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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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The quickest way to a flawless paint finish on mdf, what works for you?

484 days ago by 404 - Not Found

Let me preface this by saying I have painted acres and acres of mdf. I use...

10 483 days ago
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Finishing Cherry

485 days ago by RussellAP

I’m building a chest from cherry. Some of the wood is lighter, not sapw...

24 484 days ago
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What is your favorite, off-the-shelf walnut stain?

485 days ago by Millo

I have a table built with air-dried walnut, but whose legs are made with kiln...

5 484 days ago
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If it's not one thing it's another (wiping varnish poly issues, some pics)

484 days ago by Millo

Now with pics… A bit of an issue with Arm R Seal… Doing gloss coa...

5 484 days ago
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Sealing Knots

486 days ago by LearningAsIGo

I need to prime and paint some boards that have knots in them. I’m usin...

9 485 days ago
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Howard Butcher Block Conditioner?

485 days ago by ChesapeakeBob

Howard Butcher Block Conditioner says it is made of food grade mineral oil st...

3 485 days ago
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white areas on the crossgrain

486 days ago by yrob

what are those white areas on the crossgrain of the cherry ?its typically...

13 485 days ago
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Cutting Board Oozing Mineral Oil

486 days ago by harriw

Hey folks, I finished up a pair of Cuttingboards for Christmas presents an...

4 486 days ago
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Help with Wipe-on poly on rosewood

486 days ago by BenI

Hi LJ’s, After seeing the Woodworking for Mere Mortals video on wood...

3 486 days ago
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Finishing cutting boards for restaurant use.

489 days ago by JoshuaJCox

Hey guys, I need your wealth of expertise. I currently work in a fine dini...

6 487 days ago
View moke's profile

I would like Oak to look very dark

488 days ago by moke

I am looking for recommendations to make an oak cabinet look as dark as walnu...

31 487 days ago
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Remove water rings from finished furniture

488 days ago by Handtooler

LJers, I possess a Pub Table of yesteryear. I’m unsure if the finish ...

12 488 days ago
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High build, photo safe, water based clear coat?

489 days ago by bh442

Hey guys, I’ve tried looking around a bit, but with no luck. Right n...

7 488 days ago
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490 days ago by chocked

I cut part of a river burch tree in my front yard. My wife loves that tree s...

2 488 days ago
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Staining directly after hand-planing?

488 days ago by 12strings

Does anyone use rub-on stain directly after hand-planing without sanding? ...

7 488 days ago
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minimum temperature question

488 days ago by Don "Dances with Wood" Butler

The instructions for Minwax Polycrylic give the ideal temperature for good cu...

2 488 days ago
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489 days ago by WoodYard

I used to never paint anything I built. Now that I have grandkids I find the ...

5 489 days ago
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Finish for Bare 1.5 "Plywood Edge

490 days ago by Gassit

Hi, Has anyone done a plywood end-grain finish on their speakers similar t...

4 489 days ago
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How Do You Sign/Mark Your Work?

491 days ago by BigMig

I’m giving a few handmade gifts this season and I’m wondering if ...

14 489 days ago
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How to repair a cracked wood table top surface?

493 days ago by BubTheBuilder

So I have been pondering the solution to this question for a few weeks now. ...

4 490 days ago

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