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Used motor oil on treated pine

Depending on where you live, this may not even be legal. Used motor oil, where I live, must be collected in leak-proof containers and periodically picked up and taken to a depot where it is ...
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How do I treat MDF?

What should I apply to seal the edges from leaking and seal the top from absorbing? Indoor use, subject to humidity. Technically you don't have to do anything to it, many people have MDF benchtops ...
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Does clear oil based polyurethane exist?

There are lighter and darker oil-based polys (and other varnishes, not all oil-based varnishes contain polyurethane) but essentially all are various shades of yellow. This is inherent to the product ...
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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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How do I fix a bench that my dog chewed?

Unless you want to refinish the whole table, this is really just going to come down to trial and error. Find some scrap wood, head down to the store to find some similar looking stains / oils / etc., ...
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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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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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What is the purpose of Maloof oil/wax and how is it different than regular paste wax?

Is this a common finish? No. Oil/wax blends are not common and I think for good reason. Looked at a certain way it's because it combines the worst of both materials, something I don't say lightly. ...
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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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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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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 finishes are suitable for use on a slab headboard?

This is the type of thing that should be asked "what finish could I use...." rather than should. There are essentially no areas of finishing where there's a should use, almost every case comes down to ...
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Polyurethane or similar on multiple sides at once, quickly, no drips

Apply the varnish more thinly. Thinly is a pun here, as I mean thinned but this will directly result in a thinner coat being applied to the wood. A thin coating is automatically less subject to ...
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Do I need to seal the ends of hardwood fence boards?

Yes you absolutely want to treat the ends of fence boards, even if they don't face upwards but especially if they do. Typically you wouldn't use anything different on them, just coat with the same ...
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Finish that will come in contact with alcohol

I do not want to write a book on this. fully cured drying oil finishes, except ones with zinc (and other metallic) driers, are usually suitable to come into contact with food. The FDA regulates ...
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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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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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Can water based wood dyes be mixed to be more opaque?

I lack the equipment and experience to do the finish with an airbrush and tinted lacquer, so I've set my sights on using water based wood dyes to rub on Let me stop you right there. Believe it or not ...
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Can I use lacquer over an epoxy resin?

Lacquer can stick to epoxy. How secure the bond is depends on a few factors but if you provide a textured surface for a mechanical bond to form — as you do when you sand — that gives the best chance ...
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Finish that will come in contact with alcohol

OK simple answer here, varnish. While waterbased varnishes have been tested and some shown to provide very good protection from liquids containing alcohol, including red wine, a simpler broad-...
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How can I prevent outdoor cedar projects from losing their color?

Short answer, there is no product you can apply that will preserve the color of cedar for the long term. There are some products you can apply to slow the aging process of the cedar or just cover it ...
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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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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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What type of paint would be suitable in terms of durability?

I was thinking of using outdoor paint, like for a house. Is latex based a good choice? Yes but you'd probably get better results from a dedicated indoor paint. While paint for outdoor applications ...
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What type of paint would be suitable in terms of durability?

If you are willing to spray a finish, I think the go to would be lacquer. This will provide a hard and durable finish that is frequently used on furniture, cabinets, etc. Paint is always an option ...
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Staining and finishing an Oak walking stick

Stain is to colour wood, you only need to use that if you want to change the basic colour of the oak (make it darker, more brown, more reddish etc.) but you sound like you're happy enough with it as-...
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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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