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

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Is this a bad cerusing job?

I ordered a side table from a reputable manufacturer. The table was supposed to look like this: However, when I received the table, it looked like this: The white on the side table that I received ...
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Hot tub lid, use paint or oil to seal wood?

I'm wondering what would be a good choice for sealing a outdoor hot tub cover made from plywood? For example, would an outdoor paint or something like tung oil be better for a high heat and humidity ...
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Can wood be “dyed” transparent?

Is it possible to "dye" or otherwise treat wood so that is becomes transparent? Or at least, somewhat permits light to pass? I think I've seen examples of very thin handplane shavings which have a ...
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What is an efficient way to re-use jars containing old shellac for storing new shellac?

I have a handful of glass jars of shellac (mixed up from flakes & denatured alcohol) that are now past their expiry date. Some of the shellac is still fluid, some of them just have a tiny amount ...
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Semi-gloss finish over pure Tung oil

I installed an acacia butcher block countertop and put on 5 coats of pure tung oil and it is now in the drying/curing stage. After curing I need to know what easy to apply product will produce a semi-...
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waterproof an outdoor lettered sign

I recently was gifted a session at a Board and Brush establishment, and made a lettered sign which I wish to hang on the garden fence. I would like to preserve it with a waterproof topcoat. ...
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Can I use Teak Oil instead of linseed oil for my needs?

I have access to reasonably priced linseed oil. However it is cold pressed. Boiled linseed oil is a lot more expensive where I am. Teak oil is in between the two. I do not want to use pure linseed ...
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Removing black stuff from polishing pads

I have just bought a polishing pad & sheepskin wool pad from Festool and have used them to clean up my table saw top. Now they are both covered in black stuff. Is there a best way to remove it ...
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Touching up Guitar Body

I am trying to fix a patch on a guitar, but every time I spray I get this odd fisheye effect: I am trying to spray it with Sunburst Black https://www.stewmac.com/Materials_and_Supplies/...
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Can one apply dark shellac over light shellac (satisfactorily)?

I’ve darkened the color of my shellac by adding dye. I’m quite satisfied with the new color. I have a piece brushed with several coats of the same shellac flakes without dye, and i thought i’d be ...
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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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Tung oil stain resistance

What I've done: Made a small plate out of hard maple. Sanded it down to 220 grit sandpaper. Finished with pure tung oil (100%, not the big box stuff) over the course of about a week, giving four ...
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Water based poly super sensitive scratches white with simply grazing it?

Never dealt with this before but it’s really frustrating. Just built a dining table and 2 other small projects with the scraps. I stained with Varathane stain then applied Varathane water based poly. ...
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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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Clear coat over epoxy?

I just did a pretty big piece of cherry with epoxy resin and there are a few spots that didn’t get covered adequately. Got a light coat but you can see the texture of the wood and not a glassy epoxy ...
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How to remove staining caused by a clamp

I was putting sapele inlay into maple. The inlay was proud by about an 1/8th inch so I only used packing on the underside of the clamp, figuring that any indentations on the top side would be planed ...
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Is there danger of combustion using raw flax / linseed oil for platform bed?

I have built a platform bed using 90%+ cedar (all but some quarter round and the legs). My plan was to use raw, food grade flax / linseed oil to finish it. I like the idea of the raw oil not having ...
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Redwood for bar countertop. Glossy finish questions

Have a 3' X 7' Redwood live-edge slab. Sanded down to 220 grit. After doing some research I decided to coat, multiple light coats, of Danish Oil. It looks great in terms of grain/knots etc but very "...
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making shellac darker / tinting shellac

I’m finishing pine with amber dewaxed shellac (with a brush). I was hoping it would impart to the pieces the same color as the flakes after a few coats, but it’s still looking too yellow for my taste ...
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Food Stain on Polycrylic Cabinet

I just finished painting my cabinets white and to finish it off, I put three coats of polycrylic on top to make them more durable. I placed the cabinet doors back on yesterday. Today, while making a ...
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Choosing a finish for a tusk/key/wedge that stays put

To ensure that a tusk stays put longer in a mortise, is the nature of the finish critical (assuming the piece is cut to a L:W ratio ~10:1)? The particular type of construction i’m referring to is ...
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Oil finishing exposed surface only?

I am new to woodworking and Youtube has been my guide so far. Most videos I have seen, I see them finish with oil but only on top/exposed surfaces. For example, not on joints or under the table/...
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Wax Oil finish on linseed finish

I want to add a 'hard wax oil' on my kitchen table. However I have finished it with a three coats of linseed oil. (once 1:1 turpentine and linseed and 2 coats of pure linseed oil). Is it possible to ...
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Finishing (varnish) in winter

I have many projects that I need to apply finish to. Some I got away with using mineral oil (as that was the intended finish anyways) but others, a table and an acoustic guitar, I need to varnish with ...
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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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Spreading water-based Varathane that is 3 times thicker

I used water-based 3X Varathane on a table top I am refinishing. It is very difficult to spread because it is so thick. It is supposed to be "self-leveling". I cannot brush it on evenly because it ...
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How do I smooth and fill in the C side of ACX plywood?

I want to know how I can make the C side of ACX plywood have a more finished look by smoothing and filling. What should I use and how should I do it? Background: I am making french cleat for my ...
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How to fill in holes and gaps after applying polyurethane

I'm finishing a very rough piece of scrap wood for use as a tabletop and to practice applying polyurethane. I've since found that the holes and gaps aren't really "filled" by the material and that I ...
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Blotchy clear coat water based poly on natural finish

I’m doing a refinishing project for someone and I’ve ran into quite an issue. The color of the wood is not coming out evenly. I’ve only applied one coat for the most part and am starting to sanding ...
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Polycrylic on Red Oak

I am building a table out of red oak. After I sanded it smooth, I stained it with minwax dark walnut (oil based) by using a stain sponge. I would wipe on the stain let it sit for 10 minutes and then I ...
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Outdoor teak table and chairs options

I have acquired a ~10 year old Westminster (do they use grade A teak?) teak table and chairs and am now looking to restore to a high quality, starting with the table. I've had a look online for the ...
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Oiling and sanding

Would it make sense to apply linseed oil before sanding and then sand the piece and then eventually apply the oil again? In order to create less airborne sawdust. Or it wouldn't make much difference?
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Applying finish over furniture repair wax

I have a panel made from recycled lumber - there are a number of 10mm holes from some sort of fixtures in the woods previous life. These are not nail holes, but clean drilled out holes. I'm not ...
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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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Staining pine table top how can I get rid of this spot

How can I get rid of this spot? I sanded and thought I had gotten rid of it. I did not use mineral spirits before applying stain. Any idea on how to get this spot to darken?
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How should I protect dyed wood from interior UV light?

I'm making a watch box that I will dye black with Tranfast wood dye. I'd like to follow up with clear glossy polyurethane. However, I don't know how to protect this finish because the dye's label ...
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How to finish a section of log for outside?

A tree surgeon just took down a sycamore that had been growing in my neighbour's garden (and probably underneath my house), and I kept a section of it to use to make a front door sign. My current ...
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Pores on the face of an end grain chopping board

I recently bought a Hevea chopping board which the manufacturer had annoyingly engraved their logo into, creating a small trap for food particles. It was pretty cheap so I figured I'd keep it and just ...
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Moisture Blushing or Inadequately Mixed Satin Wipe-On Poly?

In the final step of finishing my speakers I was putting satin wipe-on poly over my danish oil. The danish oil sat for 6 days on my walnut paperbacked veneer in my basement with a dehumidifier going. ...
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Should I strip and re-varnish Velux windows when they still look ok?

I’ve got Velux loft windows with a varnished pine wood finish. The Velux instructions recommend stripping and re-varnishing them every 2-4 years: VELUX roof windows However, they look perfectly good,...
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Polyurethane a box (vertical sides)

I was originally going to use spray lacquer for my speaker cabinets which are essentially large cubes. However, I've switched to brush on Poly. Is it possible for me to apply the poly on the ...
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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?