Questions tagged [finishing]

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

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Will poly crack if wood bends?

I have a 3/4” wide and 16’ long piece of raw pine that I’m finishing as a countertop for some storage cabinets in the living room. I plan to use water based stain and polycrylic. I’ve been working on ...
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Is there any reason why I should not finish before I build? [duplicate]

I want to finish some pine wood with Danish oil and then try and build a coffee table. I was wondering if there is any reason to build before finishing. I realise that Im probably going to finish some ...
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Finishing jatoba and maple chess board

I'm building a chess board -- I decided to use jatoba and maple for the board itself, (and am using wenge and maple for the trim). After milling the jatoba, the exposed surfaces of the jatoba are no ...
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Sanding woods of different hardnesses perfectly flat

I'm making a chess board from jatoba and maple. I made a mistake in my planning stage, and mis-interpretted the max width of my planer. As such, the board top is now just a bit to wide to go through,...
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Staining over epoxy [duplicate]

I am building a dining table out of of cracked reclaimed wood. I’ve mistakenly filled in the cracks with epoxy first and am now looking to stain the wood. Obviously, a normal stain won’t adhere to the ...
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Is it necessary to apply finish to both sides of a table top?

I am building a very large (110" X 48") dining table. I intend to finish the wood by applying Danish oil and a water-based, oil-modified, polyurethane. Since it won't be exposed to wear, is it ...
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Sealing a Stained Poplar Bed Frame

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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How can I seal/stain white cedar to make look similar to its original light color?

I made this white cedar chest & I want to protect it from rain and graying from ultraviolet (UV) sun exposure. I desire an oil stain or sealer because I have seen skin-peeling from varnish, ...
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Method to remove wood sticker stain / discolored area from pine?

I am using some old pine for flooring and want to keep the rustic saw mark appearance on the face. There are 1” wide horizontal stains across the boards left by wood stickers from drying or stacking ...
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How to remove the "yellow" look from pine?

I recently finished building my stairs with pine wood. I was expecting to stain them to give it a bit darker look, but I didn't like the end result. I know I should have picked another wood to start ...
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Heat resistant finish for beech/oak trivets

I'm making some trivets (beech, oak) as christmass gifts and I'm not sure what finish to use - I'm not really too much concerned about trivet's finish damage - I'm more concerned about finish leaving ...
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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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How to finish untreated European Oak wooden floors

I have bought a Oak Wooden floor planks unfinished. I have filled all the knots with clear resin and sanded it back for a lovely finish. I now need to protect the planks from drying out and cracking, ...
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Live wood coffee table [duplicate]

Going to use a prestain, then perhaps golden oak to even out the dark and light variations. Question what do I protect it with against red wine etc. I already have a red wine ring 😡. I have ...
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Is this a professional furniture refinishing job?

When I got married and bought a house, my parents gave me their old dining set— the one I grew up with. It’s seen a lot of abuse from my kids at my house and I decided to get it and the chairs ...
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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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What's the best process for sanding/finishing reactive stained oak floor with hardwax oil to leave the best surface?

I have raw oak floorboards which are being individually stained and finished before being laid. For context - this is my first time doing anything like this, so apologies for my lack of technical ...
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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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Can I leave indoor wooden furniture unfinished or will it grow mold?

I purchased some furniture that has wooden elements to it that ended up being unfinished. Should I be concerned about this? During the more humid months, will these elements grow mold on them? For ...
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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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How to fill 2”x12” gap in hardwood floor with something that looks nice

I have a 1-2" gap in my hardwood floor after I needed to swap a larger register with a smaller one. 1 I need to replace a 12" x 10" supply register grill with a 12" x 8" ...
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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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After using Minwax gel stain in Mahogany... which top coat ? Minwax Water Based Oil-Modified Polyurethane or Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane?

I applied 1 coat of Minwax gel stain in mahogany to a coffee table, waited 24 hours and then applied a 2nd coat of gel stain. Waited 3 days for the gel stain to cure and I'm now ready for a topcoat. ...
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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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Is water-based polyurethane completely scratch resistant?

Just received a custom table finished with minwax water-based polyurethane. It's been about a week so I tested applying pressure with my fingernail, which did leave a small scratch if you look closely....
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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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Lacquer/polyurethane over paint?

I am painting cabinet doors using Dulux waterbased satinwood. It does seem to remain in a state where things touching it tend to stick. I have found this to be the case on other doors even after many ...
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Process for Food Safe Finishing

I have just created my first cutting board and coated it with some salad bowl finish. My question is what is the process for finishing the project? How many coats of finish do I need to put on it and ...
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Restoring old furniture finish

I have an old table that I'm working on. I initially was just taking off the wobbly feet and putting them back on more firmly. But I was wondering if there's a good way to fix up the scratches. There'...
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How do I remove scratches between layers of polyurethane?

My husband and I have been building a farm table and we are oh-so-close to being done, but we are having issues in the final coats of polyurethane on the top. Here's a rundown: We stained the wood ...
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After two coats of Minwax low luster Antique Oil Finish stain color is still rubbing off

I applied the stain as per the directions, waited 5 minutes then rubbed it off. It dried overnight. I applied the finish generously, waited 10 minutes, then rubbed it off, waited 24 hours then ...
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Should I use sandpaper or Steel Wool between coats of polyurethane?

Polyurethane is typically my go-to finish, but I'd always just kind of done it how dad showed me rather than reading the instructions, sanding with fine grain between coats, or not at all if it's ...
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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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When to finish modular projects [closed]

I’m building a custom loft bed for my son in my garage. The final assembly is too large to make it up the stairs to his room so I’ll need to disassemble it to get it up there. I’m planning to stain ...
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How to obtain protective yet close to the wood satin finish on desktop?

I am finishing a piece of acacia glued up stave construction commonly called butcher block. It will be used as a desktop. I sanded it to 320 and put 3 coats of BLO/MS on it. It's mostly cured (I ...
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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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Water based poly finish over oil based stain is tacky

In my first attempt on a woodworking project, I am trying to spruce up a dresser made of raw pine wood. I stained it using Varathane oil stains. After it dried completely over a couple of days I ...
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Proper way to re-oil a wood swim deck?

I’ve had the swim deck pictured below on my boat for a few summers now and the finish is getting pretty faded. I bought some teak oil to re-oil (right term?) it, but I’m unsure if I should just apply ...
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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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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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How to de-emphasize grain in red oak shelves

I'm preparing to finish new red oak shelves I've built in my kitchen. I'm planning to apply a color stain and I'd like it to have a nice, even finish. I'm going for a more uniform appearance, with ...
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Antique Danish Oil is still sticky months after application. How can I get it to cure?

I refinished a softwood tabletop using Minwax Red Oak 215 stain and Circa 1850 Antique Danish Oil. I've waited over 6 months and the oil is still sticky/tacky! We're talking post-it note levels. I ...
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Best clear finish for German beech to avoid blotching? [closed]

We have used beech in our bathroom and used WoodDoc Antique Wax to protect it. Unfortunately, although it looked beautiful, it did nothing to protect the surface from water splashes. We stripped the ...
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Drying time on line tongue and groove boards

I have staying and sealed the tongue and groove boards with 2 coats of poly. I need to restack them until the contractor comes to install them. How long should they dry before I do this?
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Retain smell of wood on a tool and also protect it?

I recently cut down a (dead) pinyon pine and I'm using part of it to make a handle for a hammer. While working with this wood the smell of it is out-of-this-world amazing. Once the handle is finished ...
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okay to put one coat of linseed oil over one coat of tung oil?

I'm in a situation where I had to take a piece from one shop to another as I moved cross country. Yesterday I applied one coat of tung oil per the container's instructions. The shop I am in this ...
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What are these white fibers emanating from the inside of my lignum vitae lidded box?

Several months ago I turned this lignum vitae lidded box. The first thing I noticed after completing it was how quickly the wood changed color in the sunlight, going from a just-turned honey brown to ...
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Can a 23g nail gun satisfy all of my needs?

I'm looking into buying a nail gun to help when assembling my projects - holding them in place while glue dries or I have the chance to secure with screws; the only issue is that I have no experience ...
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How significant is the yellowing from aging polyurethane?

It seems that at least half of the questions we get about finishing are along the lines of "I don't want any yellowing from my finish", or "I don't want any yellowing because of aging ...

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