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  1. Veneer sanded through...please help!

    Wood Finishing
    Hi. So I've been working on this mid-century table for a friend who has already paid me to refinish it for a client who is already interested in buying. I have refinished other projects for him before and they have turned out great. I am newer to woodworking, but know the basics. However, I...
  2. HELP! Wood Flooring Stained - and I'm a Renter

    Wood Finishing
    I am hoping someone on this forum may be able to advise me on how to go about removing the stain from my wood flooring. I live in an apartment in NYC and I was testing different methods to clean my outdoor cushions. I lay a tarp down in my living and begin cleaning the cushion with an oxiclean...
  3. Scientific Paper on Restoring Wood Finishes

    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...
  4. Finishing sander is jerking around uncontrollably--why?

    Power Tools & Machinery
    I just replaced the base on my Makita finishing sander after breaking the old one. However, now that I'm trying it again, it seems louder than before, and less subjectively another problem I expected the new base to solve is still present: as soon as I turn it on and place it on the wood, the...
  5. Round Table Mistake NEED HELP

    General Woodworking Discussion
    Hey group, I have a problem where I messed up a calculation and now have to fix my error. I am creating a 54” round table (first one like this) where the outside is a 3” ring with a designed inlay. I created the octagon and cut the circles with my router and a circle cutting jig. However, I...
  6. Durable finish for interior door.

    Wood Finishing
    Hello, What's a good, durable finish for an interior door? I heard good things about Waterlox. Are they any good? I assume natural brushes are best, right? How many covers would you suggest? Thanks. P.S. Specific products would be best.
  7. Confused about staining/finishing on my project

    Wood Finishing
    Ahem, I am working on making a very simple replacement table top for an antique sewing machine. I have used boiled linseed oil for previous projects because a friend who happens to be a woodworking professional told me that it was a really great finish for most woods. I am now attempting to...
  8. Best way to handle sap before finishing

    Wood Finishing
    So I'm still a beginner in my wood working journey, and have used mostly pine boards from the hardware store or old pallet wood for all my projects, until now. I wanted to make a sleek, modern computer desk for my husband, and was ready for some more interesting piece of wood. The plan is for a...
  9. Dying and staining veneer

    Wood Finishing
    I have some Walnut veneered plywood which we need to finish. - see pictures - (so yes, not much ability to sand down) I'm looking to get a finish similar to the one shown in the picture. I've seen this video on finishing walnut which recommends to: 1. Dye the wood 2. Apply Sanding Sealer 3...
  10. Black Walnut Table Finishing

    General Woodworking Discussion
    I am building a black walnut dining table and am bouncing around as to the best way to finish it. I want the dark color to not fade or yellow over time, and I want the top to be durable and able to withstand every day use in a family environment. My current thought is to use Behlen Solar-Lux...
  11. Buying One Spray Gun for Wood Finish

    Wood Finishing
    Hi, I'm looking for recommendations on buying a spray gun. I'm hobbyist and plan to use the gun with 1.5 HP, 5 Gallon tank compressor. I don't mind spending around $300 on a good quality gun that I will keep for ever. As a first project I was going to finish base board with clear coat of oil...
  12. Shellac on Sherwood BAC stain

    Wood Finishing
    This is my first post. I am a DIY with a little experience in woodworking and a little experience in traditional oil stain and varnish, but no real success with polyurethane and such. I appreciate being here. I just finished a big kitchen cabinet project of mahogany, and I do not want to...
  13. What type of sealer to use

    Wood Finishing
    I'm making a dining room table out of doug fir and I'm trying to figure out the best way to protect the wood, if anything. I stained the whole thing first and then painted over it. Normally the paint would be all I would need, however I was going for that distressed, old worn look so I used my...
  14. Project Staining and Finishing

    General Woodworking Discussion
    I made a toybox out of Red Oak, Poplar, and a little Red Oak Veneer Ply. The box it quite large 3'x2'x2' with the main box, three sides framed, and finally oak corners, so there are a lot of edges and corners (I attached a photo. The one with the lid was before it was routed, sanded or molded...
  15. Drying pine slab and how to finish?

    Wood Finishing
    Hi guys, I have recently been given a 12 foot by 22 or 23 inch wide pine slab, I believe its some where between 2 and 4 inches thick ( I have yet to see it, so am not positive on thickness). Cut this past month. I know its going to take a few years to air dry so what are my options on...
  16. Does type of wood matter?

    Wood Finishing
    I really like this type of wood and its finish: Dresser: Dining room table: Questions: 1. Can any old wood furniture (such as oak) be stained to achieve this desired effect? Or is there a special type of wood being used in these pictures? 2. Which type of wood do you...
  17. Gun Stock Color Immitation

    Wood Finishing
    Greetings all, I am new to Woodworking Talk forums and have a question I would like your folk's help with, please. I am interested in creating a gun stock for my little brother and would like to see if I can emulate a version of a HOWA pepper stock coloration. Do any of you have any insight...
  18. "Quick and dirty" ways to improve minor scuffs/water damage?

    Wood Finishing
    Hi all, I'm not much of a woodworker (yet), and recently literally intercepted a few chairs on the way to a landfill. I've re-webbed them with jute and burlap cloth, and send out the cushions for re-upholstering, and now I'm wondering what I can do to help make the wood look a little less...
  19. Crib wood selection recommendations

    Wood Finishing
    Hey folks, I'm making a crib for our inbound new housemate. I have a general design idea in my head, but wanted to some recommendations on the woods. There are two solid end pieces made out of maple (already taken care of). For the sides/railing I'm going to use slats instead of dowels. To...
  20. Buckey Burl Finishing

    Wood Finishing
    Hey Guys! So I am deciding to take on a project and make a slab wood table out of a nice piece of Buckeye Burl. The slab is unfinished and I am having trouble figuring out the best way to go about this. Any help is appreciated and because I am new to all this could you please spell out all...
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