Questions tagged [finishing]

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

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Will my tacky polyurethane eventually cure when average air temperature rises?

So, for lack of a proper shop, I was applying a first coat of undiluted Varathane Ultimate Polyurethane (oil based) to a plywood box using my dining room table under a plastic drop cloth as a work ...
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How can I fix smears after wipe on gel finish?

I have a problem with the gel topcoat that I applied on my kitchen table. I decided to restore our old kitchen table so I sanded it down, used General Finishes gel stain and applied General Finishes ...
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Will tung oil be enough waterproof / water resistant finish for this mahogany/sapele bathroom piece?

What you can see in the pic is the dry fit of this mahogany piece into my bathroom. It fits very snug into the wall pocket. In the pic is just bare wood, no finish applied yet. I've already treated it ...
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Number of polyurethane coats before I can polish?

My first post on WoodWorking Stack Exchange so please forgive me in advance if my question has been answered before. I am new to woodworking and have read a lot of information regarding working with ...
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How to get consistent glossiness in shellac finish repair

I've been repairing the shellac finish on paneling in my home, and some spots are coming out way too flat when dried. In this photo you can see how the glossiness isn't consistent, even though I ...
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Can preservative-treated Douglas fir safely be used indoors (after planing the outer layer off)

I have a bunch of Douglas fir planks left over from another project. These were originally intended for outdoor use and are treated with some kind of preservative that leaves a colored stain (they ...
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treatment for countertop already treated with Behandla oil

Many years ago, I installed a countertop & treated it with Ikea's Behandla oil. I see that the current Behandla is listed as "glazing paint" and has a tint. I want to sand out & ...
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Peppermint oil damaged table finish

Recently I put a cup that had a bit of peppermint oil on the bottom of it on my table. It must have dissolved and adhered the finish because the cup was firmly stuck to the table. After removing it, ...
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Veneer and Air Bubbles

Some background: I'm making two chess sets, connected via internet. The pieces have magnets, and the board has magnetic sensors, so when a piece is moved on one board, it is dragged with an ...
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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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Is this a good way to highlight a laser engraved design in wood?

I'm making a signboard for a coffee bar. It's made from three glued together pieces of douglas fir tongue and groove floorboards that were installed in 1945. The engraving is done and I want to keep ...
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Restoring old oak chair but at a loss for something I've never seen

I am trying to restore an old oak chair that was given to me by my mother. It was my great grandfather's and is probably 120-140 yrs old. At the front of the chair seat there is a long ~3/8ths slit, ...
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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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Using acrylic paint lettering

Good morning. I am making a charcuterie board and want to use water based acrylic for decorative lettering. All of the sanding has been done. Should I use the mineral oil coating prior to putting on ...
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How to smooth out grain texture from shellac?

I sanded the surface to 320 before applying shellac, it was quite smooth to the touch. Unfortunately, right away with the first shellac coat, a grain texture formed, worst in the darkest species. I ...
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How do I keep the natural colour on wormy maple?

I have some beautiful wormy maple barn doors that I want to finish. I've tried Minwax oil-modified polyurethane clear satin and tung oil separately on a small corner and both turned the wood slightly ...
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Will varnish stop bare wood from warping?

I am looking to purchase some unfinished ash strip wood for some interior decorative purposes. The retailer advised that whilst it is 'ready to use' (in reference to the wood having been planed etc), ...
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Anyone with experience using “Sansin Purity-Glacier”?

My local lumber store stocks and sells the Sansin line of finishes. I am planning to finish a maple countertop soon, and want a hard, durable finish that maintains the "whiteness" of the ...
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After 4 coats of light wipe on poly my counter looks spotty

I have butcher block counter tops that I just bought. Unfinished birch to be exact. I stained the block then let sit for 48hr. After that, I put 4 coats of wipe on poly on. It looks and feels fine ...
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Curing no-VOC finishes indoors?

I started some furniture projects with Baltic Birch plywood this summer. I've been using low-VOC Varathane gel stain (clear) and their Diamond Wood Finish (Semi-Gloss) to finish the pieces, and I do ...
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Polyurethane on top of an uneven texture

I'm building a headphone amp - I've opted to go for a patchy paint job on top because I like the pattern it introduces. Having said that, the paint is uneven as a result. If I kept this as is and ...
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Finish cutting board with shellac on bottom and oil on top

I want to put shellac on the sides and bottom of a cutting board made from mesquite to protect it. Then on the top (the cutting surface) I was planning on using mineral oil. I did a fair amount of ...
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Ikea Stockaryd wood treatment oil

I have the Ikea Karlby countertop, which is a walnut veneer - can you use the Stockaryd oil to help treat and waterproof the countertop?? Can't find anywhere on Ikea that says that this product can be ...
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Food safe water proofing finish?

I'm looking to build a vertical farm for practical and decorative purposes. It would be a tube design where I pump water to the top and it would trickle down along the sides of the tube, watering the ...
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One spot on a plywood does not accept stain. What can I do?

I bought a plywood from lowes for 49 for a table top. It has a smooth finish and has an almost white color. I sanded it with 150. Applied minwax pre stain and then dark walnut stain. All oil based. ...
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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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Stop my drawers from blocking caused by a layer of paint

I built a wooden cupboard with drawers. When the woodworking was finished, the drawers could be pulled out smoothly but I then applied stain onto the drawers and the cupboard, which now makes the ...
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Replacing cutout in oriented-strand board (OSB)

I cut out a small 4" x 5" piece of oriented-strand board out of a wall. I saved this cut out piece so I can re-attach it. When I put the piece back in the hole I cut, what do I use to re-...
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Advice on safely storing chemicals outside

I am setting up my new home shop and am considering a smallish yellow metal chemical safe to store alcohol, varnish, etc. I am wondering if I would not be better off for fire safety and indoor air ...
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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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Polycrylic getting sticky and peeling/wearing off

I coated a bare wood acacia table for a computer desk with Minwax polycrylic about 4 months ago and made sure it was dried the recommended 24 hours before regular use. 4 months later, I noticed the ...
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Additional layer of protection over polymerized linseed oil that maintains feel

I recently finished a pine table with 100% polymerized linseed oil (Tried and True), however would like to retain the natural feel of the wood while protecting it more. Ideally looking for something ...
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DIY “white wash” from thinning latex interior paint?

I'm looking to paint a red oak commission piece and the client asked about a "white wash" type finish instead of purely opaque white paint such that the grain shows through. I was wondering if there ...
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Proper way to dilute water based oil-modified polyurethane?

What is the proper way to dilute water based oil-modified polyurethane? I know for oil based poly, to use mineral spirits. Water based poly, use water. I couldn't find any details on how to dilute ...
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IKEA Gerton (solid beechwood) treatment with mineral oil?

So I need a new desk, and preferably something that's solid wood that can support my dual-monitor mount without sagging or bending. I currently have an Ikea desk that's made of particleboard, and it's ...
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What can I put on an unfinished cabinet that will not get a lot of use

This cabinet will not get a lot of use. More of a storage cabinet that will have a lamp and cable box. I just need some sort of finish. Really don’t want to change the color.
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Can you apply wood conditioner without staining?

I made a cutting board for my self-healing cutting mat. Would I be able to use just the Minwax wood conditioner and no poly or stain? My first wood project was the craft table. After finishing it I ...
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Is a HPLV or Airless Paint Sprayer better for projects with a lot off nooks/crannies?

I'm trying to decide whether to buy a HPLV sprayer or on Airless sprayer for applying Lacquer/Polyurethane to my woodworking projects. Lately I've been doing a lot of outdoor projects with some ...
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Best finish to keep an oak kitchen counter top looking matte and natural

I am about to re-sand my oak kitchen counters. There is quite a lot of it, including the upstand and splash back. Looks like the previous owners have used various oils over the past, including one had ...
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Flush fitting to an uneven surface

I'm building a kitchen cabinet into a concrete wall that has been rendered imperfectly (over concrete blocks that weren't perfect either). In some places, the front of my plywood cabinet box is flush ...
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How strictly should I follow temperature guidelines for brushing lacquer?

I'm trying to finish a small piece with brushing lacquer, which I have not used before. The can says that I should not apply it if the temperature is below 55F (13C). The temperature in my area has ...
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Ash, seasoning, and epoxying to aluminium

I've decided to make a pizza peel from aluminium sheet with an ash handle, and because aluminium sheet isn't very strong I'm going for a full tang construction. As ash is nice to work green, I've ...
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What are these blemishes along the grain and how do I correct them?

I have a dining table made out of Acacia Wood. The process of preparation was: Mill the table flat Sand the table to 180 Grit Spray Nitrocellulose Lacquer Lightly sand back Spray 4 heavier coats of ...
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Finishes over mineral oil

Over the past few days I have been refinishing a cedar chest. I used stripper and a razor blade to remove most of the old finish before starting to sand. I sanded it up to 600 grit. I was reading ...
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How to Fix Wood Tabletop (Finish stripped off by bottom of bug spray can left on overnight)

After leaving a bug spray can on my wooden table overnight, I went to remove it the following morning. When I did the wood seemed stuck to the bottom of the can. As I removed it, the finish was taken ...
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Sanded lightly between coats of minwax. Applied second coat and you can see where I sanded. How can you fix this?

Refinishing a pine table. Applied one coat of minwax wipe on then sanded as told. Applied second coat and sanding marks still showing. Can it be fixed?
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What's the polishing method to achieve/maintain this smooth, reflective finishing

I bought this set of 30-year old dining table and chairs from Craigslist, and the owner indicated that they would polish them every year. I was stupid not to follow up with a question about their ...
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Removing a chemical or food stain on oiled wood table

I made a kitchen table from oak wood, and oiled the surface. It's a great looking piece and I'm very proud of it. Yesterday I must have stained it with a cleaning product, I unfortunately do not know, ...
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What is patting on poly, What material is needed and how do i do it and is it better than using a brush?

I'm working on redoing a 3x3 butcher block and turning it into a craft table for my granddaughter and she wants a nice finish on it. What is patting on poly?

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