Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'polyurethane'

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Rocking Chair Restoration #3: Wrapping up the undercarriage?

01-17-2022 10:14 PM by Dave Polaschek | 9 comments »

Today was mostly lathe work for the bowl swap and making another bedan for another friend, but I found time to put another coat of poly on the bottom of the runners, and then took an hour to put a coat of finishing cream on everything below the seat. I think that’s a little too streaky, but the legs and stretchers look very good in spots, so I’ve got something to aim for. Tomorrow I’ll set the chair upright and start on the top side, I think. Or maybe my sweetie will take a look at...

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Rocking Chair Restoration #2: Undercarriage work

01-16-2022 09:52 PM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

The past two days have been spent mostly working on the undercarriage of the chair. Two reasons for that. First is that I want to get a few coats of floor polyurethane on the runners, and since that’s oil-based, it’ll take a while to dry. Second is that I can figure out the color we want on the underside of the seat. If experiments don’t work out, well, nobody will know without looking under the chair. The first question was whether we wanted some Lakeview Blue under the Plum on the ch...

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Sewing Cabinet with Inlaid Metal Tile Accents #5: (Adventures in) Finishing

09-06-2021 03:30 PM by Ron Stewart | 0 comments »

My wife wanted a light/whitish finish for the cabinet. Maple is pretty light toned, so my first thought was to use a clear water-based poly finish. When I made the cabinet top, I also made a small test piece. I applied two coats of General Finishes’ High Performance Water Based Polyurethane (flat sheen) to it, and that’s when we ran into our first big problem. In the unfinished sample piece, the solid maple was lighter and brighter than the plywood, which had a darker, pinkish cas...

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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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Repair damage to lacquer finish?

07-12-2019 01:07 PM by WoodshopTherapy | 2 comments »

In this video, I show how to repair a damaged area of a lacquer finish. There’s also a link to a video about how to identify what type of finish is on a piece of furniture Repair a Lacquer Finish – Finish Identification –

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Beginner Wood Finish Recommendations

02-10-2019 01:37 PM by WoodshopTherapy | 0 comments »

When I was a young builder I really struggled with finishing. I decided to help others who might be confused about finishing by putting together a brief video with my recommendations for beginners. What are your thoughts?

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$10 HVLP Sprayer that WORKS!

04-23-2018 02:43 PM by A Slice of Wood Workshop | 2 comments »

I have been playing with spraying projects lately. I like the look of a sprayed finish and enjoy it more. Cans of sprayed finish can be very expensive though over time. I happened to find an HVLP sprayer at the local HF and decided to give it a try. Surprisingly it worked, and well at that. Check out the video and subscribe to see how it works. View on YouTube

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Recording Studio Desk #4: Applying the Finish

10-19-2017 09:22 PM by TrentDavis | 1 comment »

Here’s the next entry in the ongoing project of my recording studio desk. Part 4 is available at

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Rustic Workbench #1: Workbench: Part 6 – Finishing the benchtop

02-10-2017 02:12 PM by TrentDavis | 1 comment »

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Oak Storage Bench #7: Conclusion

03-22-2016 10:49 PM by ThomasLightle | 1 comment »

Thanks to everyone for sticking with me to the end. In this video I cover all the little things that have to happen before I can finish, as well as the finishing process itself. The bench turned out better than expected and my customer was elated. As always, keep the conversation going below. Thanks for watching! View on YouTube Instagram: http://w...

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