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What is a good finish for shot glasses?

My advice would be not to make glasses out of wood so I'll put that out there right at the start. The only sure-fire ways of waterproofing wood are to completely encase it in a film finish, or ...
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What is the best finish for wood in a bathroom

As always "what's the best xxxx" is not a good Question. In almost all cases there isn't a best but instead multiple good options to pick from, and that is very much the case here. I am concerned ...
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Shellac over paint, outdoors

Shellac doesn't do well with water, that's your starting point here. It's also relatively brittle and with the expected movement in the wood you're likely to see problems with cracking. Bonding to ...
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Used motor oil on treated pine

but rather whether this is inferior treatment to another treatment option that is still affordable and won't require more maintenance over the coming years. It's certainly something that people do -- ...
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Finishing an indoors pine table

Should be completely transparent All standard finishes are transparent, but some are not without a little colour, or "water white" as it's usually referred to. If you don't mind that it imparts a ...
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Shellac over paint, outdoors

My question is, how should I expect a fairly thick shellac finish (over paint) to behave outdoors over time? It will be exposed to sunlight, a wide range of temperatures, and plenty of rain, snow, and ...
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What wood/finish would hold up to use in a video game controller?

I've worked with redwood in the past, and it seems like it would hold up well for the grips both from past experience and from some articles I've found. In woodworking circles you'll generally be ...
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What finish is suitable for a childrens toy?

Although there continues to be disagreement on this point online (which I expect won't ever stop) any common finish should actually be acceptable for this. The finish needs to be fully cured, see the ...
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finish for a very large pine dining table --- is beeswax crazy?

I'll preface my comments by saying that finish choice is a very personal thing, what one person is comfortable using and living with (in terms of upkeep and periodic maintenance) another would not. ...
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Cost-effective wood selection for outdoor craft project

Exterior grade MDF is available here in Europe, but in US I don't know about cost or availability. It is very durable with finish applied, but cost is high. Exterior grades of plywood should be ...
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How can I harden soft woods?

Putting a glass top over it would be simplest. There are epoxies made for bar tops which might work, but I have no idea what they would do over a soft wood. There are compounds used to harden ...
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Using raw beeswax for cutting board finish

There are various ways of introducing wax to wood, including dissolving the wax into the mineral oil (this makes what some call "board butter" or "spoon butter"), making up a conventional paste wax, ...
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Having trouble finding a good finish for baltic birch

My understanding is that baltic birch takes stains in a blotchy manor in general. Since it is not the only wood that does this, they have products for blotch control. One group is called pre-...
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Is sealing wood with urethane or the like enough to avoid wood movement?

A finish is not a hermetic seal. It may slow wood movement; it will not prevent wood movement. Humidity matters much more than temperature.
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What to finish my pine loft bed with?

I don't know whether I want to stain the bed at all. I like the color of natural pine, and staining it would be additional work. I'd certainly be in favour of not staining myself. It's not only that ...
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Wood Finishing - Beginner

This is a massive topic, and I'm personally not well equipped to completely answer it, just approaching the novice → intermediate transition myself (nor would I attempt to -- volumes of books by ...
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Choices of contrasting wood for laminated table mat

Nearly any hardwood you desire should work since the exposure to heat and water is moderate. Go for what looks good to you. Although some woods are more porous than others, the applied finish will ...
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What wood/finish would hold up to use in a video game controller?

Both redwood and basswood are on the softer end of the Janka hardness scale, which measures the hardness of woods. But I am having a hard time imagining they'd fail to "hold up" to the kind of (ab)use ...
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What is the best finish for wood in a bathroom

This is a tough problem to solve, and similar to what finish should be applied to wooden kitchen countertops. Overall, the difference between finish types is less significant than the difference ...
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What is the best finish for a laser etching on birch veneer plywood?

Why not make some smaller test pieces on some scrap pieces of the birch veneer plywood. Etch small but similar patterns. Then finish these test pieces to see which type of finish you like better and ...
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Most durable foodsafe finish to highlight chatoyancy

I have been using carnauba wax to finish my turning projects recently. It's pretty durable and is food-safe right away. I've been turning bowls from maple butcher block, it shows off the chatoyancy ...
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What glaze or surface treatment to repair this bar?

how do I identify what the finish is that was used here, so that I can identify the proper repair? There are some test you can perform to narrow down or identify the finish used on something. ...
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Help IDing what the type of wood finish this is

Can anybody help determining it from the photos please? Sorry but it's impossible to identify finishes from appearance only. It can be hard to ID them in the flesh! One can make guesses1 based on ...
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Choices of contrasting wood for laminated table mat

Most importantly, what would be good woods for a table mat? This doesn't necessarily have to be about the choice of wood because your finish alone could cover you on this front. Heat and moisture-...
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Easy but tough shelving finish

But as I'm getting nearer that step, I'm dreading the extended painting effort.... I'll end up going through more than 20 clean-up cycles with my brushes. Two big tips can help here: don't clean your ...
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How can I sanitize wood?

What can I do wood before and after finishing a project to ensure that it is very clean and as safe as possible? Plane or mill or sand through until you're in the fresh wood underneath the surface. ...
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Is sealing wood with urethane or the like enough to avoid wood movement?

Will a solid wood table top still move if it is finished from all sides with polyurethane or some other water resistant finish? Yes. You can, in theory at least, completely seal off wood from the ...
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What do I need to know before I lacquer a custom painted guitar body?

In this case the safest bet (you should still check with the artist about the kind of paint used) would be to utilize a waterborne sealer. The technology has come a long way and is as durable if ...
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What is the oldest type of wood finish that we know of which can still be used today?

Well this is easy: no finish. Go back far enough and there's no doubt wood would have been left unfinished and the no-finish option is still widely used today, sometimes by necessity1 and sometimes ...
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