Questions tagged [surface-preparation]

Preparing a surface for a final finishing.

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How are these toolmarks happening, and how to prevent / get rid of them?

I'm noticing that when I turn really hard woods, even with brand-new and very sharp carbide bits, sometimes I'll see these long scratches on the surface. Often they'll only become apparent once I've ...
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Should we reapply wood conditioner if a piece has been sitting for a few weeks since the last application?

I had put wood conditioner on an oak piece I need to stain but I had something come up and now the piece has sat for a few weeks. Can I go ahead and stain it or do I need to repeat the process with ...
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Should I apply wax on all sides of a table when building one to protect it?

I am building a solid oak rustic table from 4 oak beams and I want to know if I should bother to wax boards on the bottom face in order to protect them (like keeping humidity and avoiding woodwork ...
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How to be sure that there are no live woodworms in my oak boards?

I discovered few 10-15 holes on one of my oak plans I use to build a table. How can I assure that there are no worm left alive to ruin my future table. I cannot plane them.
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How to be confirm removal of glue residues?

I have some loudspeakers with the front panel made of MDF, on which a matte plastic foil was attached. After 15 years the glue is ineffective and the plastic shrunk, so I would like to remove it ...
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Advice on surfacing board with sander

I have a couple of boards of white oak I want to glue up to make a platform for a computer. They are straight enough for a glue up but will require some surfacing for flatness and overall look. I am ...
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Is this a good approach to fixing damaged mdf holes along the edge?

Please note that I tried to break this question up into three relevant sections, separated by the large headers Here's what happened to the cabinet I was moving an empty wood file cabinet down some ...
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Painting & finishing Baltic Birch [duplicate]

I've started a DIY speaker project based on some components from PureAudioProjects. So far, I have fabricated modular speaker baffles from Baltic Birch (they attach to a frame, albeit a bit different ...
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How to remove sticker price tags from wood without leaving residue

I have this poplar hobby wood that has price tag stickers on it. When I am peeling them off, they kind of tear, and of course it seems to leaving a residue behind when portions do come off. How can ...
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Alternative desk top to glass for reclaimed (softer) wood

not directly wood but directly after the fact- my desk is made from reclaimed wood, and is a bit softer than my prior one so if I were to write on it, the surface would quickly mar. I really want to ...
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What do I need to do to prepare wood for gluing?

I would like to glue two pieces of pine together (at a right angle to eachother, flat sides together) using wood glue and nails. What do I need to do to prepare the wood?
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Sand before priming plywood built-in

I have a built-in that I made using 3/4" plywood and face-frame construction. I sanded one one section (it comes apart) and then primed it. The grain raised, as was expected. My question is, since the ...
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What do I need to know before I lacquer a custom painted guitar body?

I have a stratocaster body that a friend of mine has painted, I know I need to lacquer it before I do anything else, like sorting out the electrics etc. I'm just unsure what lacquer to use so that I ...
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Removing Paint from Rough/Coarse Surfaced Beams

We are about to move into a new house, that has some very nice coarse/rough beams on the interior (A lot of them). They have been painted though, and I'm looking for a method to remove the paint, and ...
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Can I use lacquer over an epoxy resin?

I put an epoxy resin on a table top and it looks awesome except for a few spots that bubbled or had dust fall on it. I would like to sand the top down smooth/level and put a thin layer of lacquer on ...
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Recommendation for manual planing and sanding

I am a hobbyist who spends a lot of time manually preparing "plaques" of wood primarily for the purpose of relief carving and/or pyrography. I have very few tools, but what I do have (relevant to this ...
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Wood conditioner between stain layers

When putting multiple coats of stain on a piece of wood, should wood conditioner be applied between each coat or only before the first coat?
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How to remove dust after sanding before applying paint/oil/glue?

Before one can paint a piece of wood, it should be clean from any dust on its surface. What is the recommended way to remove the dust? I tried using a hand brush, which only got rid of the rough ...
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Recycling “pre-loved” lumber — techniques?

(This may be multiple related questions; assistance in breaking it up would be welcome if so.) Many woodworkers have learned that a surprising amount of lumber, including some surprisingly good/...
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Efficient paint removal from rough sawn wood

I have some rough sawn timbers in my house that were painted over by the previous owner of the house1. I believe the timbers are a softer wood like fir as they are more decorative than structural. ...