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  1. 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...
  2. Wood Finishing
    Hi, I am new to the forum so hello! I am attempting to finish a black walnut live edge slap for a coffee table. After reading Bob Flexner's Understanding Wood Finishing and reading online forums on walnut finishing, I came to the conclusion that amber or garnet shellac looks great on walnut...
  3. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hi All - Hoping someone can guide me here. I have been reading forums for the past few days and am beyond confused on what kind of finish to use on my my wood project - I think it's Cedar, but it's not the Eastern Red Cedar, Picture below. I'm making a table/bar and I never realized how many...
  4. Wood Finishing
    Hello. My husband built a bed for my son using pine. I have been working on staining it and finishing it. I applied 2 coats of Minwax oil-based stain in Jacobean and layered it with 2 coats of the same kind of stain in Classic Gray. I was really happy with how it looked at this point. Next I...
  5. Wood Finishing
    Hello, I have a wood carver and have been making jewellery from dried oak wooden branches that have fallen from trees. The finger rings I am making seem to be brittle and not so hard (I can crush them in between my fingers if I try) I Bought a tin of Ronseal clear satin varnish as I don't...
  6. Wood Finishing
    Hi all, I am a total novice and hobbyist looking for some help. I have made a few almost straight pieces of furniture. I have used oak and/or pine depending on the piece. I stained them with oil based stain. Now... to seal/protect them... I have been using basic polyurethane varnish, usually...
  7. Wood Finishing
    Hi all! I am new to the forum, and fairly new (and self-taught/trial by error) to DIY building and crafty things. So here's my dilemma: I am building a coffee table for my patio and want it to be fairly waterproof in case of rain, sprinklers, cold drinks on a hot day, etc. The table top...
  8. Wood Finishing
    Hi all, I built a couple outdoor cedar planters and would like opinions on the best way to finish them. I would like the color of the wood to be enhanced and I would like some protection from sunlight. I merely just want to finish the outside of the planter, not the inside. I was looking at...
  9. Wood Finishing
    Hello everybody! I'm new here and I need some help with finishing :) I will hopefully soon have to finish an all rosewood guitar neck and since I haven't done anything like that before (I don't have any experience in finishing - or building guitars for that matter :P ) I am a bit confused. My...
  10. Wood Finishing
    Hello I am re-finishing the interior of a 17 year old boat, all brazilian mahogany, below is my interior varnish system, any critiques, comments, ideas are deeply appreciated (no ego here, I want to learn). My limitations are the obvious ones, large spaces, drying time, cost, humidity…etc. I...
  11. Wood Finishing
    Ok here is my dilemma, I built a beautiful Coffee container out of Kentucky coffee wood to store coffee beans for my wife who is known as the local "coffee officianatto". (ok enough about "coffee" already) My problem is I wanted to seal the inside good to hold the coffee flavor in so I used...
  12. Wood Finishing
    A recent thread here got me thinking about wood finishes because it seems that there are just about as many opinions about various brands as there are woodworkers, and I began to wonder (I seem to do that more as I get older) if I'm missing something. Here's what I'm getting at. As I look...
  13. Wood Finishing
    Hi all, Two years ago I added a second floor to our home. The contractor finished the stairs, but my handrails, posts, and balusters were left for me to finish. Now two years later, it's time for me to get this job completed! I plan to paint the balusters white, while finishing the handrails...
  14. Wood Finishing
    I recently made some solid maple end tables for my mother in law and I'm wondering how to go about finishing them. I'm not planing on staining them at all but am wondering......... 1. Do I need to treat the wood with a conditioner or something beforehand? 2. What would be that best type of...
  15. Wood Finishing
    Hello All. I'm new to this forum and a novice woodworker. I do have several projects under my belt and they have all been in solid red oak. While I'm happy with the way they turned out; they are not exceptional finishes. The project I'm asking advice on is a crib/day bed/twin bed I am...
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