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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Finish for thin-skin cedar hot tub to resist water penetration

I’m planning out a build for a cedar 2-person soaker hot tub. Instead of using the traditional design of 1-in cedar boards, done barrel style, I’m thinking of using 1/4 in cedar paneling (oriented ...
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Will tung oil be enough waterproof / water resistant finish for this mahogany/sapele bathroom piece?

What you can see in the pic is the dry fit of this mahogany piece into my bathroom. It fits very snug into the wall pocket. In the pic is just bare wood, no finish applied yet. I've already treated it ...
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How to finish a wooden ironing board?

I've made a wooden ironing board out of hard maple, which I'm going to cover with some cloth and batting. I'm wondering whether I should apply a finish to the wood. Ironing is going to create steam, ...
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How to seal and treat wood when building a wooden kitchen sink?

I'm planning on building a kitchen countertop made out of joined wood, and I would like to build the sink out of the same type of configuration. So far, I have built the top (see picture below), and I ...
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Finish for MDF Worktable

I built a thick worktable out of MDF and I'm looking to treat the surface. It's inside permanently but it should survive the occasional Oil/Water spill. Aesthetics don't matter. Can I just leave it ...
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How can I seal a stained wood drop ceiling above the shower?

I am replacing my bathroom drop ceiling panels with lightweight 1/4" sanded plywood (not exterior grade) that I am cutting myself. I am planning on staining them and then putting on some kind of ...
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Additional layer of protection over polymerized linseed oil that maintains feel

I recently finished a pine table with 100% polymerized linseed oil (Tried and True), however would like to retain the natural feel of the wood while protecting it more. Ideally looking for something ...
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How do I repair winter/water damage and protect against future weathering problems?

Last year, I built my first piece of outdoor live-edge furniture: What are the potential issues with this bench design? and What should be done to treat decorative wood for outdoor use?. I expected ...
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Best waterproofing method for bathroom project?

I'm somewhat of a beginner woodworker and I'm looking at building a small caddy of sorts for my bathroom counter to hold my razor, razor blades, shaving brush, toothbrush, etc. because my bathroom isn'...
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What is this happned to my furniture

I have a closed room where I keep some furniture which is made up of engineered wood. By closed, I mean I dont keep windows open. Also in that room, I keep wet cloths to dry on cloths drying stand ...
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New Orleans style Exterior Wood Shutters

What process would you go through to create this style of shutters, with the expectation that they're built for long-life? Specifically, I'm interested in how the back panel is put together: glue or ...
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Long lasting exterior shutters

I'm creating some exterior wood shutters made from Eastern Red Cedar (rails and stiles) and Western Red Cedar (panels). The mismatch really has more to do with what's available locally than a design ...
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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 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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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)...