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

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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 (raw linseed oil, boiled linseed oil, or pure tung oil). One method consists in letting the oil penetrate ...
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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 ...
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320 Grit Sandpaper TOO fine for oil based finish?

I have been working on a very rustic bookcase made from 100+ year old fence pickets, and I decided to use some red oak for the actual shelves themselves. I have already begun the staining process for ...
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How to finish paint/poly removal from a guitar body

I've been working on stripping the paint from one of my guitar bodies. It had a fairly thick polyurethane finish so I stripped it with my heat gun and sanded off the majority of the rest with my mouse ...
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How should I polish and finish this table top stained with Minwax Polyshades?

I built a dining tabletop out of pine and stained it three times with Minwax Polyshades Pecan and a fourth time with Minwax Polyshades Espresso. The fourth coat was just to get the rough looking ...
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How are bubbles avoided when brushing on Polyurethane?

I have used polyurethane a few times. Each time I've tried to be more careful about creating bubbles, but the finish was still riddled with bubbles. Just the act of dipping the brush in the can and ...
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Coating gone wrong

I have a large piece of Camphor Laurel that I have sanded and given a sealing coat to. I'm using Bonball Marine Varnish. I have left it between coats for 24 hours. This is the 3rd full coat today and ...
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Finishing a wooden piece by oiling instead of varnish/paint/lacquer

I have just been making my first guitar over the last few days from scratch and I have just gotten to the point of needing a finish for it. It is a solid body slide guitar. I was wondering if anyone ...
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How to disguise gaps in wooden joints

I am making a guitar and have slotted the neck into the body but there are some large gaps between the neck and body. Is there any foolproof way to disguise these gaps. I have been thinking of mixing ...
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finish for a very large pine dining table — is beeswax crazy?

I am an enthusiastic but novice wood worker, and this is my first large project. The table is made of pine boards (and possibly some fir? I've been doing several projects lately and I'm not 100% sure ...
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Is natural resin + beeswax + oil suitable as a wood finish?

I usually apply raw coconut oil to my wooden stuff once a year. I do this because I want to keep things as natural as possible: I like the original color of wood and I dislike varnishes and finishes ...
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Emmets Good Stuff

How do I avoid streaks or elevated lines when I wipe off the Good Stuff? Should it be thinned somehow so that the gel will settle onto an even plane? I do not have a problem with the initial coat as ...
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How to create a coped casing joint

I'm looking to replicate the below image. I originally thought this was a jack miter but I was wrong. Please help! I know I'm being needy on this task but I'm 2 weeks at this and I'm still stuck. :( ...
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Installing casing using jack miters

I'm looking to match the butt style casing installation of my old home. Standard 45 mitered casing and planning the backside has worked for me in newer homes First floor example with backband The ...
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Trim / Casing and Baseboard choices between rooms

I understand this is partially design, however I think it's part of the art of fine trim carpenters. This is my second floor sitting room which has routed 1x8s as baseboard and 1x6 with the same ...
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Does it matter when you sand in relation to applying a finish?

When I was building my first piece of furniture I remember reading a SO answer or forum post where someone made a special note of how sanding has some effect on opening up the grain, and either should ...
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Moisture spot on deck

We built a deck last summer and now we are ready to stain. The only issue is we left a rug on it all year and now we have a rectangle that is a different color because it held moisture. Should we ...
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What kind of finish does this need to be weatherproof/durable?

I'm not sure what type of wood this is, only that a Star Jasmine is responsible for killing the tree this branch came from. If I can prepare this without you needing to know the wood type, what sorts ...
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Rough polyurethane job.

I applied poly after staining what I thought was a smooth surface pine board. Rough when first coat dried. Sanded it lightly and is fairly smooth. I want to apply another coat but dust is sticking to ...
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What is a good non-yellowing finish for maple?

I am in the process of building a bench for indoor use out of hard maple. It will only get indirect sun when it is complete. This is my first project with this light of a wood (I've worked primarily ...
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OSB chair finishing

I'm currently working on a boxed-shaped chair made out of OSB (oriented-strand board). I'll be using it as a chair, but the surface of it is very rough and has some splinters on it. I don't think ...
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How to get writing out of a soft wood desk top

I recently purchased a beautiful office desk made from a soft wood. Before I could set up proper safeguards, my son laid down a piece of paper and went to writing -- and pressed all of his words into ...
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What cleaning products can be used on a wood piece coated with acrylic lacquer?

I have finished several pieces of wood furniture with acrylic lacquer. Some of them are getting fingerprints, dust, etc on them. Besides using a simple duster, what product should be used to clean ...
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Can I puddle a little 2 part epoxy to fix a problem with a flood poly coat

I want to put the final coat(s) of wipe on poly over a gloss poly next to last coat of material. I previously applied many coats of Gloss polyurethane, but now I need to finish this project today. Can ...
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Finish and pitted grain in red oak

I am refinishing an old Franlin desk. The wood is red oak. The pores are fairly open. After sanding off the old finish and stain the wood looks like the surface of the moon (a slight exaggeration). I ...
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How do I avoid 'orange peel' when rubbing out acrylic lacquer?

I'm relatively new to woodworking. I just finished some desktops made from Eastern White Pine, and coated with 5-7 coats of post-catalyzed acrylic lacquer (Target Coatings EM-6000 + CL-1000) sprayed ...
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Remove wax from wood grain

I have a piece of walnut I finished with Danish oil then poly. After it cured I sanded it with high grit sandpaper then applied a small amount of wax and polished. I did the whole process on the ...
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What are the hardness ratings for the different types of lacquers and polyurethanes?

I have read a lot of opinions online about the hardness of different finishes, but I cannot find any authoritative numbers for hardness ratings for the different types of finishes in the lacquer and ...
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How long after cutting wood can I wait to glue?

I am building a dining room table and it has taken me several months to cut all the pieces. Will the glue have any problems sticking to the edges that have been jointed/cut several months ago? I am ...
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Is this a good approach to fixing damaged mdf holes along the edge?

Please note that I tried to break this question up into three relevant sections, separated by the large headers Here's what happened to the cabinet I was moving an empty wood file cabinet down some ...
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Raw/Pure Tung Oil finish - seeping issues

PLEASE: IF responding to this post, do NOT reply unless you know the difference between Raw/Pure/Unadulterated Tung Oil, Polymerized Tung Oil, and what is marketed as "Tung Oil Finish" -- or tell me ...
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Should I apply my stain/varnish before or after drilling hundreds of tightly packed little holes

I have a small project during which I drill hundreds of little holes (the largest of which is 1/8 in.). Typically, I have always started with this process, then added ornamental carvings/burnings, ...
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Cloudy whiteish looking spot on my finish - what happened?

Have a weird spot on a walnut headboard I was hoping that someone could help me with. See the picture below. There is a cloudy whiteish looking spot in the middle of the headboard. It only shows if ...
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Wooden Music Box oily and leaving residue on paper. is leaking residue toxic? bought in Salzburg, Austria from market vendor

i was hoping to gift this to a friend, but I don't want to give something that has a substance that could potentially be toxic! Why is it greasy when it's just wood, and is the oil toxic?
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Time between enamel and shellac

I have painted a guitar with Behr Marquee Semi-gloss enamel (Water based). According to their website: Dry time : 1 Hr Re-coat time : 2 Hr Cure : 30 Days I want to shine it with Bulls eye shellac. ...
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Suggested Driftwood hardeners or coating

I would like to mail out a small collection of Pacific Island (Guam) Driftwood. I need to completely coat-harden driftwood so U.S.Postal Service WILL let me mail back to the states. What hardeners ...
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Using a sheet sander vs hand sanding

I have just made a picture frame that is 30" x 9" and 2.5" from the inside of the frame to the outside. I was just given a sheet sander and I am looking to sand the frame so it has a smooth finish ...
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Minimum time between coats of Danish Oil?

I'm refinishing an old spinning wheel and have one coat of Danish Oil on the wheel. I NEED the whole thing finished and assembled by saturday morning and was hoping to get three coats of oil on it in ...
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How can I control the “reddening” of Red Alder as it dries?

On the top is a freshly turned Red Alder bowl. As it dries, the alder bowl turns splotchy red. Different bowl redden different amounts. How can I control the amount the bowl turns red? Ideally it ...
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What finish is suitable for a childrens toy?

I'm designing a children's toy and I need it to have a non toxic, water resistant finish that can withstand being put in mouths, being thrown around and that is easy to clean.