneered my speaker cabinet and I’m getting ready to stain. Should I bring in the cabinets and put ...
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Spray on Lacquer for Vertical Surface

I have a rectangular speaker cabinet (basically a box). Can I use spray lacquer and spray all sides at once? Otherwise I have to account for a lot of overspray.
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Can I use a foam roller to spread contact cement for veneering

I’m pretty terrible with a paint brush and have been practicing veneering. I just tried a foam 4” roller and it worked well... so far. I wonder if these are one time use or if they would “flake” off?...
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Can I black dye gorilla glue and use it to fill cracks in wood instead of black epoxy?

I am wondering if it would be possible to dye black gorilla glue and use it to fill cracks in wood instead of the well known black epoxy method? Why? Because finding right epoxy and dealing with it ...
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Polyurathane issue

I didn't make this piece but I believe it has poly on it . It's my son's desk. Where his arms rest on the top it seems to have softened the finish, and it's now sticky. Washed it with murphy's and ...
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Is stain an acceptable final finish?

I am planning to put wood beams on my tall ceilings and I don't have much time to do both a stain AND a finish on the beams. If I just stain the beams, will this be acceptable? Or do I have to coat it ...
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White deposit in tung oil

What could this white deposit be in this little bottle of Tung oil? Does this affect the oil? Should I take any measure?
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Polyurethane finish

I have an oak coffee table with several coats of polyurethane. It has cured for several months. When I rubbed out the finish I can still see surface scratches in bright sunlight. How do I get rid ...
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Polycyclic over oil based polyurethane

If I have already used oil based polyurethane for a base coat can I use water based polycyclic over top of the oil based? Will it stick or just peel off?
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Finishing a beech desk top (Ikea Gerton), suitability of tung oil

I recently made a desk using a Gerton beech wood top from Ikea. Ikea recommends using their Behandla finishing oil in the instructions included with the top. I am a bit skeptical of this finish, ...
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Best finish for outdoor oak wine barrell chairs

I have built four oak wine barrel chairs that will be outdoors in a dry, high-UV climate. I see other chairs in our climate that the poly finish cracks and doesn't last long. I would like to put on an ...
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Clear top coat on top of polishing?

Hi I have a project of brass. The job wasn’t prepared carefully before spraying the 1st time . Hence, it resulted in a lot of dust and imperfections. I have already wet sanded it with 1000-1500-3000-...
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What kind of finishes can kids safely work with and apply?

I'm developing a hands-on workshop/demo series for elementary schools kids. At some point, I'd like the kids to apply a finish to the baubles I/we make during the workshops. What would be a good wood ...
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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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Wood conditioner then stain then oil?

I’m about to finish my first woodworking project, it’s a tv stand made from 2x4s. I’ve been doing some research on finishing but can’t find an exact answer. I’ve seen that a wood conditioner should be ...
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Can I rub out out water-based wipe-on poly with steel wool?

I'm finishing a small side table using this water-based wipe-on poly, and wasn't sure how to go about "rubbing out" the end product. I was planning on following this video. Basically, sand with a fine ...
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Stains on Hardwood Floor

I am a newbie here and have already done some research about this, no luck yet. I am trying to get rid of the stains on my hardwood floor. Two -almost exact- stains. Trying to get rid of the original ...
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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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Need finishing tips for 50 yr old semi rough sawn wood paneling in a living room

Looking for finishing tips for old semi rough sawn boards in a living room. The wood is very dry and not very attractive as it sits now and I do not want to polyurethane it. Any suggestions?
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Wood Coasters from Tree Branch finish

My family just chopped down an old silver maple tree in their backyard. It has some great branches that are about 2-3 inches. We thought that slicing them and cutting them up into thinner pieces to ...
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How to speed drying of unknown finish in high humidity?

I'm in Malaysia helping my sister in law setup for a dinner party this evening. She has a beautiful 6' diameter table that had some stains on it. She had some eucalyptus oil based cleaner that we used ...
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Wood stain coming off wood onto hands

Let me first say that I am new here but hoping to get an answer for a specific question. I'm not really a woodworker, so your tolerance is appreciated. I was recently gifted a very nice sword. The ...
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Salvaging Failed Spar Varnish/Danish Oil Finishing Layers on Redwood Live-Edge Slab

This question is a follow-up/continuation to another SO question of mine with added detail and hopefully a better explanation of my approach and current state of the board. The state of the wood slab ...
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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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Stop the “wet look” of top coat on grey wood

I am almost done with an interior office door project.The doors are massive (8ft tall) Fir doors that I grayed with vinegar and steel wool. My wife loves the color and all the testing I have done ...
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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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Can shellac be rubbed out?

I want to try a rubbed out finish. Wondering if shellac will work? I'm using maple and cherry for a mirror frame.
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Protecting wood without artificial looking finishes

I'm fairly new to woodworking, from what I can tell, finishes like lacquer are good for adding protection to wood and waterproofing them. The main issue I have with lacquer is the plastic-like gloss ...
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Wood Safe Finish for Cutting Board

I made an end grain cutting board for my wife that had various hard woods that were all supposedly food safe. Doing some reading and watching videos, I understand that this can vary depending on ...
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Bleeding bubbles through stain

Okay I saw another question about bleeding through paint but this is stain so it may have a different solution. I sanded, used prestain conditioner, and minwax stain on a desk I’m attempting to ...
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Can I stack wood finished with Danish Oil while it cures?

This is my first time using Danish Oil. I'm putting in a pine ceiling and wanted to finish it with this because I love the look and because, it being a ceiling, I don't have to worry about too much ...
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Using aerosol cans for sanding sealer on bare wood

I'm new to woodworking, but I am starting to dabble in building my own guitars from scratch (just a slab of wood). I have been reading up on things, and it appears a lot of people that build guitars ...
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How to repair the edges of a plywood

I can't find the words for my problems. But this is the ply I want to repair. I want to make a rack using brackets.
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How can wood bubble?

After staining with an oils based stain, I let dry for 48 hours. I put a coat of water based polyurethane and the wood began to bubble up. It looks like an air pocket when you lay contact paper. Any ...
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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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Can polyurethane be used outdoors?

I get Minwax polyurethane and it is oil based, indoor use. But I have some projects that will be used outside, couldn't I use the stuff I have without having to buy spar urethane? I am thinking it ...
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Drying time of dewaxed shellac

What is drying time of dewaxed shellac before I apply water based top coat?
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Best way to finish red oak stairs?

I just had a new staircase of red oak installed and I'm trying to determine the best way to finish it. I want a low/zero VOC product with no color to it, just to harden and let the natural red oak ...
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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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Border looks strange after grinding floorboard

We had in Germany a red color on our floorboard called oxblood (Ochsenblut). This is how it looked: We asked someone to grind our floorboard. Although we like the outcome, the border looks somehow ...
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Are Oil finishing and Oil polishing complementary?

There seems to exist two different procedures to finish wood with vegetal penetrating oils (linseed (boiled or raw), or pure tung oil). One method consists in letting the oil penetrate into the wood ...
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How to fix this blotchy staining job?

As part of a renovation, my contractor had to remove some 60 year old Southern pine stair treads and replace with new ones. When staining to match the remaining treads, the color match was okay, but ...
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Is a mess-free, high gloss finish possible?

I have read the discussions regarding high gloss finishes, but haven't quite found the answer I'm seeking for my unique situation. I have a built-in cabinet in my condo. It has dark stain and varnish. ...
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Will thinning oil-based varnish facilitate curing at cool temperatures?

So my northern California shop temp is hovering between 40 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit this time of year. This is too cool for oil-based varnish to cure. So I was wondering if thinning the varnish and ...
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Painting the edges of a cutout (inner and outer edges)

Is there a special technique that anyone can recommend for painting inner and outer edges of a cutout (say, from a jigsaw or something). I've thrown together an example in Tinkercad: I'm planning on ...
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To prepare SPF (spruce/pine/fir) tabletop before a finish: should I use scraping, planing, or sanding?

My tabletop is made of selected SPF boards and has been planed with a handplane. I've added breadboard ends to each end. I'm preparing the surface for a finish, and trying to avoid sanding altogether, ...
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Finish for hand painted/lettered wood sign

I've just started cutting, sanding, and staining premium pine craft wood from Lowe's to make my hand painted signs. I do hand lettering and use water based acrylic paint pens and sometimes gel pens. I ...
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Should I use a conditioner on maple before applying tung oil finish or polyurethane?

I am getting to the end stages of building a desk out of maple. Should I use a wood conditioner on my maple wood before applying tung oil finish or polyurethane? I have tried a bit of both on a test ...
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Using Tung Oil and Polyurethane on Maple?

I am getting close to completing a desk I am building. This has been a very ambitious project for me as this is the first time I have ever built any furniture (shelving not counted) and this is a ...