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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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Need better paint

01-20-2018 01:25 AM by Kirk650

Now, before you folks go off on me for using paint on wood, let me ‘splain’. ...

1 01-20-2018 02:15 AM
View Steve's profile

Has Danish Oil Changed?

01-17-2018 05:07 PM by Steve

Danish oil is a favorite of mine and I’ve been using it for years. It&#...

26 01-19-2018 05:35 PM
View Alan S's profile

Finish Raised Panel Doors Before Assembly?

07-22-2012 04:52 PM by Alan S

I am making some solid wood raised panel doors. I plan on using space balls ...

11 01-19-2018 05:31 PM
View Pyro's profile

Lacquer or poly recommendation needed

01-16-2018 01:47 PM by Pyro

Hey guys! In the past I have mostly been using poly. My understanding is t...

17 01-19-2018 03:33 AM
View Gerald Thompson's profile

Bar Top

10-17-2017 06:48 PM by Gerald Thompson

I have a friend that is going to finish a long, 30 ft., bar top. the wood is ...

20 01-19-2018 02:20 AM
View bilyo's profile

How much can you thin latex/acrylic

01-18-2018 09:32 PM by bilyo

Is there a limit to how much you can thin water based paint (latex/acrylic) w...

7 01-19-2018 12:38 AM
View trevorlamont's profile

1/4 gap between Mantel top and wall

01-16-2018 11:02 PM by trevorlamont

Hey guys, I’m building a mantel and come to find out I didn’t fra...

23 01-19-2018 12:14 AM
View Charlie's profile

Green Hemlock board & batten - finishing schedule ?

05-27-2013 12:02 PM by Charlie

OK, so I’ve started putting up 1” thick rough sawn hemlock boards...

2 01-18-2018 11:14 PM
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How to Store Latex Paint?

01-16-2018 07:49 PM by jasoncarpentry

I have about 20 gallons (or partial gallons) of latex paint. I’d like t...

10 01-17-2018 03:30 PM
View dbw's profile

Polyurethane/Oil Stain compatibility

01-16-2018 05:05 PM by dbw

I’m curious as to why Polyurethane is “lifting” some of the...

1 01-16-2018 05:14 PM
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Need help on which stain/poly to use on new knotty pine doors in log cabin

01-15-2018 04:10 AM by scotttt

Hi! 1st post. 1st off, I have no idea what I’m doing. I have a cabin an...

2 01-15-2018 11:14 PM
View Redfern's profile

Beetle Kill Table

11-28-2017 01:47 PM by Redfern

I have put together a table top for the breakfast nook of my house. I just...

10 01-15-2018 06:16 PM
View NoSpace's profile

Lacquer finishing problems

01-15-2018 01:25 AM by NoSpace

I have a maple and mahogany chessboard I’m finishing with lacquer—...

4 01-15-2018 06:04 PM
View jonlan's profile

Best way to finish painted cabinets

01-12-2018 08:45 PM by jonlan

Hi All – I have a bit of a conundrum on my hands and looking for some i...

23 01-15-2018 03:40 PM
View cowboyup3371's profile

Finishing a piece with a tenon

01-13-2018 05:08 PM by cowboyup3371

I’m building out the interior pieces of a jewelry box first and then wi...

4 01-15-2018 01:30 AM
View TimHopson's profile

Floating cedar shelves

01-14-2018 08:09 PM by TimHopson

So my in laws gave me an awesome, natural edge cedar board. I’ve cut and sand...

2 01-15-2018 12:21 AM
View cabbie's profile

Dipping finishes

01-11-2018 11:21 PM by cabbie

Jocks-I’m hoping that someone out there has an answer for this problem&...

7 01-14-2018 03:25 PM
View jklingel's profile

Finishing gray pine

01-12-2018 06:21 AM by jklingel

Or, smoke pine I’ve heard it called; gray streaks all through the pine....

12 01-14-2018 06:28 AM
View Pyro's profile

Two water based polys but different brands?

01-11-2018 04:19 PM by Pyro

Hey guys, Finished a project with water based Varathane high traffic. Ever...

10 01-14-2018 05:44 AM
View DavidOveracre's profile

Door panel joints...

12-27-2017 08:42 PM by DavidOveracre

These are cope and stick, poplar door frames with “1/4” ply panels. T...

10 01-13-2018 03:34 PM

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