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I accidentally used woodglue that doesn't stain. How do I fix it?

Almost every glue commonly in use won't take stain, and one or two that are said to stain don't stain as well as you'd like (similar story with 'stainable filler' incidentally) so it's good practice ...
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How do I achieve flush joinery when the pieces need to be stained differently?

Stain the pieces separately before they're glued up, hoping that I don't have to sand through the whole stain to get the joints flush. Even the deepest penetrating commercial stains, applied in the ...
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Use Baby oil instead of mineral oil on cutting boards

Baby oil is just mineral oil with fragrance added - so you're not going to kill anyone, but there may be a smell.. I normally use Olive Oil on cutting boards.
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Can wood be "dyed" transparent?

Apparently there is at least one method of doing this, by chemically breaking down or replacing wood lignin with acrylic. However this method may only be practical in laboratory-type settings, or at ...
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Can you apply wood with glue over stained areas?

There are a few Q&As here with related info on bonding wood with stain or finish on it, here's another Should I finish before, during, or after assembly? Because of the specifics of your build ...
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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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In which order should I glue, stain and apply epoxy resin?

Since it doesn't relate to the other things we're discussing in the Comments we can go ahead and Answer the main query you posted here. In which order should I glue, stain and apply epoxy resin? ...
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Type of stain...?

First off you should recognise this as softwood and most softwoods have soft (and consequently absorbent) earlywood while the denser latewood is very much the opposite. Due to these characteristic ...
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Wood Staining is blotchy and black...HELP!

what am I doing wrong? This looks like a classic case of not preparing the wood fully for new stain. When you don't remove the previous finish and expose bare wood uniformly it won't look even, even ...
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How long does it take for the odor to go away after applying varnish?

It depends. The first thing is the type of product used. As the Comments have asked about the types of product used are a big factor — oil-based and spirit-soluble stuff smells much more strongly (...
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Can I blow torch a table that is already stained?...what would happen? Thanks

As far as looks go the only way to know for sure what'll happen is to try it out, but on the safety side what's in the stain will be burned along with the wood and that may be a health hazard. So ...
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Do I need to add natural stain before applying polyurethane for natural finish?

No. The purpose of stain is to alter the color of the wood. If you don't want to change the color of the wood you should not use stain. Polyurethane by itself is a perfectly acceptable finish.
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Should I sand after applying oil-based stain to walnut countertop material?

No, generally you don't sand after applying this type of stain1. Soon as I read Home Depot I was ready to criticise the instructions2 but the highlighted portion isn't terrible3. They just shouldn't ...
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Need help getting stain out of wood table

The water has penetrated the finish on the table top, and stained the wood underneath. It is probably possible to remove the stain with oxalic acid. But I doubt you can do it in a way that ...
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Staining newbie: how to match these stains that primarily color the grain?

I've watched plenty of videos, and am planning to sand, pre-condition, then stain with oil-based stain and apply oil-based poly finish. You need to watch more videos. Or actually ditch that idea, you ...
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I accidentally used woodglue that doesn't stain. How do I fix it?

I almost agree with another answer. However I would like to add my two cents as I just had a similar problem. I have not as well found a glue that is "stainable". Most state they are "paintable" ...
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Can I decorate linseed oil treated wood table with a blowtorch?

You can still scorch wood that has been oiled, but the results are likely to be different to when the wood is bare. As with almost all finishing you'd ideally want to do some experimentation before ...
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What is an easy way to seal wood for outdoor garden use

Looking for a suggestion on what to use to treat(stain and/or seal) wood to a little more life out of it then a season of two? You don't have to treat almost any wood for it to have a reasonable ...
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How to de-emphasize grain in red oak shelves

The more I read about it, the more I'm frustrated by the options, and I'm thinking about things like sealer, washcoating, grain filler, etc. This is part of the problem with finishing when you're ...
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Using BLO on a Base Used for an Electrical Lamp

Thete are lots of lamps out there with wooden bases with various finishes.If the wiring isn't bad, and the socket is approved for use in contact with wood (most are, if mounted correctly) and you let ...
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Ran into a few issues while staining my table top

There was definitely some sort of surface contamination that prevented the stain from absorbing evenly. The only way to make it even, aside from painting, is to remove all of the current stain by ...
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How well does Walnut take stain?

Yes, Walnut does accept stain and dyes well in the sense that it does not suffer from blotchiness nor does it specifically require pre-stain conditioners. It is obviously a dark color to begin with ...
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A beginner's question about sanding, stain, and polyurethane for a SMOOTH finish

Have you considered "sanding the finish"? Here's the basic idea: Let the finish fully cure. This usually takes a couple of weeks. You will know it's fully cured when you sniff it and can't smell the ...
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A beginner's question about sanding, stain, and polyurethane for a SMOOTH finish

When that dries, its gritty ... even after the 3-4 coat. This is likely because the first coat of finish caused some roughness to emerge1, referred to as 'raised grain', and you didn't tackle it then....
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Should I use a router before or after my finish is done?

My question is, should I route out the back before applying the stain and finish so that the groove left by the router is also finished Just on a technical front this groove being finished imparts no ...
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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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How to make the natural wood grains become visible on my wooden door?

Buy a new door. Refinishing Unless there's something unusual about the door that's not evident from the description it literally isn't worth the time and effort to strip and refinish. Even if you ...
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Staining dining table advice

Normally I'd have asked in the Comments for the specifics of what you'd used here as often knowing the exact products used is vital to diagnosing an issue, but I don't think it matters here as ...
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Why would stain change color from one project to another?

I'm presuming below that you used actual stain, something intended to colour wood only, and not a finish-and-stain product such as "gel stain" which is a coloured varnish despite its (confusing) name. ...
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Waterproofing Wood With Left Over Polyurethane (Aesthetics irrelevant to project)

Interior varnish used outdoors will certainly work to protect wood in the short term, but I don't think it's the right way to go here. One reason is that a film finish like varnish will tend to ...
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