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Why would Varethane-Premium-Diamond Wood Finish-Water Based-Interior-Satin scratch easy?

I have a problem on a fresh soft cedar wood project, scratching easy with Varathane-Premium-Diamond Wood Finish-Water Based-Interior-Satin. Steel wool & vinegar stain dryed for 24 hours. Shop temp ...
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Drilling very small holes in softwoods

Motivation: Recently, I was restoring a small spice rack made of very thin and very soft wood (pine-like) - I unglued it, restored pieces and was about to glue it back together. I saw that the best ...
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Should I pick the darker colored wood at the lumber yard?

When I compare softwood like douglas fir, I try to pick wood that is straight and doesn't have too many knots. When I find several pieces of wood, should I then go for the darker colored wood? I ...
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Punky spots on a madrone/arbutus slab

I am currently working on a madrone live edge slab. My problem is that it has a few small spots where there's rot and the wood is punky. The rotting has created some beautiful spalting but as I said,...
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Plywood or Pine for bed base sub-structure

I'm planning on building a base for a queen-sized mattress, and need to decide on a material for the base's sub-structure frame. I am planning on covering/cladding this frame with a hardwood like ...
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Preparing a futon for outside use

We have a futon which we would like to use outside as summer seating(It will move outside permanently). I believe the wood is either rubber wood or some sort of pine. How should I go about preparing ...
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Can I use softwood for garden furniture?

I have lots of softwood so I am making some garden furniture. I know that this is not ideal in terms of how long it will last, painting and rotting, am I right to be concerned?
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Planing end grain - cheap vs more expensive wood

I am trying to plane the end grain of some relatively cheap and soft (pine) timber (2x6s) with a no.4 Stanley Bailey hand plane. I've sharpened my plane to a degree which I think should be more than ...
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Finishing Red Cedar Tabletop

I'm currently in the process of building a red cedar tabletop with laminated live edge slabs. Thickness should be around 7/4. However, I'm unsure what to use for finishing it. Given the wood is so ...
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Display Softwood Staff & Cane

I have an old softwood tree in my garden and I want to make a display staff and cane out of some of its branches. These are display pieces that will not be used outdoors and that I want to make very ...
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What would be the best glue to use for papermaking frames that are immersed in water & made from pinewood

My son is making mould & deckle papermaking frames for me using pinewood. The frames are continually immersed in water. Could you please suggest the best glue to use for this job?
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What's a reliable measure of wood hardness?

The terms hardwood and softwood are often used, but I struggle to find a reliable definition. Is the wood's density sufficient as the distinguishing feature? Is it the only one? As oil is known to ...
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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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Are some workbench features not suitable for a softwood workbench?

I am hoping that this summer I will get time to make a roubo style workbench. Since I typically work with reclaimed materials I am going to be using top made from pine that I will be laminating. Since ...
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How to fix a 2x4 table that is too heavy for its own good?

I made a table by gluing 2x4's together on the long side (4" side). This resulted in a table of abnormal weight. Now the table is sagging in the middle. Overall table dimensions are 31"X50". Can I ...
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Using softwoods for bench tops

As most of the regulars know I work with a lot of whitewoods. Pines mostly that come from pallets and what not. I recently made a workbench from an old door but it was hollow inside so I plan on ...
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Differences between hardwood and softwood? [duplicate]

what is the main differences between hardwood and softwood? since some books say it is just to do with presences of pores or not. so i was confused that which wood contains pores or not?
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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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