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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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Best finish for a toboggan?

12-23-2012 05:51 AM by hubcap

I have a wood toboggan I bought new a while ago. It isn’t a real expen...

5 12-23-2012 11:23 PM
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The quickest way to a flawless paint finish on mdf, what works for you?

12-22-2012 11:19 PM by 404 - Not Found

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

10 12-23-2012 09:41 PM
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Finishing Cherry

12-22-2012 03:41 AM by RussellAP

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

24 12-23-2012 04:45 AM
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What is your favorite, off-the-shelf walnut stain?

12-21-2012 02:02 PM by Millo

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

5 12-22-2012 11:26 PM
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If it's not one thing it's another (wiping varnish poly issues, some pics)

12-22-2012 01:40 PM by Millo

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

5 12-22-2012 08:05 PM
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Sealing Knots

12-20-2012 07:51 PM by LearningAsIGo

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

9 12-22-2012 12:25 PM
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Howard Butcher Block Conditioner?

12-21-2012 08:01 PM by ChesapeakeBob

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

3 12-21-2012 09:45 PM
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white areas on the crossgrain

12-20-2012 05:31 PM by yrob

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

13 12-21-2012 04:53 PM
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Cutting Board Oozing Mineral Oil

12-21-2012 01:45 AM by harriw

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

4 12-21-2012 05:48 AM
View BenI's profile

Help with Wipe-on poly on rosewood

12-21-2012 01:18 AM by BenI

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

3 12-21-2012 02:30 AM
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Finishing cutting boards for restaurant use.

12-18-2012 05:53 AM by JoshuaJCox

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

6 12-19-2012 07:18 PM
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I would like Oak to look very dark

12-18-2012 04:05 PM by moke

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

31 12-19-2012 01:46 PM
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Remove water rings from finished furniture

12-18-2012 08:40 PM by Handtooler

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

12 12-19-2012 08:08 AM
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High build, photo safe, water based clear coat?

12-18-2012 02:56 AM by bh442

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

7 12-19-2012 01:24 AM
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12-16-2012 07:30 PM by chocked

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

2 12-19-2012 01:07 AM
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Staining directly after hand-planing?

12-18-2012 05:09 PM by 12strings

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

7 12-19-2012 12:31 AM
View Don "Dances with Wood" Butler's profile

minimum temperature question

12-18-2012 06:07 PM by Don "Dances with Wood" Butler

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

2 12-18-2012 06:50 PM
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12-18-2012 12:56 AM by WoodYard

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

5 12-18-2012 03:32 AM
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Finish for Bare 1.5 "Plywood Edge

12-16-2012 06:38 PM by Gassit

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

4 12-18-2012 03:22 AM
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How Do You Sign/Mark Your Work?

12-16-2012 02:11 AM by BigMig

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

14 12-17-2012 02:24 PM

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