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Recommendation for manual planing and sanding

when I am levelling out wood with my plane, I get little pits (likely I suspect from the blade chipping against denser areas. This is called tearout, it is not caused by denser areas of the wood (in ...
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What do I need to do to prepare wood for gluing?

All you need to do to prepare wood for glueing is to 'clean' the surface. This can actually just be cleaning in the literal sense of the word since a wipe down with soapy water (followed by rinsing ...
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Recommendation for manual planing and sanding

This is likely to be related to the direction of the grain: So you should pick the direction of planing depending on which way the grain slopes. Unfortunately however, some timbers (particularly ...
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Recycling "pre-loved" lumber -- techniques?

I used a belt sander to remove most of the finish of some old tiger oak flooring before running it through the planer. 80 grit sand paper is cheaper than blades. But I did keep a set of old blades to ...
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How to remove dust after sanding before applying paint/oil/glue?

Is there a better/recommended way to do this? All the methods you list are recommended ways of removing dust from the workpiece. Brushing is actually a very good way to get dust off wood, and for ...
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How to remove sticker price tags from wood without leaving residue

How can I get these price tag stickers off in a way that the wood will okay to take stain in those places? Re. the highlighted portion, you shouldn't need to worry about that because the surface of ...
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How to remove dust after sanding before applying paint/oil/glue?

Your item #3 is called a tack cloth and is quite commonly used for removing dust, because, as you noted, it's quite effective, and it's a highly recommended solution. According to the linked ...
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Efficient paint removal from rough sawn wood

When we stripped the paint in my house growing up we used a heat gun and paint scrapers. It was tedious but fairly effective.
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Recycling "pre-loved" lumber -- techniques?

Whether a peice of wood is worth it depends on how you are going to use it. If you want it for inlays then you don't need much viable wood. You just need enough to cut of the piece you want with a ...
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How to remove dust after sanding before applying paint/oil/glue?

Instead of sucking it up you can blow it away using compressed air (or just your lungs). A moist (not wet) cloth will minimize the water you apply to the wood. A micro-fibre cloth is dry but will ...
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Efficient paint removal from rough sawn wood

I think your best bet would be to use dry ice blaster. It is sort of like sand blasting, but the way the dry ice works is it will destroy the paint and evaporate into CO2 before it will harm the sub-...
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Wood conditioner between stain layers

should wood conditioner be applied between each coat or only before the first coat? Only before the first coat. Pre-stain wood conditioners are to help (note: not solve) with blotching, which is ...
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Removing Paint from Rough/Coarse Surfaced Beams

They have been painted though and I'm looking for a method to remove the paint, and let the natural wood stand out instead. I live in an apartment building that used to be a large furniture factory. ...
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Sand before priming plywood built-in

My question is, since the grain raises and I have to re-sand it anyway, do I really need to sand it before priming? Birch has a tendency to be a bit stringy even after sanding, so this could be what ...
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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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What do I need to do to prepare wood for gluing?

The best glue joins, with wood, will have mated face grain surfaces i.e. no gaps between the wood where the glue is going. Generally smooth (sanded or scraped) wood surfaces are encouraged. Once the ...
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How to remove sticker price tags from wood without leaving residue

A cabinet scraper might be another solution, removing the wood the glue adhered to.
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Does the bar oil from using a chainsaw create problems for woodworking?

Odds are that your chainsaw cuts aren't going to be super smooth, so you'll end up sizing them with other tools. I cannot imagine that a bit of oil would cause any issue for a planer or jointer knife. ...
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Wood conditioner between stain layers

Only before the first. Wood conditioner's job is to manage stain absorption in woods which would otherwise soak it up strangely. Once that partial pore-filling has been done, stain shouldn't disturb ...
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Removing Paint from Rough/Coarse Surfaced Beams

Unfortunately there are no easy solutions to removing paint from rough wood in situ. Methylene-chloride paint remover: Dont know how difficult that would be to remove the pain on the rough surface ...
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How to remove sticker price tags from wood without leaving residue

I'd use mineral spirits or another solvent (lacquer thinner, denatured alcohol, etc.) to remove the residue. You should verify compatibility with your finishing product before use.
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How to remove dust after sanding before applying paint/oil/glue?

Recommend an intial pass with a shop vac, which will capture probably 95% of the dust. It is good to use a shop vac to clean the surface between sanding grits, removing the larger grit particles from ...
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Efficient paint removal from rough sawn wood

To completely remove the paint (nooks and crannys included), the wood will eventually have to be planed down. The majority could be removed with a heat gun and scraper, then planed to get the last ...
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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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Sand before priming plywood built-in

do I really need to sand... before priming? Ideally yes. The role of sanding is not just about smoothing, it can also be about prepping a surface to properly accept a finish (or glue). Any older ...
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Is this a good approach to fixing damaged mdf holes along the edge?

Fixing the MDF: I'm planning on mixing a glue/sawdust/wood-filler/mdf/sawdust mixture up, clamping the board in place, applying the glue, letting the glue dry, removing the clamps and board, and then ...
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Should I apply wax on all sides of a table when building one to protect it?

No you don't have to bother waxing the bottoms. You can if you want to but it isn't needed, it won't help prevent expansion from humidity (a wax finish is much too thin to provide a seal against ...
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How are these toolmarks happening, and how to prevent / get rid of them?

As some people already pointed out, the carbide tool is not as sharp as a HSS bowl gouge can be. The scratches on the outside can only prevent by a shearing cut with a very sharp tool because the ...
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In which direction should I sand the ends of a solid wood countertop?

Normally you sand in the direction of the grain1 for best results. But this surface is all end grain, so that doesn't apply since technically the grain direction is outwards (towards the viewer). ...
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Splinters in wheelbarrow handles

It sounds like you keep your wheelbarrow outside, as I do. I recently sanded my wheelbarrow handles and treated them with "spar urethane" to solve the same persistent splinter problem you'...
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