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

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Is it necessary to cover all veneered particle board ends?

Visible/accessible edges are trivial - we cover them for pleasant looks, durability and to avoid getting splinters. What are the benefits/needs of covering unseen ends of veneered particle boards ...
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Stair treads do not look smooth after sanding and finishing

I recently bought a house and decided to remove the carpet from the stairs and install hardwood instead. To save money, I decided to buy unfinished stair treads and risers and to finish them myself. ...
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Finishing on a crucifix

I've made a crucifix for my partner, and am down to finishing it. (It's about nine inches, made to be hung on a wall.) It is maple, padauk and cherry. The corpus will either be copper or vermeil, if ...
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Single coat of coloured Danish oil?

I am using an oak effect Danish oil and have applied it to a couple of test pieces of pine, one with 3 coats with 30 mins between coats and one with a single coat, and left overnight. The single coat ...
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How can I protect my teak table while maintaining its raw and unfinished look?

I have an outdoor teak table that I want to be protected against the weather without altering the way it looks too much. I put clear spar urethane on my chairs and was unhappy because they ended up ...
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Which additives increase shellac's heat resistance?

I like shellac's color and ease of application, but the bottom of my laptop melts my table's finish. Yes, seriously. I'm thinking to cross-link the finish (taking advantage of all the hydroxyl and ...
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What can be done to correct wipe-on poly that is still tacky after 24 hours?

The project is an oak dining table top. The varnish had worn off in spots. After stripping a few spots that had been exposed for longer still had a gray, aged look. It is a veneer so I didn't want to ...
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Longterm protection for outdoor painted bird feeder (bird safe & environmentally friendly)?

I'm custom building some bird feeders which will be sold for a charity. They need to be safe for birds, look decent for a while, preferably be environmentally friendly. 1) What are my options for ...
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Do I need to worry about incidental contact between a finish and its thinner / solvent once it's cured?

This is probably most applicable for water-based finishes, but I suppose it could be generalized to all finishes. Once a finish has dried / cured, do I need to worry about incidental contact between ...
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Harden soft pine

I made a dutch tool chest out of extremely soft pine. I was wondering if there is some penetrating finish that will harden up the outside a little bit. Obviously it won't be dent proof but maybe ...
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Wear out of wooden floor

In a dance studio I have a flooring from engineered wood, with top layer ~3mm ash. After 2 years the heavily used spot looks like this: While in the corner, where there's not much traffic, it looks ...
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how to fix very light scratches in polyurethane finish?

I just got a nice new wooden table, and, being completely clueless about wood, scrubbed it with the rougher side of a dish sponge because it had some weird rough spots on the surface. Now it's ...
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unknown damage to Tru-Oil finish, please advise

First, I'll show you a pic of the damage, then I'll give you a short background to how this happened, then last I'll ask for advice. The damage: As you can see there are tiny specs in the Tru-Oil ...
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Making wood filler from sawdust

The piece I am currently working on does not need to be perfect in any way, I am actually going for a slightly rough look (due to many mistakes along the way) but I would like to hide some of the ...
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stopping sap from coming through prime/sealed and painted wood [duplicate]

My contractor installed new ledges on my porch. He primed them twice with a sealer/primer and then painted two coats of high gloss trim paint. Now, I have spots and cracks where sap is seeping ...
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Fixing a wood stain issue

So I have this unfortunate line from my stain in some of the vertical boards. It's front and center, so I want to fix it. My only guess is that this is from when I was sanding the joint where those ...
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My contractor sanded our plywood seating… Is there any way to fix the finish?

Just like the title says... any way to make this look less bad?
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Fixing gloopy shellac

So I got a little carried away applying shellac for the first time and didn't wait long enough between coats. The result was a gloopy looking, cloudy surface. On the paduak the coat actually looks ...
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How to fill gaps in mirror frame corners?

I made a mirror frame and even though tried to adjust the saw at the right angle, the corners still have gaps in them. What's a good way to fill those: caulking or filler? Before or after hanging (I'...
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Refinishing - how much to sand

I'm refinishing a bakers box and it has some scratches and tape over it. Am I supposed to sand the stain off or just the poly? I generally like the color. I could darken it a shade to a darker ...
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Walnut or Jojoba oil before final smoothing plane

I was wondering if you plan to finish a piece with walnut or jojoba oil anyway, is there a downside to "pre-finishing" the piece before you finally smooth it? Since these oils don't go rancid they ...
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Linseed oil finish over spraypaint

I'm want to paint my project with a very light coat of spraypaint, without grain filler so that the wood grain is still visible. I've seen a linseed oil finish on bare wood, and after 10 or 15 thin ...
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FIlling up gaps in an old wooden floor

I'm currently in the process of renewing an old wooden floor. What would one use to fill in the gaps between the planks? I've asked in the local home repair store and they gave me a silicone like ...
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Finishing a narrow cavity

This is a continuation from my previous question on the log box I've been carving. Since then I've carved the handle (thanks for the advice!) and added a magnet closure system for my swivel lid (...
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Getting sanded poly slurry out of wood grains

I am towards the end of finishing a bench that has paduak. The wood (I found out after the fact) is quite oily and so the finish takes forever to dry. It also turns out that it loses its red color ...
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How to deal with signs of woodworm in “live edge” wooden slab

I'm building a "live edge" shelf/table, and after I removed the bark, there are several exposed woodworm burrows right under the bark. They are quite deep (3-6mm), so I don't want remove all that wood....
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Sealing MDF so it doesn't absorb moisture

I've made frames out of mdf and there are quite a few exposed edges. How should I seal the MDF? Should I seal only the edges or seal the whole surface? Please note that these frames are to be used ...
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Maximizing chatoyance in claro walnut

I am trying to maximize the chatoyance in some knotty Claro walnut I got. After planing I am using a cabinet scraper because I was told that sandpaper causes the wood to have a lot less chatoyance, ...
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Can I apply finish immediately after planing?

I have flattened some cherry using a jointer and planer. This is what we call a planer in the UK The surface feels smooth to me. Can I now just apply Danish Oil to it? Or do I need to sand it ...
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Caring for a sealed finish

The walnut table I just finished has one coat of oil based Varathane polyurethane. In caring for it in the future, is wood oil or any such care product of use, or will it just float and muddy the ...
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Oak table danish oil finish problems?

I have a finish issue and need some advice please. I am a novice and just refinished a kitchen table with Watco Danish Oil. My process was as follows. Sanded the Oak table down to bare wood. (It was ...
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Finish for pine plywood art piece

I'm an artist new to wood burning (pyrographics) and I just finished a female nude on pine plywood.I would like to add a finish to the figure (not the background) as a subtle emphasis. But I don't ...
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What is a good finish for shot glasses?

I recently got a lathe and playing around with it I've made some cups roughly the size of a shot glass. My cousin immediately wanted to buy them off me. I haven't found any information that seems ...
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Waterproof finishing for buffet

I am building a "Buffet" and I would like to know the best method of finishing the top. It needs to be very waterproof. Thanks for the help.
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Tacky/ gummy Danish oil surface on stained, Tasmanian Oak

I'm a newbie to woodwork and surprised myself by successfully creating an even Black Japan stain on some Tasmanian Oak. I then decided to finish it with Danish Oil. Somehow I decided to brush on a ...
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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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Easy but tough shelving finish

I've made a utility-grade shelving unit for one of our extra-bedroom closets: The stiles and cleats are resawn, cherry-picked kiln-dried dimensional SPF from the big orange store. The shelves are ...
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A woodwork plan software that I can export sizing chart?

I am new to woodworking, and I am using Sketchup. I wonder if there is a woodwork plan software that I can export sizing chart after I have my design finished, so I can just follow it not list it on ...
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I applied wax paste to my desk after a few coats of tung oil finish. End result is a very tacky desk

My father insisted I try putting a thick coat of tung oil finish then letting it cure without wiping the excess off (some video he found on youtube). After curing, the desk was very tacky so he ...
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How do I strip Arm-R-Seal?

I'm looking for some good methods for removing Arm-R-Seal Satin from a dining table as I had some problems with bubbles in part of the finish. Not sure what else to do other than remove it and start ...
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What is damaging this finished oak surface?

I have a lovely oak table; most of its surface looks as pristine as the day I got it, e.g.: Parts of the table surface are getting damaged -- the finish is wearing off and the pores of the grain are ...
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Problem with “Bubbles” in Table Finish

I'm in the final stages of trying to build my first dining room table - a Christmas gift for my wife. All has gone pretty well until this last coat of Arm-R-Seal (Satin). It's the 5th coat, and now, ...
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Choices of contrasting wood for laminated table mat

I am planning to make some (probably about 20) table mats by laminating some contrasting-colour strips. The idea is to end up with a mat that looks like this: The mat as a whole will be 289mm by ...
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What can I put on a wooden dowel to have a good grip?

There’s a wooden dowel in which I will put ties on. Something like this: How can I add a grip to the wooden dowels so the ties would stay on firmly?
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Clogging when spraying lacquer with a gun

My spray gun gets clogged or sticky between coats. Do I really have to take apart the gun? How do I keep the spray gun usable between lacquer coats?
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polyurethane finish krinkles?

I've been having the hardest time with one little section of a table I am finishing. I am using Varathane oil based clear polyurethane. I've been spraying it on with a 20% turpentine / 80% varathane ...
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Suggestions for OSB coating

I am making shelves from OSB. I have find in Internet that it is possible to apply some coating so that OSB will be shining and smooth. Can you please suggest some type of coating/stain/finish (can't ...
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Type of stain…?

How does this guy do to get this kind of stain/finish. It is dark in some areas and light in others. This was a small chuck of the show table that I thought would be the most useful. Does anybody know ...
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What finish can I apply to mixed end-grain/cross-grain bowl that's sanded to 7000?

I'm new to woodturning. I've made a small bowl from layered woods. I don't know what these woods are as they're reclaimed, but it's a red-coloured wood sandwiching some pale wood. I think the red-ish ...
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Is Danish Oil redundant to Polyurethane?

Is Danish Oil redundant to Polyurethane, or do both finishing agents provide complementary qualities?