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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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Waterproofing Wood With Left Over Polyurethane (Aesthetics irrelevant to project)

So I know the off-the-cuff answer is you cannot (or should not) use Indoor Rated Poly to weather proof wood as the sun's UV will discolor the wood and other issues visually. This wood though is being ...
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Stain won't take on wood stair nose

I've been trying to stain a piece of wood for the last few days that refuses to take stain. Started by sanding the original finish and using Rustoleum Kona stain that did not really apply to the wood. ...
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removing dye from wood floor

I'm not sure if this falls within the scope of this site. Is it possible to remove a stain made from the dye of a couch's fabric from a wood floor? I have looked online and found different methods, ...
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Should I use solid color wood stain or paint for my project?

I know questions based on opinion are not too welcomed here and I'm trying to avoid making this look like one. My situation is this: I'm building a piece of outdoor patio furniture. For part of that ...
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I accidentally used woodglue that doesn't stain. How do I fix it?

I used hidden screws and wood glue on the joints of the legs and supports of a table*. When I started to stain the piece of furniture with a very dark stain, it simply would not take on the areas ...
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Pre-stain Conditioner After Sanding

I've read a good response here on conditioning and staining with blotchy woods. I have a stubborn pine that I stained twice. The blotchy side was embarrassing. I completely forgot to use my ...
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Can I decorate linseed oil treated wood table with a blowtorch?

I've a table top from IKEA that's wood instead of the regular IKEA cardboard. Even after oiling it's a bit dull, so I'd like some color. Burn marks to be exact. The kind you get when you quickly sweep ...
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Ideas for removing fire blight 'stain'?

Chopped down a small tree that recently died and began shedding bark due to what appears to be fire blight. I'd like to use the stock for a project once dried, but a significant section is stained ...
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How to fix water damage to wooden table

I have a wooden table, which I accidentally spilled water onto yesterday. I thought it would simply dry, but a couple of hours later I noticed that the water had pooled on the wood and the surface ...
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What oil/stain/finish to use on a cedar spoon?

So, I just finished my first carving: a Welsh lovespoon, chiseled out of a cedar plank and sanded down smooth. But now I want to give it that deep rich color and bring out the wonderful smell of ...
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Best way to apply stain

I made a shoe-rack from Spruce and applied a couple of coats of clear matt varnish. My wife wanted a darker colour so I went to the local store where the only suitable product with the right colour ...
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looking to seal cedar playset [duplicate]

I just bought some really nice cedar wood that I am building a swingset with. I have kept the wood indoors because I am wanting to seal it to further protect it from the weather ... but I really want ...
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Should pre stain be used with gel stain?

I have read that gel stain sits on top of the wood, rather than soaking into it, and pre stain helps with uniform absorption of stain. Does this then mean that pre stain is not necessary when using ...
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Varathane applied over oil-based stain before it cured - fixes?

I built a dining table and stained with my usual product - low VOC minwax in Provincial. I let the stain sit for 12 hours, but the humidity was really high and I don't think it fully dried. I ...
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Chlorine bleach on poplar

While experimenting with stains and struggling with a moderately green piece of poplar, I found that I really like the results of: Brush concentrated Clorox bleach, leave for 5 minutes then wipe. Let ...
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Questions about my custom stain and cleanup

As some know I was experimenting with making my own stain using vinegar and nails removed pallets. I used white vinegar and a couple hundred nails in a 5 gallon pail. In the end I have a stain that ...
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How do I remove a watermark?

I have a lot of wood furniture in my home. Unfortunately, they have watermarks (rings) on them from sweating cups/glasses. It is very unattractive to me and my guests. Is there a way to remove it?
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How long should I wait for staining a new deck?

I recently built a deck in my backyard with pressure treated wood and was also planning on staining it for color and weather proofing. However all of the wood came very wet, cutting through the pieces ...
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How do I correct extreme crossgrain cupping?

I was staining a set of pieces of unfinished pine for a dresser (ikea furniture) on my rooftop. First coat was put on last night around 9pm, and I was planning on doing the second coat this morning ...
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Choosing a vinegar when making my own oxidizing stain

I have been collecting old nails from pallets that I have been tearing down and only realized now why I was keeping them. I am going to try and make my own stain. There are several tutorials online ...
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Tongue and Groove Wall Paneling

I was planning on doing this project exactly as the blog author stated she did it. The project is a paneled wall that looks like the following image. It looks like Lowe's stopped carrying the ...
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Interior or Exterior stain for garage steps and shelves?

So obviously with an outside patio you'd use exterior stain, and a bedroom desk you'd use interior stain. But I have no idea what type of stain to use for wood that's located in the garage? The ...
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How do I prevent stain from being removed during sanding?

I am refinishing an old Remington 870 stock birch stock. I stained it with a dark cherry colored stain, and then began to apply Hope's 100% tung oil. I had read to wait at least a day before sanding ...
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How challenging is it to sand a stained oak floor?

I am about to do a little touching up of a stained oak floor. I am concerned that sanding the floor with a machine would be infeasible because it means that the stain would be gone from some parts ...
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Is there such a thing as the same stain as wood color?

I want to protect the wood with stain, but I do not want it to become a different color. Is it possible to find a stain that is the same color as the wood? If I were to find such a stain, would the ...
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How can I finish a piece consisting of multiple species to yield an overall cohesive appearance?

So a long time ago I inquired about a project regarding a board game table. Well, we planned it out, scouted the wood, bought it, cut it up, and now we're on assembly! For the outer visible portion ...
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How can I stain birch plywood to match sapele?

First of all, can it be done? If so, how does one mix and match stains to achieve the right color? Is it highly unlikely that I'll get it right?
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How can I match a finish on furniture when re-finishing?

I have two pieces of maple furniture, a desk with a large water stain, and a kitchen table with minor scratches an exposed wood. My problem is my wife loves the finishes on these pieces of furniture, ...
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What qualities do tea and steel wool vinegar offer as stains?

I stumbled upon the below picture today via social media titled Aging Wood Instantly. The method shortly summed is staining the wood first with black tea and then, after drying, with vinegar that's ...
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Best method to stain the "side" of a project

I wasn't sure how to stain the 1" side of my desktop (an 80x30x1" red oak panel), so I thought painter's tape would be a good idea to only stain half at a time. (Half while doing the "bottom" of the ...
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How is a "paintbrushed" distressed texture created?

Today at a bar we sat at a table that looked like this: Some of the darkened areas looked like darkening related to the wood grain while others resembled brush strokes, but only if you looked closely....
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How can I prepare the end grain for stain, so that its final appearance matches the rest of the wood?

Despite doing a great deal of sanding on the end grain, and getting it just as smooth as the rest of the wood, it always soaks up more stain than the rest, and turns out much darker and different. Is ...
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Should I attempt to stain to all of the trim in a room (floor to ceiling)?

I have a dining room with some nice oak wainscoting, ceiling trim and faux beams. There are also four windows, and two doors. All with trim. I have stripped off all of the paint applied by prior ...
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How can I use tea to replicate the look of ammonia fumed wood? [closed]

A comment by dfife on the Q&A Which woods work well with ammonia? says: You can also soak any piece of wood in tea (or something else high in tannins) and give it a higher degree of tannins. I'...
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Which woods work well with ammonia?

I love the traditional look of quarter sawn oak and the patina finish achieved by gassing the wood with ammonia. Are there other woods that react well by gassing with ammonia? If there are could you ...

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