Questions tagged [hardwood]

Wood from dicot angiosperm trees, generally leafy trees.

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Should you always use Pre-Stain?

I've read that wood conditioner (also known as pre-stain) helps prevent blotching, but it 'designed' for use with soft or porous wood. I've got an 80x36x1" red oak panel that I think I'm going to ...
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What is the difference between hardwood and softwood?

I never really thought about it until after reading some of the questions in this forum. What is the difference between hardwood and softwood. To clarify I am not interested in their applications ...
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Do I need to seal the ends of hardwood fence boards?

I am building a small horizontal fence. The facing is batu and matches my front entryway deck. I put penofin penetrating oil on the fence boards. Do I need to seal the end of the hardwood fence ...
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Filling gaps/seams in a new cherry tabletop

I've created a tabletop for a desk. It's made of 4/4 cherry boards of different lengths and widths that I've laminated together on the edges. This was then glued onto a plywood top. I've never made ...
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What steps should one take to avoid spalting when drying timber?

I am interested in taking steps to ensure that some timber that I am drying does not develop spalting. My specific scenario is as follows: Recently felled Maple (1-2 months ago), Whole logs with ...
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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 ...