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My name is Rex and I am out of Southeastern Washington State. I am just getting into wood working with a basic setup of hand and power tools.

I found this forum while trying to figure some issues with my wood finishes.

Right now I am mainly making cutting boards, candle holders and other items around the house for my wife. I haven't had any luck with joints yet so I haven't expanded my work to other items.

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My name is Rex and I am out of Southeastern Washington State. I am just getting into wood working with a basic setup of hand and power tools.

I found this forum while trying to figure some issues with my wood finishes.

Right now I am mainly making cutting boards, candle holders and other items around the house for my wife. I haven't had any luck with joints yet so I haven't expanded my work to other items.

Rex

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Welcome to the club.

A lot of people have trouble with finishing. You could save yourself a lot of grief by purchasing a cheap harbor freight sprayer. I use the 97855 sprayer I get for about twenty bucks with a coupon. It will spray wood finishes fine. With a sprayer a lot of projects could be finished with lacquer. It's quick and easy and very forgiving. Something goes wrong you don't have to wait days for the finish to fully harden to fix it, it normally dries in an hour even in cool weather. A lot of other finishes can take up to a week to dry if the weather is below 50 degrees but lacquer could be used below freezing. The only draw back is lacquer can't be used when the humidity is above 70%.

What ever finish you use be sure to try the stain and finish on scrap wood first to see how it goes before using it on a project. If there is a problem on the scrap you can just trash it and try another piece of scrap until you find out what the problem was.
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Welcome to the club.

A lot of people have trouble with finishing. You could save yourself a lot of grief by purchasing a cheap harbor freight sprayer. I use the 97855 sprayer I get for about twenty bucks with a coupon. It will spray wood finishes fine. With a sprayer a lot of projects could be finished with lacquer. It's quick and easy and very forgiving. Something goes wrong you don't have to wait days for the finish to fully harden to fix it, it normally dries in an hour even in cool weather. A lot of other finishes can take up to a week to dry if the weather is below 50 degrees but lacquer could be used below freezing. The only draw back is lacquer can't be used when the humidity is above 70%.

What ever finish you use be sure to try the stain and finish on scrap wood first to see how it goes before using it on a project. If there is a problem on the scrap you can just trash it and try another piece of scrap until you find out what the problem was.
Thanks, I have been thinking about a harbor freight sprayer, I have one for automotive paint right now but may be in the market for another one.

I'm gonna look around the wood finishes forum and may start a thread there for the problems I'm having.

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Thanks, I have been thinking about a harbor freight sprayer, I have one for automotive paint right now but may be in the market for another one.

I'm gonna look around the wood finishes forum and may start a thread there for the problems I'm having.

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Depending on the tip size in your automotive sprayer you should be able to use most wood finishes. Certainly lacquers could be sprayed with it. It's just some other finishes that are thicker.
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