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  1. Wood Finishing
    I have a beautiful small piece of sassafras off cut from a mill. I want to make a long narrow cheese and cracker tray for a gift but read that sassafras oil is weakly carcinogenic. So a penetrating oil is out. I need a hard finish that’s food safe. Thinking of shellac, Tried and True, or...
  2. General Woodworking Discussion
    I have 2 floating shelves I’m making and this wood has tear out throughout it. There is random tears throughout and you can even see it on the end grain. Because of this I don’t want to cut it down more, it would also make the shelves shallower. I thought about epoxying this to keep it square...
  3. Wood Finishing
    Hi Guys, I have a problem I have been coming across twice now: I have finished my second butchers block, made from maple, walnut and cherry, which I sanded down starting with 80 grit all the way up to 240. Before applying the finish (cold pressed linseed oil) it all looks great, the colour...
  4. Wood Finishing
    Well, the job was so close to being completed. And then I messed up the finish. What happened was that I applied finish to one side and then let it sit too long. Something came up and it ended up sitting for a good bit. When I came back over I wiped off the finish and flipped over to start the...
  5. Joinery
    I’m re-doing an old wooden desk, and in one section, this finish came off with the paint stripper. It’s gone now so I’m going to have to take it off everywhere. But I’m lost as to what it is. Opposite grain direction and is super hard to get off. The wood underneath is hard and smooth but...
  6. Wood Finishing
    My husband and I have taken on building a bar. And are quite amateurs. We’re fine with imperfection but are trying our best. After much research I’m stuck. We stained our wood, then applied Zinsser seal coat. We plan on epoxying the top and added seal coat since we used an oil based stain(oops)...
  7. Wood Finishing
    I Applied about 6 coats of wipe on polyurethane finish to a desktop I'm finishing. Unfortunately the finish itself isnt as hard as I would like it to be. I was able to make visible indents with my fingernail. Is it possible to apply an wipe on epoxy over the poly? Or is there a better...
  8. Wood Finishing
    Hi folks new to this. I am upgrading my desk to an electric stand up desk. I have the electric frame and have been looking for a top to bolt on. I wanted something a bit different and was able to latch onto this old desk on a Facebook auction site. The wood is really amazing. Not sure but I...
  9. Wood Finishing
    I have a veneer top nightstand with what looks like a rich mahogany color and satin finish (deep brown with red and amber hues). When I purchased it, there was a stain on top from something that had spilled (guessing acetone or the likes). After working on a few other projects involving...
  10. Wood Finishing
    Hello, I am building a coffee table with a nice Peruvian walnut slab. Being that this species of wood is quite dark, what do you guys think is the best way to finish and to not lose out on its natural beauty. The two products I am looking at is Osmo Polyx-Oil – 3043 Clear Satin or Rubio...
  11. Wood Finishing
    Hi my name is Jake and I'm new to the forums. I have an engineered wood table top in espresso finish that has a deep scratch. The table is for a height-adjustable computer desk (to the extent that it matters). I have attached photos of the scratch here. I would rather try to fix it than return...
  12. Wood Finishing
    Hey, new here, not new to woodworking. I've made some furniture and have average hobbyist skills. I want to make a draining tea tray like the one pictured. Mine will probably look different, but this is just to show you what I'm talking about. The idea is that making tea with certain pots can...
  13. Wood Finishing
    Hey everyone, and Happy New Year! (almost) Novice woodworker here. For Christmas this year, I made my brother an engraved and painted sign out of pine wood. I was generally happy with how it came out, but had a few issues with paint bleeding through the grain of the wood. I'll describe my...
  14. Wood Finishing
    Hi all. I acquired a Vietnam-era Chinese SKS. Manufactured at the famed Jianshe Arsenal #26. I managed to score this rifle for $220. Sadly, the rifle stock was in quite bad condition. I decided to restore it. I need some advice! It had a couple cracks, and was in pretty bad shape: First, I...
  15. Wood Finishing
    Hi, I am new to the forum so hello! I am attempting to finish a black walnut live edge slap for a coffee table. After reading Bob Flexner's Understanding Wood Finishing and reading online forums on walnut finishing, I came to the conclusion that amber or garnet shellac looks great on walnut...
  16. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hello Everyone - I'm preparing to apply a bar top epoxy as the final finish for a slab of wood I've been working on. I purchased EnviroTex Lite and have been reading the directions and have spoken to the company directly regarding application. There is a lot of informaiton on the flood coat...
  17. Wood Finishing
    I was doing some internet research and found this webpage, titled "Preserving and Restoring Furniture Coatings" from the Museum Conservation Institute at the Smithsonian: https://www.si.edu/mci/english/learn_more/taking_care/coatings.html This is an incredibly detailed, thorough review of...
  18. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hi All - Hoping someone can guide me here. I have been reading forums for the past few days and am beyond confused on what kind of finish to use on my my wood project - I think it's Cedar, but it's not the Eastern Red Cedar, Picture below. I'm making a table/bar and I never realized how many...
  19. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hello - I'm working on finishing a bar top and am searching for a bar top epoxy to use for the finish; I see a bunch on Amazon for sale, but not sure if they're any good. My original plan was to use a MinWax stain and the MinWax Fast Drying Polyeurthane, but after doing some reading I'm now...
  20. Wood Finishing
    Hey Guys, I'm having an issue with ridges forming along my joinery lines after I have completed a glued up table top. My boards are square edged and glued up flat with no filling. These ridges form between a month or 2 months after I have completely finished the project. So I end with a...
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