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The finish, whether paint, wax, stain, or something else, can make or break a project. What are your tips and questions regarding finishes?

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Help with butchers block

01-16-2017 01:54 PM by Lotzasugar13

I’m not at all skilled or knowledgeable about wood working so please be...

2 01-16-2017 03:30 PM
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Staining Figured Soft Maple

01-16-2017 01:54 PM by 2013dbusko

Hello fellow woodworkers. I have recently finished gluing up a table top made...

2 01-16-2017 03:04 PM
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Minwax Polyshades--Any Experience Or Advice?

04-18-2012 09:13 PM by lobro4

I have never used the product but I am finishing a HUGE project and wonder if...

44 01-16-2017 03:23 AM
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Stair Trim

12-27-2016 09:13 PM by ChicksWithTools

In theory….. this should be as easy as putting together lego and should...

9 01-15-2017 06:52 PM
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UGH! Wood does strange things

01-14-2017 12:30 PM by cracknpop

Wife asked me to build our daughter a TV stand/entertainment center the week ...

19 01-15-2017 01:17 PM
View torea's profile

Durability of poly from a spray can

01-09-2017 02:50 AM by torea

Hey all! I’m working on a set of coasters and I want to finish them ...

8 01-14-2017 05:05 AM
View Jim's profile

HELP! General Finishes Rosewood very VERY red

01-08-2017 02:45 PM by Jim

Hey everyone, so I’ve got a problem. My client wanted a dark brown stai...

23 01-13-2017 03:42 AM
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dissapointing pop!

01-03-2017 08:33 PM by newwoodbutcher

Happy new yearA few years ago I made a headboard with shop sawn quilted cherr...

9 01-13-2017 02:42 AM
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Finishing baltic birch ply with exposed edges

01-08-2017 03:26 PM by jpgolf14

Hi folks, First post here. I have a little bit of finishing experience bu...

6 01-12-2017 09:22 PM
View Peace's profile

Wood dyes and Birch coloring

01-12-2017 01:10 PM by Peace

I have tried using water based dyes to enable the grain in light grained wood...

2 01-12-2017 09:15 PM
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Help with inked/painted wood panels

12-13-2016 07:50 PM by William Shelley

Hello, Recently, my girlfriend has gotten me interested in branching out f...

3 01-12-2017 12:07 AM
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Stopping end grain blotching on cutting boards

01-11-2017 12:56 AM by TheQueTip

Hello, Are there any food safe sanding sealers? Making a pizza serving ...

5 01-11-2017 05:25 AM
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Finishing oak

12-05-2016 08:48 PM by Hornnumb2

What do I need to use for a natural finish for some oak picture frames? Thank...

17 01-11-2017 03:15 AM
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Finishing to Bring Out Figure

01-09-2017 09:02 PM by Cheapguy82

I watched a video recently where the guy said to really make any curl/figure ...

2 01-10-2017 06:58 PM
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Durability of Sam Maloof's Finish

11-01-2012 08:52 PM by Marshall

Hello, I’m building a blanket/toy chest out of black walnut for my s...

27 01-10-2017 05:14 PM
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Mission Furniture Inquiry

01-10-2017 04:38 PM by sawdustclub

I am trying desperately to uncover some information on a piece that is being ...

0 01-10-2017 04:38 PM
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Color Lightening

01-10-2017 01:16 AM by LumberJocksGuest

What is the best way to lighten a dark, water-based stain (e.g. General Finis...

1 01-10-2017 02:15 AM
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01-09-2017 11:34 PM by LumberJocksGuest

I was going to attempt making my own toner using General Finishes Dye stain a...

1 01-09-2017 11:48 PM
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Advice needed for top coat on interior window trim and sill

01-04-2017 02:51 PM by JayEs

Hello everyone. I’m seeking advice for the “best” finishing...

5 01-09-2017 08:24 PM
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Smaller cup for Earlex HV2901P

01-07-2017 05:52 PM by bdresch

I’ve got an Earlex HV2901P that I’ve been using for about a month...

3 01-09-2017 04:36 PM

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