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  1. Wood Finishing
    So I bought a house and it has an outdoor bar that was left unfinished by the previous owner. I asked him about it and he said it has a few coats of polyurethane on it but that's it. This may be a stupid question, but do I need to sand down and remove the polyurethane before I attempt to stain...
  2. Wood Finishing
    I've read about "raising the grain" on cans of various wood finishing products, without really thinking about it. But I think I'm seeing it now, and want to make sure I'm dealing with it appropriately. I'm making a built-in desktop from bigbox-store red oak plywood. I've applied Varathane...
  3. Wood Finishing
    Hi everyone! I've made a 6-ft pine table, and have run into a small issue. I sanded it down, applied stain, and let it dry for 24hrs. Then, I applied 2 layers of wipe-on poly, waited 24 more hours, sanded with 220, and applied another layer. 48 hours later, and the knots on the boards are still...
  4. Wood Finishing
    Hi, I am looking for the best stripping chemical for polyurethane. By the best, I mean the most effective and thorough. Home Depot carries various kinds with different toxicity, reaction time, and prices. I am looking for one that can strip wood to its natural state. Ideally, I would like it...
  5. General Woodworking Discussion
    HI, I have a client who wants walnut butcher block table tops for their restaurant. They want them to be 30”x48”. I am just wanting to know if anyone could give their input on pricing for this with either a polyurethane finish vs an epoxy finish. I do not want to under quote myself. I’m thinking...
  6. General Woodworking Discussion
    I purchased a wood slab a month ago which has a persistent strong odor from the finish. It's not particularly unpleasant, but I'm concerned about the odors off gassing once I bring it in my house. I've tried exposing the wood to a fan for long periods of time, bring it outside in the sun, and...
  7. General Woodworking Discussion
    I am making a small ladder to help my kids climb on the pullup bar in the hallway, so without thinking much I bought a can of Danish oil, but after applying a couple of coats, I am wondering if I still need to apply something like polyurethane or lacquer. The only things I am looking for are...
  8. Wood Finishing
    Hi all. Newbie here. I have 3x IKEA Gerton tabletops that I need help finishing. They are made from solid beech. I'm attaching a photo that illustrates what it looks like out-of-box. I like the color, just need to protect it with a varnish. I've selected a matte water-based varnish that I'd...
  9. Wood Finishing
    Hi, I'm getting ready to finish a countertop project and need some advice. It's juniper, unstained, and I'll be using several coats of water-based polyurethane satin finish. But being juniper, there are lots of little knot-holes, depressions, cracks, etc. that need filling... but I still want to...
  10. Wood Finishing
    My thanks to all of you for your help with us DIYers. I am currently having a problem with finding the best way to remove the polyurethane from a couple of stair steps and the lightening of the shade of one of the stained step. The poly is Dura Seal water based – matte. The steps were...
  11. 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...
  12. Wood Finishing
    It was my understanding that when applying oil-based polyurethane finish, I should dip the brush in mineral spirits beforehand to keep it from getting stiff and loaded with the poly. It is working for this purpose, but the problem is when I start applying the poly, the first several square feet...
  13. General Woodworking Discussion
    I put 3 coats of spar on a wooden table. Unfortunately, there was a lot of dust particles on it as can bee seen on the lower piece in the attached image. So after doing some research I sanded it down with 400 grit sand paper. I did this by hand and tried to be careful not to take too much off...
  14. Wood Finishing
    Hello friends.......I have a 36" round , wood table top that I have applied oil based Minwax stain on and I'am applying Oil Based Minwax fast drying Polyurethane , clear semi-gloss on for the top coat. I am using a 4 inch foam applicator to brush on the polyurethane. I have now applied 3 coats...
  15. New Member Introductions
    Hello to the WWT Community, I've been looking for a discussion board where I can find advice on some beginner projects which I'm planning to undertake as part of me finishing a home renovation. Very excited about this site! I'm also on Homebrewtalk.com. The crew who we worked with for our...
  16. Wood Finishing
    Hi everyone, I have a question regarding pure Tung oil from realmilkpaint.com, not a tung oil finish/varnish. I applied a mixture of 50:50 Tung oil/citrus oil with a long soak, and then a 2:1 mix in two coats to a white cedar cabinet. Each 2:1 coat 12-24 hours between each other (short I know)...
  17. General Woodworking Discussion
    I recently resurfaced our red oak wood floors, sanding off the old coating first with a rented barrel sander and then smoothing it out with a higher grit rotary floor sander (the heavy rented ones). I then stained it with a redwood finish and let it cure for 4 days. It was completely dry at...
  18. Wood Finishing
    So i built a coffee table from unfinished wooden crates. now i want to stain it black because black matches everything lol ive stained before, and ive done poly before. But it was always as a job where they say use this and go. so now i need to choose myself and i dont know. i see there is...
  19. Wood Finishing
    Ive done three layers of minwax oil based polyurethane, 24 hours between coats, lights sanding with 400 grit. My third coat was done 48 hours ago and it was meant to be my final but Im worried about its durability. I can easily depress the finish with my finger nail. Its not a hard wood, maybe...
  20. General Woodworking Discussion
    I am finishing my walnut tabletop and benches with polyurethane. I have sprayed on 3 coats, sanding between each coat. The benches look great. However, the sheen on the 3rd coat of the tabletop was not even. Some areas were satin (what I wanted) and other areas were glossy. I sanded it again and...
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