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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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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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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

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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Blotching like you've never seen before!

I'm pretty much a total amateur when it comes to staining. My husband hung unfinished pine doors in all our rooms about 8 years ago but never got around to staining (he really is a busy guy so no ...
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What's a good wood to ebonize for a desk top?

I'm making a loooong table top (11 ft) out of a butcher's Block. I'm trying to end up with a black tabletop with hints of gray/blue in the tones of the wood, sort of like this chair: I was told that ...
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Is there any issue using a water based stain then oil based finish?

If there is no issue, what is the proper way to perform this? How long after staining should I wait? I’ve only found answers to the reverse problem. And not sure if it would be the same answer.
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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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I am about to stain a new Redwood deck. Does anybody have first hand experience with a good stain for Direct/Heavy Sunlight?

I am about to stain a new redwood deck. Does anybody have first-hand experience with a good stain for Direct/Heavy Sunlight? I live in a hot and arid part of Colorado and we have used a few different ...
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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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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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Stain then glue, or vice-versa?

After you've fabricated your pieces, is it better to "glue-up", then stain? Or is it better to stain first, then glue? What's a good rule-of-thumb?
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Can I apply water-based polyurethane over an oil based stain?

I recently finished a dresser top in a very light gray oil based stain. Afterwards I applied a water based matte poly, because I didn't want any yellow tint to show on the light gray color (see this ...
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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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One spot on a plywood does not accept stain. What can I do?

I bought a plywood from lowes for 49 for a table top. It has a smooth finish and has an almost white color. I sanded it with 150. Applied minwax pre stain and then dark walnut stain. All oil based. ...
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Can I get away with glueing stained wood trim?

I'm working on a large box bench (80 inches long). Based on a family member's recommendation, I stained the wood first before planning to glue the wood trim on. Now that I found out that gluing ...
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Stop my drawers from blocking caused by a layer of paint

I built a wooden cupboard with drawers. When the woodworking was finished, the drawers could be pulled out smoothly but I then applied stain onto the drawers and the cupboard, which now makes the ...
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Use Baby oil instead of mineral oil on cutting boards

I use mineral oil when I make cutting boards because it makes it pop. But I have not been finding any. Would baby oil be a good or decent replacement? Is there any other oils that would work, maybe ...
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Can you apply wood with glue over stained areas?

I am making a chest for my son. Was going to stain then assemble but have decided on the assemble, sand, stain method. However I will be gluing wooden letters to the lid of the chest and have seen ...
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Ruggedizing eating table for dough-working operations

I've built this table as well as quickly sanded and lightly stained the top. It works well for a platform to eat from but is mostly unsuitable for preparing food, particular dough kneading (and ...
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Would wood conditioner help keep ink from bleeding on wood?

I'm working on (water-based) ink-jet ink transfers to wood by printing images on freezer paper and then rubbing the ink into the wood. I'm using aspen and poplar for this project. The issue I'm having ...
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Cutting board from previously stained wood

I purchased some lumber from a third party which included a large walnut slab that had previously been stained on one side (I don't know what it was). I wanted to turn it into a few cutting boards, so ...
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Glueing Together Thin Strips of Already Stained Wood

I have hundreds of 1/4" x 1/4" strips of wood. I would like to stain these a rainbow of different colors. Each strip would be stained a single solid color. Then glue the strips together. ...
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Help. Stair Treads are Blotchy Now They Look like a Leopard with Dark Spots on Some/Not All

the new stains are all different some like a leopard with heavy dark spots on some treads and others light in areas; wood filler is a whole different issue and not taking stain; contractor used stain ...
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Applying oils over stains

As we learned from Can I apply water-based polyurethane over an oil based stain? it is possible to do just that under certain conditions. I would like to broaden that question if possible. Finishing ...
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Staining Western red cedar outdoor furniture

I am trying my hand at some lawn benches and chairs for my fire pit. As I'm still new at this I'm choosing western red cedar because it's cheap and easy to work with. However, I don't know how to ...
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How to correct water based stain dried streaky

I am staining a wood table which I believe might be oak. The table has been sanded to 150 grit and pre-conditioned with water based Minwax product. Last night we applied water based Minwax stain. ...
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Stain/seal recommendations for whitewood (outside)

I built a bench out of some cheap Whitewood from my local bigbox store as a practice build and it turned out good enough to keep. I am going to put it in the yard next to the fire pit so it's going to ...
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In which order should I glue, stain and apply epoxy resin?

I want to glue four timber beams side by side, stain them and fix some voids with epoxy resin. What is the best order to do it? Each beam measures 150x150x600mm and is made from beech. Some voids ...
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How to fix lines between old and new stain

I am working on wooden handrails. I have stained them, but then my GF decided she wanted them joined together. So I used a zipbolt to join them, and then sanded down the transition. However after I ...
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Dark stain for a mantle

I have a client that has me stumped. We installed a lovely new stone facade for a client, but their vision for the mantle has me at a loss. They like Minwax Carbon color stain, but want a deep color, ...
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Black “dots” on wooden stair treads, can't sand them away

I am quite a beginner as far as diy is concerned and I'm in the process of refurbishing the old wooden stairs in our new house. Never done that before. It was carpeted so I removed it and there were ...
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Please explain steps to stain/waterproof wood to a novice?

I'm currently not in the US and overseeing a personal wood project, unfortunately, the woodworkers here are illiterate so I need help to properly guide them. We're getting custom Ash wood doors ...
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Pressure treated vs stain and varnish

I am building a porch swing out of leftover lumber. It is intended to hang in a covered porch. Some of the lumber is not pressure treated. Is that okay for outdoor under porch as long as I stain and ...
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Dry time between General Finishes waterborne stain and topcoat?

My project consists of maple plywood with maple veneer edge banding. I plan on using General Finishes waterborne stain, followed by a waterborne polyurethane outdoor varnish. How long do I need to ...
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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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Water based oil modified polyurethane finish beading when applied over stain on pine

I applied Minwax Wood Finish penetrating stain to white pine cabinet. Wiped stain thoroughly, waited 60 hours before attempting to apply Minwax water based, oil-modified polyurethane, using synthetic ...
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Blotchy finish on stain job

I sanded the western pine with 80 then 160 , I admit I put too much stain on at first to make it darker , now I have I have clear blotchy spots on it , any advice is greatly aprreciated! Thanks ...
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Colouring a Kitchen Countertop

For financial reasons I have de- and reassembled a used kitchen in my apartment. Said kitchen - as I arranged the elements differently than before - needs a new countertop and I can't really see ...
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Lacquer. Perfect Round Holes. Wood Glue. Etc

I'm a hobbyist. I'm building a guitar cab. This is my first touch of a table saw and first try and box joints. A couple of Q's: 1. I sanded the heck outta this thing but apparently not enough to get ...
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How to remove CA glue stains on wood?

I’m trying to remove some stains off those red maple veneers that were glued together with CA adhesive. I’ve sanded the veneers as much as I could but their thickness make it hard to go too deep into ...
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Darken Danish Oil

I have a red oak board and I want to darken it pretty substantially to be more walnut color. I put on some Black Walnut Danish oil and it’s still too light and slightly red (I don’t expect the red to ...
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Turning indoor stain furniture into outdoor stain using sealer / oil or sanding and restaining

Sorry if the title isn't very good - feel free to edit, Looking for advice on stain / sealant / oil, Basically our supplier of our children's outdoor wooden play furniture for pre-school has messed ...
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Staining an old desk - patchy finish

hoping someone can help! I'm new to woodworking and I thought I'd start out by restoring an old Ducal desk. It was previously varnished and seems to be made out of pine possibly. I sanded it all down ...
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Oil based stain over water based fire retardant

I'd like to treat some wood (raw pine) with a water-based class A flame retardant (Flameseal WSA), but also stain it with an oil based stain (garden variety Minwax or Varathane). I'm a bit unsure of ...