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Questions tagged [water-protection]

Water is a serious threat to wood projects, Keeping the water out is important. Techniques, products safety.

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What is an safe and effective way to remove bark from a burl without damaging the rest of the wood?

I have several larger pieces of Cherry burl (2' diameter each) that have the bark still intact. These pieces have been drying for several years. My intent is to cut them into blanks and cast with a ...
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Sealing and reinforcing particle board

I am making some picture frames from an old table. The table top is oak slats on top of particle board. I’ve sliced the table and trimmed the slices with walnut, and cut rabbets in the frames. Like ...
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Submerge wood in a barrel to improve it - Is my wife right that this is a bad idea?

I was about to submerge fresh pieces of wood of various types in our barrel filled with water - to let the saps come out and after some time get good wood. These pieces will be used for small objects, ...
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Please explain steps to stain/waterproof wood to a novice?

I'm currently Not in 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 built for ...
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Using Tung Oil and Polyurethane on Maple?

I am getting close to completing a desk I am building. This has been a very ambitious project for me as this is the first time I have ever built any furniture (shelving not counted) and this is a ...
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Is it necessary to cover all veneered particle board ends?

Visible/accessible edges are trivial - we cover them for pleasant looks, durability and to avoid getting splinters. What are the benefits/needs of covering unseen ends of veneered particle boards ...
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Wear out of wooden floor

In a dance studio I have a flooring from engineered wood, with top layer ~3mm ash. After 2 years the heavily used spot looks like this: While in the corner, where there's not much traffic, it looks ...
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unknown damage to Tru-Oil finish, please advise

First, I'll show you a pic of the damage, then I'll give you a short background to how this happened, then last I'll ask for advice. The damage: As you can see there are tiny specs in the Tru-Oil ...
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Should I use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove pencil marks from unfinished wood?

Just got bed slats made by someone who repairs furniture. The slats are made of maple wood, have been planed, and are unfinished. However, he made a bunch of pencil marks on the slats and I want to ...
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Appropriate Lacquer to resist salt water

I've made an aquarium stand out of solid Ash and now want to clear lacquer the wood to finish it off. Given the aquarium is a salt water one what sort of lacquer would be best to chemically resist ...
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Should I seal my bed slats, and if yes, with what?

I hired someone to put together bed slats for my new bed. The bed frame comes with center support for the slats that he's building and the slats will be screwed down onto the center slat and the side ...
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How can I remove water damage from my improperly stored slab?

I completely forgot about a slab of ash I had stored on the floor and it looks like water has seeped into the edge. It was stored horizontally on an edge, leaning against the wall. The edge against ...
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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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Protecting wooden plant pot from water damage

I am building a large container for plants, made of pine. Considering that the inside will be in direct permanent contact with moist earth, what is an appropriate treatment to prevent wood ...
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Leaving counterbore holes unfinished on exterior projects

I hope this is clear. So part of an outdoor project I'm working on has a thing like this: Those are all 2x4's. The vertical piece on the left is joined with pocket holes, not shown, not relevant. The ...
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Sealing plywood from moisture completely - for use as damp-reptile habitat

What would you guys suggest to completely seal wood (probably plywood) from moisture. I'm building a new tank/vivarium for my lizard and while it is not going to be as damp as something like a frog ...
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Should I treat end-grain on garden table with wood glue?

The Preface: I'm building a table for the garden and did some research into how I might seal and protect the most vulnerable parts of the table. The end-grain. The wood I have available is old(30+ ...
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Need a fireproof/weatherproof solution for fire pit table top

I'm working on a project that I'm hoping won't go up in flames... literally! It's a table top (made out of wood) for a fire pit. I planned on protecting the bottom with this High Heat Ultra Spray ...
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Can I salvage a paint brush with dried polyurethane on the bristles? [duplicate]

I bought a nice Wooster Pro nylon brush to use for applying water-based polyurethane to some projects. After the last application, I forgot to wash the brush and it has since dried and hardened. I can ...
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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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How to protect worn wooden outdoor furniture?

I inherited some wooden patio furniture from a previous owner that looks like it's been through a lot: I love the raw, unfinished look of this stuff, but I'd also like it to last another dozen years ...
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How do I prepare and take care of a wooden countertop?

I got a piece of acacia that was already oiled. I cannot specify what kind of acacia that is. I cut it to size and sanded the surface smooth. As the sanding removed parts of the oiled wood, I applied ...
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Treating pine for partial burial

I'm replacing my garden edging (the separator between lawn and flower beds), and I have some treated pine I would like to use. Like this: What's the best way to stop the pine from rotting?
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How do I waterproof and secure a face frame on a wooden aquarium?

I am attempting to build a wooden aquarium, using 1/4" x 60" x 18" Lexan polycarbonate for the viewing side, and 3/4" plywood for the main body construction. I plan on using 1"x 2" furring strips ...
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How can I achieve a raw, unfinished look to my project while protecting it from water and physical abuse?

I am creating an oak table top that will undoubtedly be exposed to a certain level of physical abuse (e.g., plates sliding across the surface) and water (e.g., glasses placed without a coaster, spills)...