Finishing

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  • Gluing Veneer: No Paper Back

    A special cut of veneer can turn a project from ordinary to extraordinary, but you get the cool look that you are after, you will have to learn how to attach veneer to a substrate. Many woodworkers are intimidating by the idea of gluing veneer themselves. They have concerns that special tools and glues will

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  • Finishing 2 Faces Made Easy

    When it comes to finishing projects, there can be challenges. Let’s do everything we can to eliminate challenges, and make finishing as simple as possible. Here’s a trick that will help your finishing move along a little faster; finishing both faces of a project in one go. I have to say that for a lot

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  • Using Mineral Spirits to Show Wood Grain

    It’s a magic moment…when finish hits your project for the first time and the grain starts to pop, glow, show you just what you’re going to get, it’s soooo cool. Here’s the problem. As you build your project or, even more importantly, as you select your material, you may have a hard time knowing how

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  • Spraying Latex Paint with HVLP Gun

    If you don’t enjoy brushing on latex paint, or if you are not able to achieve the level of quality in your painting that you’d like, then you should try spraying latex paint with HVLP equipment. Many people who are proficient at spraying clear finishes such as lacquer, poly, shellac, etc., are surprised to learn

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  • Torching Wood

    Everything old becomes new again! For instance, using a propane torch to char the surface of a piece of wood, changing its color. Torching wood is something that has been around for a really long time. It’s an interesting way to change a wood’s color without using stain or dye. Making it happen Torching wood

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  • Tips to Sanding Irregular Surfaces

    As much as everyone seems to dislike the sanding phase of a woodworking project, all sanding is not created equal. When we are sanding on flat surfaces such as a table top, at least we can use a belt sander, sheet sander or random orbital sander to power though the process. Sanding irregular surfaces such

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  • How to Weather Wood

    Have you ever wondered how to weather wood? Sometimes a project calls for a weathered look that just cannot be created with new wood and conventional finishing products because our typical finishing approaches render a look that is, well, just too new. Sure, you can sometimes find weathered wood for sale that has been salvaged

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  • Making Homemade Wood Stain

    There are many ways to color wood, with the most common approaches being the use of commercially available wood stains and dyes. Over the years WWGOA has provided you with tons of tips for choosing the best wood stain, and has even demonstrated the making wood stain from plants. But now George has discovered a

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  • Mineral Oil on Wood

    Simple Trick for Dispensing Mineral Oil on Wood

    Why put mineral oil on wood? The biggest reason is that it’s an excellent food-safe finish. For many woodworkers, mineral oil is the go-to sealer for cutting boards and wooden kitchen utensils; anything that may come in contact with food. It’s so easy to apply, easy to get (any pharmacy will have it, or you

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  • Great Finish Tips Using an HVLP Sprayer

    Have you ever tried to spray latex paint through an HVLP sprayer? If so, were you happy with the surface finish that you were able to achieve by using the paint directly out of the can? It can be humbling and downright frustrating to say the least. The HVLP sprayer struggles to fully atomize the

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10 Responses to “Finishing”
  1. jungy123

    Is there a way to get stain to penetrate all the way through small strips of wood? I want to turn a segmented bowl and need the stain fairly consistent throughout.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello. I’ve never attempted this, but if you soak the wood in the stain overnight it might penetrate all the way through. You also might be able to accelerate this by applying vacuum pressure to a sealed bag. https://amzn.to/2ybUmTy
      Thanks
      Paul-WWGOA

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    • Customer Service

      Hello. Thanks for your question. Can you explain what you are wanting to accomplish?
      Thanks
      Paul-WWGOA

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  2. iansshop

    I accidentally applied Danish oil on a cutting board, what is the best way to remove it so I can apply a food safe oil?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello. I don’t know of any way to do this. What I would do is this:
      – Scrub it vigorously with dish soap and hot water now, removing any traces of Danish Oil from the surface- Let it sit 40 – 50 days- Scrub again as in step one, in case any Danish Oil seeped to the surface. – Let it dry.- Apply a couple coats of butcher block conditioner, or whatever finish you want to apply
      I would consider it ready to use, and food safe at that point. Danish oil cures in 30 days and is considered to be food safe at that point. The additional 10-20 days can increase your confidence that it has cured. After two scrubbings there won’t be any Danish oil at the surface, so food will not come into contact with it. The butcher block conditioner will further seal it.
      Thanks
      Paul-WWGOA

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  3. panoramalatin

    Ticket 21888
    Would like to know the best way to finish wood that will be outdoors. Pine as well as hardwood.

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Jose,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      I would suggest using a good quality deck sealer. If you have a good paint store near you, you can go there and get some good specific product recommendations. It seems like you really get what you pay for with deck sealer, so don’t try to go too cheap.

      Sincerely,

      Paul
      Woodworkers Guild of America Video Membership

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  4. BETH

    I need to refinish cabinets in a church kitchen. They’re a dark stain now and they want a lighter stain. Can veneer be stripped and restained? This is going to be a big job due to repairs needing to be done. Any advice will be appreciated.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Beth. Thanks for your question. With a focus that is primarily on building new woodworking projects, we don’t have enough experience or expertise with refinishing to provide you with sound guidance.
      Thanks
      Paul-Woodworkers Guild of America

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