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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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Shellac splotchy due to grain?

03-04-2016 11:25 PM by Dave11

Pic is of a door from 1951. Was originally stained and then I believe varnish...

2 03-05-2016 01:41 PM
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I think I screwed up... Spar Urethane on an outdoor table

11-09-2015 01:33 PM by GregTP

hello all, I think I might have screwed up. Working on an outdoor table for m...

32 03-05-2016 12:16 PM
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White spots on end grain cutting board

02-29-2016 04:59 AM by PoleVault

So, I recently completed some walnut end grain cutting boards and I don’...

4 03-05-2016 06:28 AM
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Question about using two different brands of poly

03-04-2016 01:05 PM by Chuck1685

Hello all. I need some desperate help asap. I recently finished a kitchen tab...

6 03-04-2016 06:21 PM
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Wooden watch finish

03-04-2016 01:35 PM by Noremak

Hey guys. I’ve never finished with anything other than poly or ...

6 03-04-2016 05:41 PM
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Finish for portable communion kit

10-27-2015 04:14 PM by Quoheleth

I would like some suggestions or thoughts on the best finish for some small, ...

1 03-04-2016 12:57 AM
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Titebond 3 drying black

03-01-2016 03:47 AM by DirtyMike

I know this has been discussed many times so please be patient. Tonight whil...

1 03-04-2016 12:49 AM
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What finish is suitable for wood where I can wipe it with a damp cloth?

03-01-2016 02:00 PM by InstantSiv

My shop is in the basement and I want to keep it as clean as possible so dust...

5 03-02-2016 01:55 PM
View Somann's profile

Recommend me a good economical ($100 or less) HVLP gun for Laquer.

03-01-2016 04:45 PM by Somann

Will be spraying some lacquer on some new cabinets, and not sure I want to ri...

3 03-02-2016 01:48 AM
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How to "age" pressure treated lumber?

03-01-2016 12:48 AM by namrufmot

Making an antique wheelbarrow out of pressure treated…I’d love it...

9 03-01-2016 12:48 PM
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Finishing cutting boards

02-28-2016 11:17 PM by Mayflycarpentry

I have made several cutting boards, both end grain and face grain boards. I h...

9 02-29-2016 08:34 PM
View Saucerito's profile

Getting Rid of Oil on Oak

02-27-2016 10:05 PM by Saucerito

Hi, I recently finished staining a red oak table top. Oddly it came out li...

7 02-29-2016 07:11 PM
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Exterior Finish

02-28-2016 02:57 AM by Gerald Thompson

My friend has a new hot tub with pinewood steps. He wants to keep them as nat...

3 02-29-2016 01:13 AM
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How to keep the color?

02-22-2016 12:19 AM by becikeja

Please see the attached picture.Both of these pieces are from the same Ma...

12 02-28-2016 10:02 PM
View JoshuaS's profile

Danish oil on maple/walnut project

02-27-2016 03:18 PM by JoshuaS

My project is to build and finish small speaker cabinets made with solid waln...

4 02-27-2016 03:53 PM
View trc's profile

How to Lighten up Walnut Watco Oil Finish

08-11-2015 03:50 AM by trc

Two days ago I put a Walnut Watco Oil on a new knotty alder door. Prior to a...

4 02-27-2016 12:49 PM
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Finishing end grain on a bowl turned on teh Ring Master Lathe

02-26-2016 10:04 PM by Glenn Huovinen

On my Ring Master bowls and vases I get beautiful finishes using the Shelwax ...

1 02-27-2016 01:10 AM
View Jimothy's profile

Why epoxy as a wood finish if it's corrosive?

02-24-2016 10:19 AM by Jimothy

Corrosive properties and wood combined doesn’t make much sense in my he...

10 02-25-2016 08:10 PM
View illusioneer's profile

Balance between top and underside

02-22-2016 01:32 PM by illusioneer

I am making two 12’ cherry countertops. I know treating the top side an...

7 02-24-2016 10:46 PM
View Rob 's profile

How to clamp a finished surface without damage?

02-22-2016 09:44 PM by Rob

I’ve been making crokinole boards and I’ve ruined some finished d...

6 02-23-2016 06:36 PM

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