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Drop Leaf Table #11: A Cowardly Finish

01-17-2020 05:51 PM by Tom | 4 comments »

I am pretty wimpy when it comes to finishing my projects. It stems from a total lack of knowledge and experience. In the past, I have used oil based stains, brush on polyurethane, oils, shellac, etc. Some woods do not take oil based stain very well. I did a cabinet in maple which took me a long time to build using my hand tool methods. I tried to stain it to match another piece and it was a blotchy mess. I had to rework the finish for days to get a decent look. Staining poplar has also...

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Wood Finishing #1: Varnish vs Polyurethane

09-20-2019 03:48 PM by John Smith | 3 comments »

Varnish vs. Polyurethane Before we dig into the details, let’s talk about why we need different finishes for outdoor applications. Any wood that is used outside is going to be exposed to a wide range of climate conditions, as well as a good dose of damaging UV rays. These elements serve to break down the finish over time. Furthermore, changes in humidity cause the wood to expand and contract, and a standard indoor finish (such as polyurethane) would simply crack and deteriorate under these...

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Finishing #3: Reference Books

05-29-2019 04:46 PM by OSU55 | 3 comments »

I consider the finish 50% of a project. I continually read/hear woodworkers who are disappointed in the finished look or who are afraid to try color (dye/stain) on a project. Finishing is a learned skill, just like operating various power tools, using hand tools, making/fitting various joint types, proper design, material selection. etc. As such, time and effort need to be expended to gain the knowledge and physical skills to impart a beautiful finish to a project. What if you spent as muc...

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Maple and Cherry Box #8: 'Crossing the Finish Line'

01-22-2017 07:31 PM by Cheapguy82 | 1 comment »

This was my first time using tung oil. I watched a couple videos on youtube about it just to be sure that I wasn’t going to mess something up after reading the instructions on the can. It was really easy and I really like the results a heck of a lot. I waited 48 hours to do anything with it. After that, I suppose that the wood expanded a bit from absorbing the oil. Maybe I’m imagining things, though, but I had to do some sanding on the lid in order to have the lid fit like it did before I ...

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Finishing #2: BLO, Danish Oil, Tung Oil, Poly

03-26-2016 05:41 PM by OSU55 | 7 comments »

Lots of questions come up concerning various “oil” and poly finishing mixtures and methods. Some of the “oil” products: Watco danish oil, deft danish oil, Minwax tung oil (actually urethane wiping varnish), Minwax Antique oil, actual tung oil. Below are links to two articles by Bob Flexner that provide a great deal of information on the subject. The first is from 2008, the second from 2011. http://www.popularwoodworking.com/techniques/finishing/the_basics_of_wiping_varnish2htt...

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Glue #1: Problems with glue adhering

12-21-2014 02:52 AM by WildWoodMan | 6 comments »

The wood is Cherry. {blk} (Jordan Creek area) Lehigh Co. /just put in shower an sprayed with hot water. then wrapped towels with bleach water. I used Dick Blick (Black Cat) {waterproof [yea right] India Ink}For the Black part of the Wild Walkin StickinThe wood is Popular which grew like Vine. Found near Wooded area of Little Lehigh Creek {Lehigh Co.} For the other part. I First cut the section I wanted to use, then striped the bark off/ sanded,then wrapped it around the way I wanted...

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New-er woodworker and need finishing help

04-03-2013 03:27 PM by WoodyMark | 11 comments »

Ok, so I know that finishing is an art all in itself. Finishing takes a lot of time and patience for beginners, but it seems that once you get it, you got it! I am struggling pretty badly with a Cherry Top entryway table that I am making my wife. The table started one Saturday as a ‘nothing special’ just needing a place to put a lamp type of project. My wife bought some curvy legs (the type with balls at the bottom of the feet) at Lowes one day because they were on clearanc...

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Machinist Toolbox #8: Not Yet Finished, but It's Finished

12-25-2010 06:36 AM by PurpLev | 21 comments »

I mentioned it in the previous post and as I was working on the drawers I had the main carcass take the finish to make use of time. Mahogany much like Oak has large open pores. My finishing goal was more for practice than necessity, but I was aiming for an antique polished look – shiny outside. I knew I would have to fill in those pores if I want an even polished surface. So my plan was to start with a filler coat which I tried to concoct using dewaxed shellac and mahogany sanding sa...

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Applying a Varnish

10-23-2008 07:55 PM by Olaf Gradin | 2 comments »

In the process of refinishing my dining room table, I’ve learned that I am not very good at brush-on finishes. I should have known, as I hate painting too. The table itself wasn’t an indicator as it was actually pretty easy. A broad, flat surface; it’s hard to screw that up. However, after it dried, I did notice that I had a small hair or two stuck in the finish. Blast! The real hard part, however, was the legs. They’re fairly complex, though largely broad and f...

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Recommended *Clear* Poly finish?

05-14-2008 03:18 AM by firetowerfp | 8 comments »

Hey Guys- I’m finishing up a Hard Maple table I built and am looking for the right finish for it. Finishing was never my best talent, especially on the lighter woods like Maple. I’ve got a coat of sanding sealer on already, and am looking to put on two or three top coats that won’t yellow over time (I just hate the look of yellowed wood). What would you all recommend for a relatively clear, non-yellowing finish? I’ve got a bottle of Formby’s Tung Oil finish that ...

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