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How to apply polyurethane?

You will want to do the woodburning before you apply finish. It's usually a good idea to lightly sand the area around the woodburn after doing the burning and before applying finish. Woodburning has ...
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How to scorch to darken a part of a piece of wood and not the other?

bowlturner's answer is correct, and will probably give you the results you are looking for. But it inspired me to experiment, mostly to see how sharp an edge I could get. Hardwood Guide As you can ...
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How to scorch to darken a part of a piece of wood and not the other?

I am assuming you are using the torch to 'scorch' the wood and not really burn it. I think that clamping another piece of wood as a "sacrificial piece" onto the line should work just fine. Doing ...
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Filling Lines After Pyrography

You can certainly do this with epoxy but you could use shellac or varnish to achieve the same end, just a little more slowly*. You could probably do this quite well with a spray lacquer too, depending ...
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What is round firewood called?

Cordwood is one term that well applies. It means wood cut into uniform lengths, usually for fuel though it can also apply when that sort of wood is used for construction as in cordwood houses. ...
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How to apply polyurethane?

What @grfrazee said, plus... In your garden (assuming you do not own a professional laquerer shop with suction, which you don't, seeing how you ask), with a breathing mask, gloves, and long sleeves ...
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Large Scale Woodburning

There are commercial versions of this branding iron available, either electrically heated or heat-with-torch. The easy-to-find versions are standard "from the workshop of" patterns, but custom is ...
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How to scorch to darken a part of a piece of wood and not the other?

If you only need to present a darker wood, but not charred or completely black, aluminum foil or aluminum tape should work well. Aluminum is great because it conducts heat very well, spreading the ...

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