4 Steps To Creating A Weathered Wood Gray Finish

Weather Gray Finish

Creating a weathered wood-gray finish is one of my favorite ways to add character and a timeless rustic charm to wood projects. Whether you’re updating a piece of furniture, accentuating home decor, or adding a special touch to a woodworking …

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Can You Paint Over Polyurethane?

Painting a Board

What Is Polyurethane? Polyurethane is a versatile polymer material that is made by reacting a polyol with an isocyanate. The resulting product is a strong, durable material that can be used in a wide variety of applications. Polyurethanes are known …

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How Long To Wait Between Coats of Polyurethane?

Applying Polyurethane

In woodworking, patience is as important as precision, especially when it comes to finishes like polyurethane. QUICK ANSWER: For water-based polyurethane, the wait time is generally 2-4 hours, while for oil-based, it’s 8-24 hours. Environmental factors like humidity and ventilation …

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How To Dispose Of Stain Rags

Appling Stain With Rag

We all know the dangers of woodworking.  Power tools, and even hand tools, when not used properly and without taking the proper precautions, can cause great harm, and we must be careful. There is a reason why we recommend eye …

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Can You Put Polyurethane Over Stain?

Stained Pine Board

I understand the importance of achieving the perfect finish on your projects. Applying polyurethane over stain can be a game-changer for both protection and aesthetics. Whether you’re working with water-based, oil-based, or gel stains, I will help you enhance the …

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Does Red Oak Stain Well?

Red Oak Board With Stain

As a woodworking fanatic with perpetually stained hands, I’ve experimented with every type of wood under the sun. Red oak’s intricate grain has always tempted me, but I could never get the deeper stains to penetrate properly. After too many …

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Is Danish Oil Waterproof?

Danish Oil

In a previous article on these pages, we discussed the differences between Waterlox and Watco Danish oil. While there are differences between them, they are negligible on most of the important considerations, but the purpose of the article was to …

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Can You Stain Over Varnish?

Varnish and Stain

Stained your beautiful woodwork only to seal it with varnish and realize the color’s all wrong? I’ve made every mistake imaginable when it comes to wood stains and varnishes, and I’ll show you how to fix discolored varnish without starting …

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How To Make Polycrylic Slippery

Minwax Polycrylic

When I was young, horseshoes were one of our outdoor activities.  I played horseshoes every weekend with the father and brothers of the girl I was dating in high school, and the games were very competitive. Key Points: Later, I …

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Does Birch Wood Stain Well?

Birch Board With Stain Applied

Have you ever used a piece of birch wood (solid wood) in a woodworking project?  Or are you more familiar with birch plywood, whether all birch or with a birch top veneer? If you have used solid wood in a …

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