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  1. Refinished old door looks awful, nothing like I expected!

    General Woodworking Discussion
    I had my interior doors dipped a couple years ago and have been gradually staining them (using gel stain and gel varnish). They don't look perfect, but I think they're really pretty (see first two pics). For my bathroom, the original door was long gone, so I purchased a painted door from a...
  2. Should I be concerned

    Wood Finishing
    Hi, Brand new here. I'm seeking advice from others that know better. I removed the carpet from my stairs. I purchased pre-finished treads and will paint the risers but we want to stain the stair skirt the same as the treads. After removing the carpet you can clearly see, on the lower part...
  3. Refinishing Rough Plywood / Poly Cabinet Doors

    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...
  4. best finish for this table

    Wood Finishing
    I am refinishing a coffee table and am unsure which finish to use. The table top has spaces in-between each pice of wood about a cm deep. I would like to use a finish that will fill those spaces and create a smooth finish for easier cleanup and to prevent crumbs and dust from getting stuck. Any...
  5. First project - restoring faded walnut cabinet

    Wood Finishing
    Hi all I've recently bought a solid Walnut cabinet with the intention of refinishing it as my first woodworking project! Overall in good condition, however the colour has faded slightly. I want to restore the colour and will change the door handles. I am a complete novice and any advice would...
  6. HELP! 70's dining table refinishing - veneer top - a mess!

    Wood Finishing
    First, I'm not a professional and I don't play one on TV. ;) I'm refinishing a dining set for a friend (paid!) and I'm staining the top, painting the rest. I stripped with Citristrip, used an after wash, and started sanding the leaves and that's when I realized the table top is veneer. It's...
  7. Refinishing Damaged Drawer Front to Match

    Wood Finishing
    Yesterday, my dog chewed one of my Ikea Akurum cabinet drawer fronts. Ikea does not sell them any more. I went to the local Ikea and asked about getting one. They had none left in stock. I asked about the 25 year warranty. They said if it failed they would "find" me one. So they'll find one for...
  8. How can I remove deep cut marks from a table top?

    General Woodworking Discussion
    I'm refinishing an oak table that sat in a garage for a while. Unfortunately, while in the garage someone decided to cut some stuff using a razor on top of the table. I have already stripped the old finish off and sanded down the table, but the cut marks are there. I don't want to leave a...
  9. Bubbly areas in polyurethane - Photos attached.

    Wood Finishing
    Hi there, I recently applied the final coat of polyurethane on a tabletop for a customer and wasn't happy with how it came out (lots of brush marks, way too thick application, I should have known better...) so I sanded the whole thing with an orbital sander (220 grit) and reapplied the poly...
  10. Need help with deciding on Poly

    Wood Finishing
    Hello all, In 2007, my husband and I refinished his lovely Pine table. Stained it a beautiful natural color and looks amazing in our dining room. Problem we have been experiencing is, we were very green in our finishing of the table. We asked the "lovely" people of our big box hardware store...
  11. Need help with wood prep

    General Woodworking Discussion
    I run a restaurant that is about 20yrs old. I am wanting to refinish some stained/varnished wood near the cooking area. The wood has a buildup of grease and grime. Very coarse sandpaper just gums up on one swipe. Scrapers dig into the wood. I am obviously not experienced in refinishing wood...
  12. best way to finish large cedar T&G ceiling

    Wood Finishing
    Hello, We are refinishing a large cedar T&G ceiling. We spent the last several weeks sanding the entire thing down to bare wood which was pretty tough, but now it is ready to go. We are trying to figure out what product to put on it. The room gets a lot of sun, so we are worried about products...
  13. Help!!!

    Wood Finishing
    I took on the project of refinishing the hardwood floor at my mom's house. A few years back I had done some wood projects and finishing them always turned out great. So, I thought no big deal... I sanded the floor and got up all the dust. Then, applied the stain. It looked amazing. That's where...
  14. Remove sticky stain with more stain?

    Wood Finishing
    I recently sanded my hardwood oak floors down to bare wood. I applied a first coat of minwax oil based stain, wiping it up with rags after letting it sit for 5 minutes, and let it dry over night. Everything looked great. Applied a second coat in the same fashion the next day, wiping it up as...
  15. Reclaimed cabin log for mantel

    Wood Finishing
    I have an 11' reclaimed cabin log beam that I want to finish for a floating wood mantel. The beam is very weathered and gray and has not been touched at all. I have no idea how to proceed. I am not certain if I want to sand the rough, gray finish down... if so, how to go about doing that...
  16. Butcher Block Restoration

    Wood Finishing
    I am request help and expertise from the group on the restoration of an antique butcher block. It is solid... but as you can see from the photos, it has cracks that have developed over time. Would someone be able to provide me support in how to: 1. refinish the sides and top (Sanding etc) 2...
  17. Ipe Porch

    General Woodworking Discussion
    I have an Ipe porch that is in desperate need of sealing/refinishing ... I have no idea what the best products are, so I could really use some advice from someone who has experience/knowledge in this area. What is a good product to use... that will both provide the best protection, as well...
  18. Refinishing ScanDesign Table

    Wood Finishing
    Recently bought a house. Previous owner left one of the early 80's ScanDesign dining tables behind. It's in perfect shape except for the top. The only damage to the top is from the finish degrading in direct sunlight. The leaves look brand new and would like to match them without...
  19. refinished oak cabinets

    Wood Finishing
    I just had my oak cabinets refinished. The honey color was not matching a new counter top, and I wanted darker color cabinets. The cabinet guy sanded the cabinets. Next, he stained them with Minwax English Chestnut (2 coats). I was pleased with the color, but not happy with the way cabinets were...
  20. To Shellac or Not

    Wood Finishing
    Ok, here's my situation.... I have a ton (!) of awesome wood detail in my home, including molding, pocket doors and mantels. If I was going to live here forever, I'd take my time to restore it the proper way (don't even know what that it is). However, I'm putting the house on the market by...
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