Finishing

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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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  • Techniques for Painting MDF to Get an Antique Finish

    Many woodworkers have a love/hate relationship with MDF. The good news is that it’s very inexpensive, and machines well. The bad news is that MDF isn’t much to look at. This leaves a lot of woodworkers wondering about techniques for painting MDF. Antiquing The real gee whiz part of the technique we’re teaching in this

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  • “Rock” Your Next MDF Project with Textured Paint

    MDF is a popular material to use for a variety of woodworking projects because it is inexpensive, dense, extremely flat, can hold a crisp edge and comes in large sheets for efficient material use. All of these attributes make it desirable for use in cabinetry, shop jigs, and also projects created on a CNC. As

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2 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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