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|1313 days ago||
Putting a finish on MDF - 14 replies
How do you finish MDF? I want to make a couple of modern furniture pieces (like a modern coffee table) and thought that maybe I’d use MDF. I want it to be glossy (very glossy) BLACK. I was wondering how you finish MDF…....do you sand it til smooth, paint it, and then coat it? Simple as that? I’ve never tried it – and...
|1318 days ago||
How do I make this rustic Pine table top?? - 27 replies
Hi fellow lumberjocks. My girlfriend’s mom wants me to build her a pine table top that sort of looks like the picture I have posted below. She already has the base of the table wish has some turned legs, all black. All she wants me to build is the actual top to attach to the frame. Whats the best way of doing this? Can I just go b...
|1343 days ago||
A possible walnut score??? - 11 replies
So there is a guy (about 40 minutes away) I found on Craigslist that is selling some black walnut for $2.50/bd foot. It has been air dried for 4 years. It is 4/4 with live edges. He milled it himself. Lengths are up to 12’ and 13” wide. He says its very nice. Before I make the trip out there – with just that knowledge, do...
|1344 days ago||
sanding edges and end grains - 11 replies
I was curious as to how you guys sand your end-grains and edges on your projects. I recently made a couple of prayer kneelers as gifts, and I rounded over all the edges with my router – i had trouble sanding them down with out deforming the perfectly round edges. Any tricks you guys use? Also wondering what your techniques/steps are for...
|1349 days ago||
wood conditioner VS. sanding sealer - 8 replies
I know wood conditioner goes on after sanding and before stain, so you do not get blotchy staining results – but what does sanding sealer do?? And when do you use it? I heard from someone it goes on AFTER the stain, and before the finish coats? Is this true, and if so, does that mean you can sand it before putting the finish coats on? ...
|1352 days ago||
So I want to thank everyone for their help with my sanding/staining problem. I know pine isn’t the best wood to build furniture out of, because of how easy it damages, and stains very poorly, etc, etc. I really didn’t want to sand it all down and try to redo the stain – the wood only cost me about $15 and the stain was only a...
|1356 days ago||
I’m a beginner woodworker/wood finisher…..so I made this prayer kneeler for someone, and everything was awesome, until staining, and then it got ruined. I have all of these sanding spots all over. Its only out of pine, because I didnt want to spend big bucks on it and ruin it – Being new to woodworking, this is my first BIG p...
|1438 days ago||
Janka scale, wood hardness - 4 replies
So I work at Menards, and work with a lot of lumber.. people ask me questions all the time, and would like to give them some answers (and would also like to know for my own knowledge)!!! – I’m new to woodworking, and have a few questions if anyone would care to respond to some, or all…. I looked up the Janka scale online, and s...
|1451 days ago||
spray can or brush on lacquer? - 5 replies
Was curious if anyone has yielded good results with a lacquer finish from a spray can (that you buy at a hardware store). I decided to finish my humidor with lacquer, and bought a spray can lacquer. Any advice, comments? is brush on better or easier??
|1452 days ago||
Lumberyard Etiquette - 46 replies
So I just got home from work. I’m a little ticked. I work at Menards part time (Menards is a midwest lumber/hardware store). I work out in the lumber yard. Today I worked the aisles where all the construction grade 2Xs are kept and plywoods and OSB’s…etc. Part of my job is to keep the stacks looking nice and neat and stock...
|1454 days ago||
Finishing my humidor, QUESTION!! - 3 replies
This is my second question. I’ve never finished anything before (as in stain, etc). I’m trying to finish my humidor that I just made as my first project, and think I’m going to go with a lacquer top finish so I can get that hard glassy (glossy) feel/look. The box is completed. It is made of oak and aspen. I’m going t...
|1455 days ago||
HELP!! How to finish project! - 11 replies
Hi Lumber Jocks, I am a beginner wood worker. While I have been building things and fooling around with wood for a while, I am now doing, what I consider my first REAL project. I just joined LJ.com and need some advice. I see all these awesome projects on here and would love to be able to make things like this. The skill is here, just t...