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

We know that good and professional woodworking in the shop requires patience.  From measuring twice and cutting once to letting all applications of a finish dry adequately before the next one, patience is required. This is a truism when it …

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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

We are accustomed to using a topcoat on our woodworking projects.  Even when you have used a wood oil finish, many woodworking experts do suggest you apply a topcoat of some sort. Stain beautifies the wood and accentuates the wood …

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Does Red Oak Stain Well?

Red Oak Board With Stain

We know oak, and we like oak for certain projects.  Where I live is not heavily oak country – maples, both swamp and sap maples, rule the area.  We like maple, too, but today we’ll discuss oak, and in particular, …

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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

When it comes to questions about woodworking, and in this instance, finishing a project, there are often follow-up questions, the answers to which are as equally important to the original answer.  “Can I” should also be followed up by “Should …

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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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How To Neutralize Red Tones In Wood

Old Plank with Red Tones

Red is a primary color that attracts attention and is associated with strong emotions. It can symbolize both positive and negative emotions, such as love, passion, anger, and fear. Red is also associated with danger and warning and is used …

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How To Apply Varnish Without Brush Marks


If only everything we use in finishing a project were self-leveling, like the concrete or goop, we use to provide an undercoat in bathroom flooring, for instance.  Wouldn’t that be great?  Everything self-leveling? Sadly, that is not the case.  Brush …

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How To Use Mineral Spirits On Wood

Mineral Spirits

We’ve mentioned mineral spirits many times in articles here, but we’ve not discussed in any detail how to use them, what they can do, or why to use them.  We thought we should correct this omission and talk a bit …

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Does Tung Oil Waterproof Wood?

Tung Oil on Walnut

We like using an oil finish on our woodworking projects at Obsessed Woodworking. We’ve written about a number of oils used in finishing wood, including boiled linseed oil, Danish oil, and teak oil.  Today we want to drill down a …

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Does Cedar Stain Well?

Cedar Board Stained

We recently wrote an article about painting cedar wood white.  While we wonder why anyone would want to since cedar is a beautiful wood on its own, we had been asked, and so we answered.  Everyone walks their own woodworking …

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