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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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Finishing Cherry

565 days ago by RussellAP

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

24 564 days ago
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What is your favorite, off-the-shelf walnut stain?

565 days ago by Millo

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

5 564 days ago
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If it's not one thing it's another (wiping varnish poly issues, some pics)

564 days ago by Millo

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

5 564 days ago
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Sealing Knots

566 days ago by LearningAsIGo

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

9 564 days ago
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Howard Butcher Block Conditioner?

565 days ago by ChesapeakeBob

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

3 565 days ago
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white areas on the crossgrain

566 days ago by yrob

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

13 565 days ago
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Cutting Board Oozing Mineral Oil

566 days ago by harriw

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

4 566 days ago
View BenI's profile

Help with Wipe-on poly on rosewood

566 days ago by BenI

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

3 566 days ago
View JoshuaJCox's profile

Finishing cutting boards for restaurant use.

569 days ago by JoshuaJCox

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

6 567 days ago
View moke's profile

I would like Oak to look very dark

568 days ago by moke

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

31 567 days ago
View Handtooler's profile

Remove water rings from finished furniture

568 days ago by Handtooler

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

12 567 days ago
View bh442's profile

High build, photo safe, water based clear coat?

569 days ago by bh442

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

7 568 days ago
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570 days ago by chocked

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

2 568 days ago
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Staining directly after hand-planing?

568 days ago by 12strings

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

7 568 days ago
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minimum temperature question

568 days ago by Don "Dances with Wood" Butler

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

2 568 days ago
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569 days ago by WoodYard

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

5 569 days ago
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Finish for Bare 1.5 "Plywood Edge

570 days ago by Gassit

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

4 569 days ago
View BigMig's profile

How Do You Sign/Mark Your Work?

571 days ago by BigMig

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

14 569 days ago
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How to repair a cracked wood table top surface?

573 days ago by BubTheBuilder

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

4 570 days ago
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Cure time for blo mix

571 days ago by Weatherman

I apologize if this has been posted elsewhere, but I couldn’t find a di...

7 570 days ago

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