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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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Metal framed wood table, will expansion be an issue?

I would be quite concerned with wood movement in this design. You will be bonding epoxy (which doesn't move seasonally) directly to the end grain of wood. Since the wood will be expanding and ...
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What is the proper humidity for a shop and how should I achieve it?

There's a lot written about the ideal conditions for the workshop but you have to be careful about the source since the figures quoted aren't as universal as sometimes implied or stated, some sources ...
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Should I “un-dry” wood for a while after oven drying?

My question is: After I do this but before I plane the boards, should I leave them sit out in the open air (maybe a week or two) to reabsorb moisture from the air? I think it's certainly advisable, ...
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Best way to cut a thin board that resists warping

Are you familiar with how the wood fibers are aligned in a tree? They (mostly) run from top to bottom and are bonded together with lignin. If you used the 'B' method the wood fibers would be running ...
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Are these cracks in this pergola of Nordic Pine wood something to be concerned about for use as a base for synthetic ceramic roof tiles?

Are the cracks something to be concerned about for structural soundness? I want to reassure, and as @bowlturner says in a Comment, large beams do crack/split all the time. Even major structural ...
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How long should I leave a green yew stick clamped to a bench for straightening?

How long should I leave a green yew stick clamped to a bench for straightening? Don't. That's not how to dry wood. Makers of walking sticks and hiking poles, who harvest saplings and branches from ...
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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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How is it possible to let wood reach equilibrium moisture content?

Just a simple note on your climate data: it is for outdoor. Since most of wooden furniture will sit indoor, you have to calculate for indoor climate. Which - thanks to heating and A/C - will pretty ...
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Acceptable wood moisture content for epoxy?

I called System Three and they were very helpful - they strongly recommended only epoxying wood that's reached it's equilibrium moisture content and not in any environment where it could be exposed to ...
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How is it possible to let wood reach equilibrium moisture content?

The theoretical predictions for equilibrium MC are approximations from empirical research done in the 40s. All well and good and they predict the MC of wood when left long enough at the stated ...
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Sealing MDF so it doesn't absorb moisture

You don't actually need to seal the MDF so it doesn't absorb moisture, any more than studwork in walls, the interior components of cabinetry or the framework in covered chairs need to be sealed. ...
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Should I use or exterior oil based polyurethane for wood trim in a bathroom?

Interior varnishes are fine for bathrooms, even if the area will be subject to direct water splashes every now and then (normal varnishes are actually quite waterproof when applied properly). Exterior ...
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Should I use or exterior oil based polyurethane for wood trim in a bathroom?

From my understanding the biggest difference in exterior poly is it has UV inhalators. I have built several bathroom vanities and used wipe on oil based poly some are about 30 yrs old. One is showing ...
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Hysteresis in wood moisture content?

I assume this means that the pattern of moisture gain or loss is not always consistent and depends on the wood's starting point moisture level? In essence, yes. Briefly, it depends on the whether ...
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Metal framed wood table, will expansion be an issue?

I've only done small scale surfaces like this, but if the epoxy completely surrounds the wood (i.e. put a layer of epoxy down first, then the wood, then fill over it with a gap between the frame and ...
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moisture after first layer of stain.. now what?

applied pre-stain/ conditioner You didn't need to do that unless you'd identified in advance that the wood was prone to blotching. Helping to prevent or minimise blotching is the sole reason to pre-...
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Does construction lumber ever dry to 6-9% MC?

Yes wood of any type can be just about any MC, given enough time and the right conditions. If you lived in arid parts of Arizona or SPF ... in my climate controlled basement for about 10 weeks ... ...
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How can you stabilize green wood after turning it on a lathe?

I have turned a few green bowls cross grain after turning I sand them down. Then, I use a old micro wave oven to heat them up some, 1- 1 1/2 mins. at a time. then take them out, and set them on a ...
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