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Finishing a desk or tabletop?

oiling and applying something like polyeurethane which seems to be used in all the youtube tutorials OK need to run though a number of basics first. Firstly a general caution, lots of people who ...
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How do I properly care for my paintbrushes?

Cleaning starts before you use them. Get the brush fully wet with whatever solvent your finish requires (water, mineral spirits, etc). This will help prevent finish from drawing up into the tang of ...
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What is the difference between wiping polyurethane and wiping varnish?

What is the difference between wiping polyurethane and wiping varnish? There can be no difference, they could be the same thing. Although note that sometimes "wiping polyurethane" refers to the ...
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Finishing a desk or tabletop?

I am bit of a Danish oil bigot. It's been so good to me that I have trouble saying anything bad about it. Realize that you will get a matte surface. About forty years ago, I made a table, which ...
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How do I properly care for my paintbrushes?

TL;DR warning. Rinsing is, usually, only the first step in brush cleaning. Many paints and varnishes will state on the label that brushes should be washed after use and if this advice is followed ...
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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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Why applying a high gloss Acrylic Clear Coat on our oil-based wood stain has created an inconsistent topcoat

There are multiple reasons this sort of thing can happen, one of the major ones being some inconsistency in the spraying (e.g. changes in angle or distance) or spraying from slightly too far away (...
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Should I apply my stain/varnish before or after drilling hundreds of tightly packed little holes

I have a small project during which I drill hundreds of little holes Sounds like a cribbage board, but you don't say for sure. In any case, you do mention that having finish inside the holes isn't ...
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Should I seal my bed slats, and if yes, with what?

He thinks that the bed slats might warp if I don't use a sealer. A 'sealer' won't make much or any difference to this once the slats are fixed in place and in use. I use quotes above because the ...
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Can I spray "brushing lacquer"?

Yes, you can spray "brushing lacquer"--although depending on your gun, you will most likely want to thin it first with lacquer thinner. Keep in mind that spraying is not necessarily faster than ...
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Easy but tough shelving finish

But as I'm getting nearer that step, I'm dreading the extended painting effort.... I'll end up going through more than 20 clean-up cycles with my brushes. Two big tips can help here: don't clean your ...
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Protecting wooden plant pot from water damage

Would a high-duty varnish (e.g., spar varnish) be a good choice? In theory yes. In a thick enough coating (numerous full-strength coats) with no voids or pinholes, a varnish like this is essentially ...
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Finishing a desk or tabletop?

Not an expert, but I made a desk recently and decided to finish it by spraying acid catalysed lacquer (AKA conversion varnish). It was a bit of effort to find a spray gun and learn how to use it, as ...
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How do I achieve a "piano black" high gloss finish on wood?

I know this is an old topic but hopefully this helps someone out. Painting MDF can be very frustrating. End "grain" in MDF will soak up paint faster than you can apply it. Sand that with 320 then ...
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New varnish beading/crawling on refinished furniture [poss. silicone contamination]

This appears to be classic "fisheye", a defect caused by contamination of the surface by silicone oil. In a furniture context the chief source of this is modern furniture polishes, although ...
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Desktop case design: Which one should I do first for mold and heat resistance, epoxy resin or varnish?

The discussion was getting carried away, so here we go: Heat resistance Polyurethane is very heat resistant -62°C to 93°C with special formulations able to handle temps as high as 150°C, however that'...
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Which solvents can be stored in which plastics? -- is there an organic chemist in the house?

In Asia, solvents are generally sold in glass beer bottles with plastic stoppers. It works well, though there is some diffusion through the stopper. Not enough to smell, unless you're storing ...
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Protecting wooden plant pot from water damage

You could look into using cedar fence planks, which are usually readily available in nominal sizes in your home center garden department. Much more rot resistant than pine.
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Easy but tough shelving finish

I'd rent a paint sprayer. At my local evil orange, that's 75 bucks a day. Prep (lots of plastic) the night before. Get a thorough primer on first; let it dry. Get one finish coat on all sides. If you'...
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Should I seal my bed slats, and if yes, with what?

I'm trying to picture a situation where you would see the slats in an assembled bed. Is this a bunk bed? I've made several beds and have never sealed the slats. If there's concern such as incomplete ...
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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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Easy but tough shelving finish

Danish oil is a natural finish option worth considering. It's easy to apply and will give the shelves a more durable finish. It can also be reapplied later on if necessary. In my opinion the ...
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Will thinning oil-based varnish facilitate curing at cool temperatures?

Drying yes, curing not really. The cure rate won't be greatly affected (because you can take it that the curing doesn't begin until the final coat has gone on) but you will most definitely see a ...
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Salvaging Failed Spar Varnish/Danish Oil Finishing Layers on Redwood Live-Edge Slab

Here's what I did (pictures below): Went to home depot and purchased: several 1",2" and a couple 3" plastic paint scrapers (important to use plastic if working on soft wood); 1 quart ...
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Safe to make a cable organisation box out of wood?

Low voltage cables are not a problem. On the other hand power cables in compact spaces will generate heat. For that reason electrical codes call for specific size junction boxes in increased sizes ...
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How to protect table top from scratches?

In order of strength: Epoxy will be strongest, but will look plasticky Oil-based varnish (e.g., polyurethane) is probably second strongest, less plasticky Water-based varnish Lacquer/shellac are ...
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Getting pine to look like this

As I say in my Comment above I suspect this is a multi-step finish and as such it is impossible to give more that guesses as to how it might have been done. Some experimentation will be required I'm ...
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What is patting on poly, What material is needed and how do i do it and is it better than using a brush?

The word you're looking for is "pad", not "pat". What this is referring to is an "applicator pad". This term is not normally used as a verb (i.e. you wouldn't say "padding on poly".) Rather it is a ...
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