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399 days ago

gel stain experience? - 10 replies

I’m finishing a cherry chest that I’ll post later. This is my first time to use a gel stain. The General Finishes instructions say to apply the stain, wipe, then buff with 320 – 400 paper. Use additional coats for deeper, more durable surface. All my other projects have been finished with regular stain, then three coats of p...

564 days ago

using cedar wall planks to line a hope chest - 1 reply

I’m looking for suggestions & hope to lean on your expertise / experience.I’m building an oak hope chest and want to line it with aromatic cedar wall strips.Question: Do I glue them in? If so what adhesive? Would a 23ga pin nailer be better?I want to allow for expansion / contraction but want the slats to be firmly fastened.Tho...

876 days ago

work tabletop finishing? - 13 replies

My shop work table is an old industrial arts / art room, 72” X 42” that must be 80 to 100 years old. I’ve stripped and sanded down the top (I believe it’s hard maple) as fine as 320. It’s very smooth but I’d like to put some kind of finish on it to protect it from any spills, etc. Oil might transfer to ...

1149 days ago

What's it worth? - 14 replies

I’m a newbie to the forum.A friend found a modular cube system of bins, shelves and drawers that is no longer available in the store and has asked me to build the unit for her.I can figure out the cost of the materials list but also need to give her a labor cost.Any suggestions on how to figure out what to charge?Thanks!


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