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  1. Wood Finishing
    Hello. I used to be in these forums a lot many years ago but got away from woodworking. I'm back to working on projects now. My dilemma is that I am making a cherry "buffet" counter for the dining room. I purchased a turned leg that is very nice, and built a cabinet using cherry plywood, and...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Design & Plans
    Hello everyone! I am planning out a project I'm going to start soon and I want to know how best to order the inlaying and finishing steps. So my project is going to involve staining ash and carving a relief for a crushed opal inlay. Where I run into problems is gluing the inlay. If I glue...
  5. Wood Finishing
    I am new to woodworking...hope to learn lots. I have a slab of red oak which I would like to use to make a crude bench. My standards are not high on this project, rustic and even a little distressed look is fine. But I don't want this. I mixed two Minwax stain colors, which they say you can do...
  6. General Woodworking Discussion
    I have a wood countertop that I'm refinishing. It currently has a dark brown stain and a heavy finish. I'm going to remove that and want to achieve a more natural feel. So what is best to finish a butcher block countertop? I don't like a heavy shine. I see oil and wax options out there, which...
  7. New Member Introductions
    Hi! I am new to this forum and wanted some feedback on an Adirondack chair that I built for my senior project. I used the plans I got from my instructor, and he was there looking over the majority of the process, but I want to see what the woodworking community has to say about this project. I...
  8. General Woodworking Discussion
    N00b here, so apologies for my ignorance - I recently was given access to an 120 year old barn to take as much wood as I'd like. Plan is to use it for an accent wall - I've seen several posts for and against sanding it before assembling. The last thing I want is to lose the texture and color...
  9. Wood Finishing
    I have a small chest that I would like to restore. I has gotten a few scratches and bumps and some kind of solvent has spilled on top of it dissolving the finish. It is just at cheap souvenir but it has sentimental value so I want to put some work into giving it a nice finish. The chest seems...
  10. General Woodworking Discussion
    I recently picked up a poker table at a garage sale. I'm not a big fan of the color as well as the damage to the top of the table either from heat or water. Can anyone tell me if it's possible to remove the stain/damage maybe by sanding and then re-staining? I've never work with wood before so...
  11. 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...
  12. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hello all, Recently I accidentally left a vegetable on this wooden table. It decomposed while I was away for a week or so. After scrubbing the wood, I nearly got all of the mold out, but not quite. I also removed some of the stain. How would you go about restoring this to the original...
  13. Wood Finishing
    Hello. This is my first post on this forum. I like to dabble a little in wood projects, I've only done a few in my 33 years, mainly helping my dad as a kid and teen. Anyway, I got a free 1960's credenza for my home office. It had old stain that I sanded off to just smooth wood. I don't know...
  14. Wood Finishing
    Hey all, made some money with my last project & finally getting an air compressor. 2hp 8.4CFM Napa Air Boss for $500.00 & looking to get a spray gun for speeding up/upgrading my finishing on future projects. I've done a lot of research in the spray gun world & bang for the buck, these Astro...
  15. Wood Finishing
    I could really use some help. We bought an old home, the newest room is 40 years old and has rough cut knotty pine paneling. It's been stained once, but we removed old shelving and now we have large areas without stain and it looks awful. Any suggestions how I go about cleaning the wood (it's...
  16. Wood Finishing
    Hi folks, I'm a novice when it comes to staining cabinets and needed to refinish a drawer on my custom cabinets. Usually I wouldn't have tried to do so but 1) I still have the original stain from when the house was built and 2) the cabinet shop went out of business in the downturn. My problem...
  17. General Woodworking Discussion
    I lost a good friend recently and I am planning on making a 4x4 cross roughly 2.5' by 4' tall. I plan on ordering a plaque with his name and a small saying. I was planning on embedding this into the cross. Do I need to be careful of what stain I use on the wood once the plaque is in place...
  18. Wood Finishing
    I obtained some weathered pieces of cedar wood and have been stripping and sanding them to prepare to use them as interior benches for my kitchen. The image I posted is of what the wood looks like right now. I would love to retain the light color, but don't know if that's possible with a stain...
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