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  1. New Member Introductions
    Hey guys, I'm pretty new to woodworking, especially on the furniture side. I got into wood working about a year ago when I built my first plywood drawer cabinet. I then followed up with an ambitious project of rebuilding our 20x26 deck from the footers up. This really got me interested in...
  2. 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...
  3. Wood Finishing
    I'm making a coffee table out of Maple wood . I'm not sure what kind of maple species I have but it's not curly maple . I'm using General Finishes water based dye stain, and the top coat will be General Finishes High Performance water based poly. What grit sanding paper is advisable to sand down...
  4. New Member Introductions
    Hi all, I'm new here and trying to get info on as 'non-toxic' of a finish as possible for the baby co-sleeper and crib (pine) I've just built (first real project). I'm in the Rep. of Georgia and a friend said I could use bee's wax. When searching on youtube, most have been mixed with linseed...
  5. Wood Finishing
    Hi all looking for some advice, I am a beginner and recently tried to apply a satin gloss finish to a coffee table. It was from a spray can, everything was going ok until the spray can started dripping and left drip stains on the table. I then tried to scrub it off with a toothbrush but that...
  6. Wood Finishing
    Hello there! I am new to the forum and I appreciate any words of advice you can pass along. I am liming a tabletop that I have stained ebony. I used a brass brush to open up the grain and sprayed a thin coat of shellac on it after the stain had dried. Then I rubbed on the liming wax. When I...
  7. Wood Finishing
    I just found these capitols that came out of an old tobacco auction house. They are laced with nails that were cut to remove them. I wanted to saw them down but a local guy said there were far to many nails to remove. So I came up with the idea of using them for outdoor benches and I wanted...
  8. Wood Finishing
    I know this is a very blunt question but Ive recently taken over a remodel companies production end of there cabinets and the owner wants to start using a better quality finish. Currently we are using chemcraft for all finishes and stains. Ive been looking into ml campbell it seems like they...
  9. Wood Finishing
    Hi everyone looking for your Help . I am making my island in the kitchen /seating bar out of California redwood live edge slab. I am not a woodworker by any means and have had multiple opinion on how to finish the slab . I would like step by step instructions on how to do this . I have watched...
  10. Wood Finishing
    Anyone recognize these little white devils??? Before I go into too much detail about the procedure, id like to see if anyone knows off the bat without being influenced. Thanks a bunch
  11. Wood Finishing
    I have been making small rolling wooden toy's (most with wheels from a supplier - 1 1/2 in dia. down to 1/2 in.) for my grand kids. All are made from pine, spruce, (white wood ?) etc. purchased from a local building supply store. After reading a few things about the danger of some finishes I...
  12. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hello, so I am a complete noob to woodworking other than just hammering pieces together so I am not sure how to proceed with this. Basically, I make big jenga blocks using 2x3 pieces of regular stud pine wood and sand it with 80grit paper. The problem is that even though I try to smooth it out...
  13. Wood Finishing
    I am looking for a clear or light amber transparent interior wood finish that is tough, abrasion-resistant, and levels out well when applied with a brush. Durability and brushability are most important. I’m interested in what other people are using and why you prefer that product instead of...
  14. Wood Finishing
    Hi all, Still a newbie here and apologise if this question has been dealt with elsewhere. I have searched the subject of various finishes but seem more confused than when I had no information:blink:! I want to build outdoor garden furniture (rustic style) and live in an area of South Africa...
  15. Wood Finishing
    A recent thread here got me thinking about wood finishes because it seems that there are just about as many opinions about various brands as there are woodworkers, and I began to wonder (I seem to do that more as I get older) if I'm missing something. Here's what I'm getting at. As I look...
  16. Wood Finishing
    We spray alot of solvent based finishes(laquer pre cat, conversion varnish ect) and have done so for about four years now (5-6 days a week 3-4 hrs a day). Of course theres ventilation and exhaust in the spray room and 95% of the time a respirator is used. But I was wondering if anyone has...
  17. Wood Finishing
    I bought a 2nd hand cedar chest recently that where the finish was in rough shape and looked like they had attempted to sand it down. I rescued it and now have it sanded down smooth and I'm trying to figure out the best finish for it to make the grain really pop and not to have it too glossy...
  18. Wood Finishing
    "I am building a hope chest out of Scandinavian soft pine. It looks good so far. I have decided to put some trim on the chest and have bought and cut western cedar. My question is, should I polyurethane the chest with one coat before I put the trim on? Or do I put the trim on then polyurethane...
  19. Wood Finishing
    Does any one know if the EcoStain product is still offered for Sale? I used it several years ago on Cherry and it produced a finish equal to or better than what I saw coming out of the furniture industry. It produced a consistant finish even with sapwood present. I would certainly like to get...
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