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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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View mporter's profile

What can you use under water based poly?

11-25-2013 12:47 AM by mporter

Can you use BLO? Amber shellac? I am finishing a walnut table top and want a ...

6 11-25-2013 01:57 PM
View Whiskers's profile

sponges or steel wool?

11-25-2013 05:29 AM by Whiskers

Ive never used a sanding sponge, or even seen one, but I just ordered a few t...

4 11-25-2013 06:09 AM
View Sawdust2012's profile

how much sanding must one do?

11-24-2013 10:40 PM by Sawdust2012

Good Evening. I am trying to make some bottle stoppers which I finish with da...

2 11-24-2013 11:59 PM
View barringerfurniture's profile

Ever use the "wet rag and iron trick" to close a hairline crack?

11-23-2013 07:02 PM by barringerfurniture

Unfortunately I have no pics to share of the problem yet but I’ll descr...

9 11-24-2013 07:26 PM
View Jofa's profile

Water-based polyurethane vs water based polycrylic

11-23-2013 02:02 PM by Jofa

I’ve been using oil based polyurethane for a few years, simply because ...

6 11-24-2013 07:21 PM
View bygrace's profile

How should you finish "old" wood

11-21-2013 03:46 AM by bygrace

I have a friend who asked me how to refinish a small bookcase he has made out...

8 11-24-2013 05:40 PM
View TaybulSawz's profile

Painting Outdoor Projects

11-23-2013 02:35 AM by TaybulSawz

I recently restored a vintage fiberglass boat. During the course of this pro...

2 11-23-2013 10:17 PM
View jasoncarpentry's profile

Sanding Sponges?

11-22-2013 06:40 PM by jasoncarpentry

I make lots of pieces w/ either quarter-round or half-round edges. Since ther...

14 11-23-2013 03:09 PM
View mporter's profile

Waterbased Milk Looking Liquid????

11-23-2013 12:37 AM by mporter

Ok so all I have ever used in my life in oil base poly. Today I went to the s...

12 11-23-2013 02:38 PM
View Seamus0559's profile

1909 Four Square Refinish Project

05-27-2013 04:34 PM by Seamus0559

I bought a 1909 4 Square about 2 years ago. When i bought the home, every...

8 11-22-2013 12:12 AM
View dschlic1's profile

Patio cart finishing?

11-21-2013 05:47 PM by dschlic1

I am interested in building a patio cart similar to one that Woodsmith Shop h...

2 11-21-2013 07:19 PM
View b2rtch's profile

How would you finish a pine farm table?

11-20-2013 03:24 PM by b2rtch

A friend of mine gave me old and dry 6×12 and 8×16 fir beams.Last F...

12 11-21-2013 05:56 PM
View Jackietreehorn's profile

What would be the cheapest material to use for most coverage

11-20-2013 10:35 PM by Jackietreehorn

Thinking of re-building my shop table, and I wanted to seal off all the carca...

7 11-21-2013 03:44 PM
View jimmyhopps's profile

flexing finished boards

11-19-2013 03:19 AM by jimmyhopps

Hi My current project, a bench top has a moderate amount of cupping across i...

1 11-21-2013 12:45 AM
View Bearpaw's profile

Finishing Popular Slabs

11-20-2013 05:28 PM by Bearpaw

A friend ask me to make some foot stools from three pieces of cross cut popul...

8 11-21-2013 12:11 AM
View Eddie's profile

Slab finishing advice? (pics)

11-19-2013 07:29 PM by Eddie

Hey guys, I am nearing the end of my slab coffee table (poplar).I think I ...

7 11-20-2013 01:44 PM
View Emma Walker's profile

How to finish mahogany on a garden bench.

08-25-2013 05:58 PM by Emma Walker

I got a pair if cast iron garden bench side from an old garden bench. I had ...

21 11-20-2013 06:37 AM
View Joe Lyddon's profile

ColorTone Liquid Stains

04-28-2013 05:51 AM by Joe Lyddon

Has anyone used these stains? Looks like they might be pretty good for som...

7 11-20-2013 05:36 AM
View patcollins's profile

Chewing Tobacco (unchewed I guess) for stain

11-18-2013 11:32 PM by patcollins

I remember something about using chewing tobacco as a stain, anyone done it ...

4 11-19-2013 01:49 PM
View BigAndRich's profile

Staining help

07-30-2013 01:35 PM by BigAndRich

I have no finishing experience except what I’m working on right now. S...

6 11-19-2013 12:37 PM

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