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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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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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Harden soft pine

There is a product called "Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealant", or CPES for short. It is basically a very thin 2-part epoxy. It is typically used for stabilizing rotten wood, but it can also be used as ...
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Does MDF warp less than pineboards?

MDF is practically purpose-made for this application. It is very dimensionally stable, one of its prime selling points. And while it's not as stiff or strong as ply it is as a rule more stable these ...
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How do I fix blotchy grey stain that was not absorbed evenly into pine?

Pine is a wood that is notorious for not absorbing stain evenly. To begin with the lighter and darker portions of the grain have very different absorbencies (the existing dark parts of the grain are ...
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What is the yellow stain on the end of this pine I bought?

The paint isn't only used to identify the wood boards by lumber yards, but it's also used to seal of the end grain to slow down the drying process. Because exposed pores or tracheids on the end-...
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Having a hard time ripping inexpensive 2x10 lumber. Could use a little advice

Wax your riving knife well with paste wax, see if it makes a big enough difference. If you don't have any paste wax just scribble thoroughly with the butt of a candle, same as is done on hand saws to ...
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Is wood glue enough to hold a pine serving tray together?

Wood glue will do just fine. If the surfaces are properly prepared, a glue joint can be stronger than the wood. Depending on what you want to use the tray for, you might want to consider one of the ...
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What is the yellow stain on the end of this pine I bought?

Lumber mills mark their boards with different colors to quickly identify them. Generally you'd cut off the end of a board after ripping it to get a nice square end. Sanding works too but is a lot of ...
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Is wood glue enough to hold a pine serving tray together?

In short: Yes. But... While glue alone is a perfectly good joint if done properly (you will most likely rather totally anihilate the pine wood than break the glue!) working with "just glue" can be a ...
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How long would it take to rot for untreated pine box

Local conditions will strongly influence this so it's impossible to give a reliable answer, but certainly you should be able to get more than one season from something like this regardless of the ...
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Shelf made of 1x2 pine boards. Stable?

Each shelf is capable of holding the load that you are intending with shearing or sagging. Where this design fails is in racking, both front to back and side to side. Traditional shelves are built ...
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Shelf made of 1x2 pine boards. Stable?

The weakest part of the design is how your substantial load is being carried to the uprights. There's not that much you can do for those joints as drawn... I'd suggest you add actual 1x2 members ...
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Does MDF warp less than pineboards?

MDF is much more likely to be flat and is relatively dimensionally stable - however it's not overly strong when running long unsupported distances. If the pelmet is attached at its top along the ...
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Cutting dressed pine to make it narrower

What will the edge look like? It'll look like a sawn face usually looks, based on the wood type (the original cut of the board as well as the species) and the type of saw used. The second point is ...
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How can I avoid tearout when using a belt sander on pine?

Belt sanders are rough tools and the end result is never going to be good enough for polyurethane. Use your sander carefully to get the tabletop as flat as you can, then switch to either a random ...
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Pine plywood (project panel) looks quite different than pine boards (select)

Pine plywood (project panel) looks quite different than pine boards (select) This is quite normal, and unfortunately unavoidable, even with much higher quality plywood like Baltic-birch ply if the ...
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Building a table for aquarium

Judging by the pictures and the movie, I'd say the problem is just warping of the pine boards. The fact that the boards are straight at the center (where they are screwed to the vertical legs) and ...
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Harden soft pine

I was wondering if there is some penetrating finish that will harden up the outside a little bit. "Danish oil" and other mixed oil-and-varnish blends will do this, but you'll only get a modest ...
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Cutting dressed pine to make it narrower

this is in response to the question clarified in the OP's comment: it's hard to know what "dressed" means without seeing it, but it most likely means machine planed and/or jointed and/or sanded to ...
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How to fix white splotches on pine from wood filler?

Now that I've finished sanding, there are quite a few spots that have white splotches from the wood filler That looks like something you get almost always when sanding wood that isn't absolutely ...
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Let pine dry or use it right away for building a work bench?

For fine woodworking, I understand you should let wood dry and get accustomed to your shop (or ideally wherever the finished product will live). Okay so of course that make sense for a huge slab of ...
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Shelf made of 1x2 pine boards. Stable?

The sagulator calculates a sag of 0.03 in over 24" for a 50 lb uniform load on a single 1x2 of (Ponderosa) pine laying on its face. So your 4-board shelf should be stable given that weight load. A 12" ...
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This was my first attempt to making a coffee table. I have some issues where stain didnt take

Any guesses what caused this 99.9% certain it's glue residue as you already suspected. You can remove excess glue basically at three stages, almost immediately when it's fully liquid, after it has ...
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Building a pergola on a new patio slab - wood quality

It seems like you have 3 questions: Is Ponderosa Pine a good choice? It's not a great choice as the heartwood is rated as moderate to low in decay resistance. It depends on your local climate and ...
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Fixing small knot hole in pine -- compatible with oil finish

I don't think doing a sawdust + epoxy/shellac/glue filler will sit well with an oil finish Actually they're fine. Fills don't have to absorb the oil in the same way as the surrounding wood, ...
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refinishing soft pine floors

it is in terrible shape in the kitchen High-traffic zone there, consider a rug or a runner to lesser the wear and tear on the floor at that point. Does anyone have any suggestions for a way to ...
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Will unfinished pine work for an unfinished drinking vessel?

I was once told by an instructor as a rule of thumb never to make something that will have food on it that does not bear food of some sort. This was a very general statement, though we were making ...
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