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What's the purpose of raising the grain before finishing a furniture piece?
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You want to raise the grain before using water-based finishes, as those will also raise the grain, but you won't be able to adequately scrape/sand off the raised fibers. I'd recommend using distilled ...

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What types of food-safe finishes work best for protecting wood that will be outdoors?
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"Food-safe" finishes are generally those used on surfaces that will be in direct contact with food, such as butcher blocks, salad bowls, etc. For outdoor use, any good tough outdoor finish should be ...

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