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wood finishing question..

Postby MetroSonus » Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:14 pm

Dudes :smoke: and dudette, I have a desk I made out of some ikea parts and some wood from home depot. I put on several coats of a min wax stain and after a month, it starts to dry out and turn grey. During my cleaning rounds, I usually wipe it down with murphy's oil soap and that takes care of the finish until the month mark or so.

I figure maybe I need to add poly? the thing is though that I don't want it to be shiny. I want it to look like lumber, reclaimed wood etc and not fine furniture.

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Postby ElectricPuppy » Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:38 pm

I think there are satin poly products you could use. It won't be seriously flat, but it'll be a lot less shiny than regular old gloss poly.

Thing is, just about any kind of coating is going to look shinier than raw wood. My workbench that doesn't have any finish on it because I didn't want a slippery top. But, the workbench guru that I based mine on says that a good finish is a mix of 1/3 varnish (not poly, regular varnish), 1/3 boiled linseed oil, and 1/3 mineral spirits. Wipe on, let sit for a while, then wipe off excess. Repeat several times. Supposedly you get a good seal, but not the plasticky coating that straight-up poly tends to be.
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Postby MetroSonus » Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:57 pm

without some sort of protectant though, it's normal for the wood to dry out? I think maybe I skimped on the stain too? Could that be it?

I don't mid wiping the desk down.. with the cats and stuff, it's good to anyway. I just don't know what's "normal" for stained wood
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Postby ElectricPuppy » Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:33 pm

Yes, wood dries out. Was it kinda damp and heavy when you bought it? Even the "dried" lumber from places like Home Depot still has some moisture in it that the wood will continue to evaporate. Stain isn't a protectant or a sealer, all it does is add pigment to the wood's pores, if its the kind you got from the hardware store.
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Postby MetroSonus » Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:59 pm

it was something called "glue board' that was in the crafty wood era. You know, patch panels, custom lengths etc. I've had it over a year now.

the stain doesn't look as good as when I first put it on. that's just odd to me because I made a fake organ for halloween and used the same type of stain and it was like seriously dark for years of being kept in the garage.
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Postby ElectricPuppy » Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:20 pm

Ah. Was the garage dark most of the time? And does your red room tend to be sunny? Sunlight will change both the wood and the stain's color.

"glue board". :idk: I'm not sure what that is, honestly.

Also, if you didn't seal the wood after you stained it, it's possible that the Murphy's is cleaning the stain out of the wood.
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Postby MetroSonus » Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:23 pm

oh my... yea the room gets sun most of the morning. the garage is dark.. :/

they called it glue board on the shelf. It's a 12 inch (ish) wide board that's made out of smaller, thinner boards glued together. So you get a large board to work with, but the look of like butcher block or something.
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Postby ElectricPuppy » Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:46 pm

How about just re-staining it?
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Postby Purity_Control » Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:57 pm

Is glue board like MDF? Like just fibrous crap with something to hold it together.

If you're going on with wax, you really want to give it a few coats, maybe a good half dozen at least, that works on real wood.
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Re: wood finishing question..

Postby Purity_Control » Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:59 pm

Not sure what poly is, but can you get varnish in like a matt or satin finish? Dunno if maybe you call that something else?
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Postby ElectricPuppy » Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:43 pm

What we're calling "poly" here is polyurethane. It's pretty much taken over as the top coat of choice over traditional varnish, or at least it seems that way based on what's available in the stores here.
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Re: wood finishing question..

Postby MetroSonus » Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:46 pm

a whole thread dedicated to polishing wood!!
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Postby ElectricPuppy » Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:55 pm

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Postby christianrock » Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:39 pm

Guitar makers use Tung Oil for that unfinished look.
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Postby gregwar » Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:56 pm

MetroSonus wrote:polishing wood!!


ahh beat me to it :grin:
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Postby ClavAnother » Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:19 pm

christianrock wrote:Guitar makers use Tung Oil for that unfinished look.




I know a guy that finished his organ with tung oil and when it got knicked up from moving it, he would just rub some more on and the knicks would get filled in.
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Postby BonsoWonderDog » Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:34 am

This thread has stayed on topic for far too long. Look at that !!! ---------------->
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Re: wood finishing question..

Postby MetroSonus » Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:43 pm

I have some linseed oil out in the garage hmm
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Postby ElectricPuppy » Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:35 pm

Don't use straight-up linseed oil, it'll take way, way, way too long to cure (dry). Use "BLO". Boiled linseed oil.
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Re: wood finishing question..

Postby MetroSonus » Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:57 pm

blo-glo?

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