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  1. Wood Finishing
    Hello all, im here for my first wood project, and while I could have bought this mostly done, id rather build it myself. I was told in my intro thread that this is cool here as it is "a handle for a tool" this is for a birch rifle stock im cleaning, modifying, and staining. I am completely new...
  2. 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...
  3. Wood Finishing
    I have been researching way too much how to stain maples. I like dark finishes. Dark finishes that are deep and have grain patterns that catch my eye as i move around the piece. I have some soft maple that I have made two desks out of, I have been trying many things and found nothing I like...
  4. General Woodworking Discussion
    Beginner here - moved into home with sign post in front. I want to restore and stain a natural color. Post is made of PT lumber and secured in soil, not concrete. Was told the post needs holes in it to breathe because it is absorbing moisture from ground. It has holes in it. Can I fill...
  5. Wood Finishing
    I'm a novice woodworker (calling me a woodworker at all is generous - I've made a few pieces of furniture out of cheap pine inside my Seattle apartment), and I decided to try something a bit adventurous for my latest piece, but it didn't go quite as planned. My question is this: What is the...
  6. 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...
  7. Wood Finishing
    I am making a dining table and need to fill the holes left by the nailgun. I used the nailgun on the top part of the table which is a pre sanded MDF plywood. I tried using Elmer's stainable wood filler on a scrap mdf but you can see the areas that the wood filler filled. The areas around the...
  8. Wood Finishing
    I am building a coffee table about of barnwood and pallets. The barnwood I am going to do a clear water base coat on but I am trying to figure out what to do with the pallet base. I would like to use a darker stain but there is some cool lettering on the pallets that I don't want to loose by...
  9. Wood Finishing
    I'm new to staining and wood projects, but jumped at the opportunity to purchase an unfinished dining room table for my family and get a bit of DIY experience under my belt. My mother-in-law came to visit and helped with staining the table and chairs as she reported having a lot of experience...
  10. Wood Finishing
    Hey guys and gals. I'm making a bookshelf out of sanded pine plywood and I wanted to stain, and polyurethane it. I've never done either. I've seen lots of videos on it. What do you recommend for applying the stain? Rag? Or brush? If brush, what type?
  11. Wood Finishing
    I'll try a do several of these on basic techniques to help some of the beginners. Spraying Dye Stain
  12. Design & Plans
    Hey guys, I need some help with a kitchen nook/ day bed for my house boat. I have drawn up some plans to make a two bench/table kitchen nook for my boat where the table would detach and fit into slots on the benches to form a level, flush platform. I could then use bench cushions as a mattress...
  13. Wood Finishing
    I recently acquired an aproximately 20 year old guitar with a maple neck. Unfortunately, the previous owner stated he had applied boiled linseed oil aproximately 6 years ago and aroun 6 months ago as well. The result would be what I consider a less than desirable appearance. Compleste...
  14. Wood Finishing
    I am so frustrated! I had some stain mixed up by a pro the other day. I think it looks really good and matches the other stain in the house well. :thumbsup: The gentleman and the stain shop showed me how to apply the stain with a brush, wait until it starts to lose its sheen, and dry brush...
  15. Wood Finishing
    On the suggestion of some of you nice people here, I bought some cabinet-grade plywood from a lumber yard for my desk project (and yes, it is light-years better than the sheathing I was trying to work with). According to my invoice, all the plywood I bought should be the same grade of FIR...
  16. Wood Finishing
    Has anyone ever seen grain enhancement like this before (specifically the orange/yellow looking one)? I know the technique has to do with exploiting the different absorbencies of the wood grain but I am not sure how this is actually done. Can anyone point me in the right direction??
  17. Wood Finishing
    Good morning everyone, I recently stained a counter-top I made out of maple planks. I sanded up from 80 to 100 to 150 to 320 and used water-based, Minwax "America Walnut" stain. I applied the stain with a brush, two feet over two planks at a time, let the stain sit for only a few moments and...
  18. Wood Finishing
    multiple dilemmas....original 'cellulose' (manufacturer's info) finish flaked off 3" up legs of (15) chairs. Not possible or practical to refinish due to fancy upholstered seats and leather webbing across back rest with finish showing through and huge time restraint. Need to patch. living on...
  19. Wood Finishing
    We're prepping to stain mountains of hemlock for trim. Because our house is built to passive standard (read: air tight) we intended to use water-based stain. After applying the pre-stain conditioner strictly according to the directions on the can and Minwax website, we applied the stain — again...
  20. General Woodworking Discussion
    This is my first post! Ive been wanting to achieve this desired look (picture below). Ive tried walnut water based stain, shoe polish, etc and they all look good dont get me wrong but not perfect. They always look stained instead of worn over time. I dont know if this look is achieved...
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