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Forum: The Finishing Room

For all things related to applying a finish on a project.

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Please Read: Pics in threads

    In the past we have had problems with linking pictures in posts from off-site locations. For example, pics disappeared from the off-site location,...

    Started by sawduster, 06-30-2010 9:42 pm
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  1. Furniture: Old mahogany table

    I am refinishing an old mahogany drop leaf table (Drexel lyre - circa 1940's or 50's) The surfaces are badly beat up, but it is tight & the hinges...

    Started by Arcy, 05-28-2013 1:25 am
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    06-04-2013 1:50 pm Go to last post
  2. Need advice

    I've got a finishing problem I've never had to handle before. Maybe you guys can help me. I began finishing a table I started about this time...

    Started by art3427, 07-01-2010 8:47 pm
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  3. Experimental finishes.

    I've been playing around with making my own stains lately. In one experiment I added a ratio of various (liquid) Rit Dyes to pure denatured alcohol....

    Started by art3427, 07-22-2010 9:56 pm
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    07-31-2010 1:43 pm Go to last post
  4. no luck but bad luck.

    I have this really nice armoire I built over the last year. Solid maple, all raised panels with mahogany accent trims. It had been sitting in our...

    Started by art3427, 09-07-2010 2:32 pm
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    09-07-2010 9:26 pm Go to last post
  5. Minwax Question

    I sent this to their website, but haven't got a response yet. Maybe you guys can help. I need a small amount of shading lacquer occasionally. I...

    Started by art3427, 09-07-2010 6:33 pm
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    09-07-2010 9:18 pm Go to last post
  6. Varnish

    What is varnish, and where does it fall in the grading of durable wood finishes? I ask because I see it used on everything from electric motor...

    Started by art3427, 09-30-2010 3:52 am
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  7. Calling Cody Colston

    Cody, you recently mentioned using a stain/dye made from steel wool and white vinegar. Just so happens I've been cooking a batch for about 4 months...

    Started by art3427, 10-20-2010 5:02 pm
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  8. Will milk paint . . .

    . . . spoil if not refrigerated? I'm talking the kind made from whole milk like folks did 200 years ago? art

    Started by art3427, 12-30-2010 3:58 am
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  9. Tung oil

    If you're interested in "Made in the USA" tung oil, contact http://www.woodworkingtools.net/ They are here in Ridgeland. Talked to the...

    Started by art3427, 03-12-2011 10:11 pm
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  10. Rattle cans

    What's your favorite brand; most frequently used material (colors or clear)? art

    Started by art3427, 06-25-2011 6:00 pm
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    06-26-2011 3:12 am Go to last post
  11. Rattle Cans

    What would be a decent finish for birdhouses? I want vibrant colors and a clear top coat. This is not going to be the top of a custom dining...

    Started by art3427, 03-02-2012 4:04 pm
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    04-11-2012 4:43 pm Go to last post
  12. Invisible finish

    The wife wants a finish that you can't readily see - no significant film build. My usual approach is a wash coat of shellac (1lb. cut), light sand,...

    Started by art3427, 03-29-2012 3:13 am
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  13. HVLP

    Looking for an HVLP setup that will spray latex paints. What have you guys used & recommend? art

    Started by art3427, 05-12-2012 2:57 pm
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  14. I Got A Problem

    After 6 years on a waiting list, my wife was finally invited to set up a display in a local very high end antique shop. Her original idea was to...

    Started by art3427, 06-13-2012 5:55 pm
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  15. Adding Patina

    Been thinking about all the things we do to new wood to make it look "old". One of the factors in aging wood is the affect of light on woods like...

    Started by art3427, 07-20-2012 3:00 pm
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    07-23-2012 6:49 pm Go to last post
  16. Unhappy What Now?

    I got a mess on my hands. 2 WEEKS ago I stained a project for my wife's booth. I was in a hurry so I sealed it with a rattle can. The stuff was...

    Started by art3427, 07-26-2012 7:23 pm
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    08-09-2012 8:55 pm Go to last post
  17. Which comes first?

    You've got a good sized piece of casework ready to finish. It gets a wood top. Do you guys finish the top, then install it on the case, or install...

    Started by art3427, 08-07-2012 7:14 pm
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  18. New experiment

    I want to try something new. I'm searching for an approach that will leave me with a very weathered wood surface. I'm thinking sandblasting with...

    Started by art3427, 09-27-2012 9:58 pm
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  19. A GLOAT of some kind.

    The local Lowes always seems to have bunches of returned paints - mostly marked "Wrong Color." Friday they had a bunch in various colors that could...

    Started by art3427, 02-03-2013 3:24 pm
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    02-03-2013 8:53 pm Go to last post
  20. HVLP

    I'm looking at some gravity feed HVLP guns. I've noticed they all seem to be rated by needle/orfice size. I'm looking to spray mostly...

    Started by art3427, 02-05-2013 2:22 am
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    02-07-2013 6:10 pm Go to last post

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