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

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Wood stain coming off wood onto hands

Let me first say that I am new here but hoping to get an answer for a specific question. I'm not really a woodworker, so your tolerance is appreciated. I was recently gifted a very nice sword. The ...
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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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Finishing/Buffing/Polishing Redwood Slab with Oil-based Varnish thinned with Danish Oil

I have a 3x5 ft Redwood slab with 1 coat of varnish/danish oil (50/50) mixture and 1 coat (last applied) of just varnish. I applied fairly thick coats for both layers. The varnish The Danish oil I ...
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Stop the "wet look" of top coat on grey wood

I am almost done with an interior office door project.The doors are massive (8ft tall) Fir doors that I grayed with vinegar and steel wool. My wife loves the color and all the testing I have done ...
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Finishing California redwood for a bed frame?

I'm looking at what finish would be best for a redwood bed frame. I would like the wood to look natural, warmish color, and a bit of a satiny feel. I've done a few trials and here is where I stand (...
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Can shellac be rubbed out?

I want to try a rubbed out finish. Wondering if shellac will work? I'm using maple and cherry for a mirror frame.
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Protecting wood without artificial looking finishes

I'm fairly new to woodworking, from what I can tell, finishes like lacquer are good for adding protection to wood and waterproofing them. The main issue I have with lacquer is the plastic-like gloss ...
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Food Safe Finish for Cutting Board

I made an end grain cutting board for my wife that had various hard woods that were all supposedly food safe. Doing some reading and watching videos, I understand that this can vary depending on ...
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Bleeding bubbles through stain

Okay I saw another question about bleeding through paint but this is stain so it may have a different solution. I sanded, used prestain conditioner, and minwax stain on a desk I’m attempting to ...
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Can I stack wood finished with Danish Oil while it cures?

This is my first time using Danish Oil. I'm putting in a pine ceiling and wanted to finish it with this because I love the look and because, it being a ceiling, I don't have to worry about too much ...
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Using aerosol cans for sanding sealer on bare wood

I'm new to woodworking, but I am starting to dabble in building my own guitars from scratch (just a slab of wood). I have been reading up on things, and it appears a lot of people that build guitars ...
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How to repair the edges of a plywood

I can't find the words for my problems. But this is the ply I want to repair. I want to make a rack using brackets.
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How can wood bubble?

After staining with an oils based stain, I let dry for 48 hours. I put a coat of water based polyurethane and the wood began to bubble up. It looks like an air pocket when you lay contact paper. Any ...
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Can the finish be different on joined pieces

I'm making a table utilizing plywood as legs and solid ash wood as a tabletop. I plan on lacquering plywood and oiling the tabletop. 1) Should I be wary of oil interacting with lacquer at join line? ...
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Can polyurethane be used outdoors?

I get Minwax polyurethane and it is oil based, indoor use. But I have some projects that will be used outside, couldn't I use the stuff I have without having to buy spar urethane? I am thinking it ...
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Drying time of dewaxed shellac

What is drying time of dewaxed shellac before I apply water based top coat?
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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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