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The tools and techniques surrounding the process of coloring the wood while maintaining the appearance of the grain.

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How can I lighten a new white oak floor repair that has 1st coat poly to match current yellowed white oak floor (18 years old)?

I have replaced a patch of 18 year old water damaged white oak flooring (which has yellowed over time) with new white oak flooring that was stained to match as closely as possible. However, once ...
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What am I doing wrong with white wash pickling stain?

Trying to get the dark reddish stain off a bathroom door, hoping to make it look as light as possible. Looks like oak (veneer) to me. I stripped door of (most) stain using Citrastrip twice. Then ...
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Is there a parrot grade stain?

I have an African Grey Parrot and she goes through colored parrot blocks like crazy. I would like to make my own parrot toys out of wood, but I have no idea what to color the wood with. It seems like ...
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How do I fix gel stained trim that I failed to sand first?

Total rookie move here. My husband cut baseboard, trim and shoe molding (pre-fab kind from Lowe’s) and asked me to stain it. He had a gel stain so I wiped it on and then wiped off the excess. ...
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Staining mid to low quality wood

100% novice zero experience with wood Building a day bed for a campervan... I didn't have the biggest budget for materials. I bought a 5 layer bcx plywood and premium stud 2x4s to work with. I sanded ...
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Alternative primers for Sikkens Cetol Filter 7?

I need to coat some exterior timber and have a tin of Sikkens Cetol Filter 7 lying around. There are many references online to using Cetol HLS as a primer. Does anyone know if a primer is essential ...
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Table top uneven stain [duplicate]

I am refinishing a table top. I started by using a wood stripper. Followed by sanding the entire table down with various grits. I then vacuumed the surface and used mineral spirits to prep for stain. ...
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Should I stain/seal outdoor furniture before or after pre-drilling lots of pocket holes?

EDIT: I am using pine wood, and I intend to plug the holes if I can find xl pocket hole plugs. I do not intend for this piece to last decades. Since this is my first outdoor furniture build, if I get ...
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Staining/marking from clamps during glue up

Good day We use Jorgensen parallel clamps in our workshop for most glue ups. Ever since cleaning the clamps with a steel brush, we get blue staining in the form of speckles despite the clamps not ...
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Staining newbie: how to match these stains that primarily color the grain?

Background I'm building a computer standing desk. I bought a nice base from Autonomous. I bought a teak 72" x 25" table top from Lowe's with a live edge. This is my first ever wood-staining ...
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Stained wood is darker than expected after stripping + sanding + staining

I'm refinishing our entire sunroom (we are getting new windows so it seemed like a good time, and apparently I'm a sucker for pain) and the staining isn't going as planned. The sunroom is a bit dark, ...
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Unexpected speckling and herringbone pattern after staining

I'm refinishing my door (without removing hardware). After staining I ended up with (both shown in the picture) some bright speckles in some parts of the wood (especially around the hardware) and a ...
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Can I use mineral spirits to clean off stripper prior to water based stain, if I clean off the mineral spirits?

I’m completely new to all of this but have researched as much as I can in the last couple months. Please bear with me if I sound uninformed. I’m definitely willing to learn. I got a cheap mango wood ...
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Chair refinishing advice

I got these beautiful cane backed chairs off a local buy nothing group. At some point in their lives someone decided to paint them with a cheap white paint that felt sticky to the touch. I decided to ...
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Applying stain after sanding off first coat of polyurethane

We refurbished an old family table. We did the whole process of sanding and now have finally applied the stain (1 coat of Provinal) and applied the first coat of polyurethane. After we applied it we ...
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Extremely blotchy stain - advice needed! [duplicate]

I'm genuinely at my wit's end. I'm using a dark oak oil stain on beech, and tested it on a spare bit of wood. I sanded the piece down to 240grit with an orbital sander before applying the stain. It ...
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To keep a debossed look of a resin filled etching, should I stain before or after?

I have a couple projects that I'm completing at request for a friend with a specific vision where I'm epoxy resin filling an engraved oak surface. I've completed the current piece already but wanna ...
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Looking for additional tips for applying waterbased stain on dining table prior to epoxy coating

Having problems with a staining project and after looking through some other examples on this site found what I thought was some good info in the answer ( How to correct water based stain dried ...
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light sanding of poly coated gel stain removes gel stain?

I bought a Jarvis/Fully bamboo desktop and am trying to darken the finish. To do this, I started on the bottom of the desktop and tried out the steps on a small portion by: first sanding away the ...
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Epoxy inlay on gel stained desktop [duplicate]

I am building a small desktop for my son. He wants it gray so I am using poplar with a General Finishes gel stain. I am going to CNC his initials on top and then pour an epoxy in there for an inlay. ...
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Why won't stripper remove the finish on this bamboo desktop (from Fully/Jarvis company)?

I bought a Jarvis/Fully bamboo desktop and am trying to darken the finish. To do this, I first want to remove the existing finish. But I am having issues with doing so. Note: pictures are at the ...
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Need help getting stain out of wood table

I unknowingly overfilled a plant on my wood table. It left a water mark. I looked up how to get rid of it and tried using an iron with a towel and that didn’t seem to work. I have also tried Vaseline ...
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Making red oak look more like white oak

I am planning an open wood staircase for new home in white oak and the cost is getting out of hand. The plan is to stain some parts dark and other parts light. I am wondering if I could use red oak ...
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Should I sand after applying oil-based stain to walnut countertop material?

Here is an Imgur album containing info on the oil-based stain instructions for the stain that I am using: It specifically says: Do NOT sand between coats. I'm reading an article on Home Depot's ...
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Dealing with Pre-Stain and Wood Conditioner Residue

I'm currently working on staining a 10' walnut butcher block counter: I have done a lot to get everything together: Surface prep: sand at 320 grit using orbital, wipe using rubbing alcohol to remove ...
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Staining over epoxy [duplicate]

I am building a dining table out of of cracked reclaimed wood. I’ve mistakenly filled in the cracks with epoxy first and am now looking to stain the wood. Obviously, a normal stain won’t adhere to the ...
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Finishing jatoba and maple chess board

I'm building a chess board -- I decided to use jatoba and maple for the board itself, (and am using wenge and maple for the trim). After milling the jatoba, the exposed surfaces of the jatoba are no ...
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How much water can be added to thin a water-based stain? [closed]

In a water-based stain thinning process, how much of water percentage is the maximum amount of water it becomes too much? My goal is to try to stain with different thinness to try different shades of ...
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Method to remove wood sticker stain / discolored area from pine?

I am using some old pine for flooring and want to keep the rustic saw mark appearance on the face. There are 1” wide horizontal stains across the boards left by wood stickers from drying or stacking ...
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How to remove the "yellow" look from pine?

I recently finished building my stairs with pine wood. I was expecting to stain them to give it a bit darker look, but I didn't like the end result. I know I should have picked another wood to start ...
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Is this a professional furniture refinishing job?

When I got married and bought a house, my parents gave me their old dining set— the one I grew up with. It’s seen a lot of abuse from my kids at my house and I decided to get it and the chairs ...
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Colouring applied wood filler

I’d like to preface this question by stating I am a complete novice when it comes to woodworking and this is in fact the very first time tackling anything like it. I bought a 1920s oak desk chair ...
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What's the best process for sanding/finishing reactive stained oak floor with hardwax oil to leave the best surface?

I have raw oak floorboards which are being individually stained and finished before being laid. For context - this is my first time doing anything like this, so apologies for my lack of technical ...
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Staining dining table advice

I would like to stain this tabletop (I think it is oak, though could be wrong). I have stripped the varnish and sanded it down to the wood. My first attempt at staining was blotchy (see attached ...
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After using Minwax gel stain in Mahogany... which top coat ? Minwax Water Based Oil-Modified Polyurethane or Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane?

I applied 1 coat of Minwax gel stain in mahogany to a coffee table, waited 24 hours and then applied a 2nd coat of gel stain. Waited 3 days for the gel stain to cure and I'm now ready for a topcoat. ...
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How to make the natural wood grains become visible on my wooden door?

Scenario. I have a wooden door that's: Made by whitewood that's covered by a plywood. The plywood has white ash veneer pressed on it from the plywood factory. It's a 4mm thick plywood that's ...
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After two coats of Minwax low luster Antique Oil Finish stain color is still rubbing off

I applied the stain as per the directions, waited 5 minutes then rubbed it off. It dried overnight. I applied the finish generously, waited 10 minutes, then rubbed it off, waited 24 hours then ...
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How to fill cracks and finish my bench (old found wood)?

For my first woodworking project, I am building bench with wood I found on the curb. Both my neighbor and a guy walking down the street said they thought the wood was at least 150-years-old. The ...
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Refurbishing Posts & Beams in a Modern 1954 House

I'm trying to refurbish the posts and beams in my house. They're quite beat up in some spots and have water damage streaks in the existing finish(es) in others, so I've decided to strip the existing ...
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Blotchy pine doors [closed]

I used MinWax Polyshades on new paneled pine doors resulting in a blotchy finish. Would it be better to apply a second coat, try a gel stain or a regular stain to improve looks? I have seen ...
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Recreate dark wood/gradient finish

I have a mirror with a frame which has a dark stain which has a gradient into an almost black finish. Unfortunately a part of the mirror's frame got damage and small chunk was taken out of the frame. ...
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Varnish rubbing off on my desk

So I restored an old family desk at home. Replaced the mouldings around the edges of the drawers, changed the handles and upholstered the cloth that sat on the desk. I sanded down and stained the desk ...
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Using reactive fabric dye to stain wormy maple bookcase. Tight grain wood prep? With oil gel stain?

I've built a rustic bookcase with wormy maple. I am trying to get a 2-tone look. I've tested a turkey red dye stain (1 tablespoon powered:1 cup water: 1 cup alcohol) the wormy parts are brighter and ...
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Pine plywood (project panel) looks quite different than pine boards (select)

I'm planning to build a floating shelf on a plan I've put together as sort of a hybrid of many different DIY plans I found online. The top and side panels will be 3/4" (actual) thickness select ...
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Is a Pre-Stained Surface Food Safe?

I’m using Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. I’m trying to find information on whether, after drying, my surface will be safe to prepare food on. I plan to follow up with Minwax Wood Finish (Oil based)...
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Stain drastically changed color as it dried

I have a customer who removed a wall. I patched the floor with red oak and applied the Minwax stain he said was used on the old floors. It matched almost perfect when applied but within an hour ...
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Will varnish stop bare wood from warping?

I am looking to purchase some unfinished ash strip wood for some interior decorative purposes. The retailer advised that whilst it is 'ready to use' (in reference to the wood having been planed etc), ...
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Help with old beam for mantle

I bought an old barn beam. It doesn’t have a lot of wood character but as a piece I love it and they are hard to come by around here. I wanted it for my mantle. I don’t want to ruin it but I know very ...
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Repairing damaged indoor teak furniture

I have a teak console that was damaged by friend who had it stored in their house. This damage was caused by water rings. And this was caused by melted wax from a candle! I've scraped the wax off ...
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Refinished old door looks awful, nothing like I expected! How to fix?

I had my interior doors dipped a couple years ago and have been gradually staining them (using gel stain and gel varnish). They don't look perfect, but I think they're really pretty (see first two ...
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