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    CSI Woodweb: Unsolved Pink Mysteries
    An unanswered question saved for future reference: Why is a mysterious pink color bleeding through finishes on MDF, or appearing around rubber bumpers? March 4, 2009

    Coloring Oak Grain
    Tips on how to replicate an Oak stain with pinkish grain in the pores. November 11, 2008

    Pink Maple Mystery
    Sunlight can give some woods a pinkish cast. March 17, 2005

    Mystery Spots on Finished MDF
    Finishers try to figure out why pale pink spots keep materializing through opaque finishes on MDF panels. November 25, 2008

    Conversion Varnish Turning Wood Panels Pink
    Investigation reveals that the catalyst in the varnish reacts with the wood to create a pinkish hue. Solution? Start by applying some kind of barrier coat. June 28, 2013

    Return of the Pink Bumpers
    It's like red but not quite ... what's turning finish pink near cabinet door bumpers? An unsolved mystery. June 30, 2009

    Maple Turning Pink
    Maple sometimes takes on an unwanted pink hue. Here, pros discuss why. December 31, 2005

    Color Variations in Finished Maple
    A discussion of natural differences in wood color, and the effect of finish techniques that may moderate or exacerbate those differences. January 8, 2010

    Replicating a Finish Color
    Same stain brand and color, different result: what's up with that? Advice for a new finisher on getting the color he wants. August 29, 2014

    Neutralizing a Pink Stain
    Picky customers sometimes pick up on color variations between day and night lighting conditions. Fixing that is a puzzle. Here's discussion of a case. March 4, 2009

    Correcting a Pink Tone on a White-Washed Oak Floor
    Pros advise on a tricky staining problem. March 26, 2007

    "Pickled" Finish on Maple
    Translucent white finishes on maple sometimes pick up a pink or blue tinge. But with "toning" techniques, you can gradually build up a whitewashed look. October 2, 2005

    Replicating a Limed White Oak Finish
    White glaze over red oak tends to accentuate the pink hues. So how can you achieve a more gray or blue hue in the final product? December 31, 2012

    Pink Stain in White Ash
    Pink fungal staining is tough to bleach out, and may be allergenic. March 9, 2010

    Troubleshooting Caulk Discoloration
    What could be making caulk at the backsplash joint of a new laminate countertop turn pink? July 18, 2008

    Overcatalyzation Callback Confusion
    Here's a cautionary tale: A cabinetmaker dismisses a customer's legitimate complaint about finish discoloration because he think the customer is hiding something. Turns out, overcatalyzing the finish did cause it to turn orange after many months. Now the cabinetmaker has to apologize and make the jo ......

    - Wood species
    Information on tree species and their uses. March 20, 2001

    Glue Choices for Applying Veneers
    Pros dig into the fine points of glue selection for veneering, compare the qualities of different adhesives, and discuss veneer application techniques. October 1, 2005

    Kiln insulation
    A discussion of good insulations types for kilns and information on R values. February 7, 2001

    Exterior Door Construction Alternatives
    Craftsmen discuss various ways of building wood exterior doors, including a foam-core panel method with interior and exterior wood elements isolated from each other. June 29, 2008

    Bleed-Through with Paint and Primer
    A woodworker describes sanding problems and bleed issues with latex coating. May 28, 2010

    Wood Identification Puzzle
    Once again, the wood detectives try to identify some boards from pictures. Elm, Hickory, and Ash are the likely suspects. February 15, 2009

    Should I Use a Tinted Undercoat?
    A finisher who's having trouble hiding color variations in a Poplar project gets suggestions for tinting the undercoat. August 12, 2014

    What Type Of Wood Is This?
    11/10/2014

    Steaming beech and why not
    The Wood Doctor cautions against steaming beach for extended periods. 1998.

    Lubricating band mill blades
    Options for lubricating your blades, including environmentally-friendly ones. April 17, 2002

    Finger Versus Tablesaw
    A cautionary tale of a seven-stitches encounter with a tablesaw blade sets off a discussion of accidents had and lessons learned. April 25, 2006

    Matching Red Oak to Existing White Oak Cabinets
    A difficult (if not impossible) matching problem leads to a discussion on how to get a uniform look in different woods. June 8, 2007

    Heart pine, defined
    Forum contributors define heart pine discuss differences between heartwood, sapwood and pith. August 12, 2001

    Precat Lacquer Over Tinted White Undercoater Changing Color
    10/10/2014

    Facts about Tulip Wood
    Most "Tulip" is a variety of Poplar, and it can have interesting traits. October 2, 2005

    Padauk, Which Glue?
    10/14/2014

    Causes and Cures for Stains In Dried Lumber
    How to avoid various types of staining in kiln-dried lumber. 1998.

    Distinguishing Honey Locust and Black Locust
    They're both beautiful and valuable woods here's an extended discussion on how to tell them apart. May 11, 2005

    Achieving Even Color on Cherry
    More advice on a perennial challenge: getting consistent color when finishing Cherry. August 26, 2006

    Auto-Body Filler as Wood Filler
    Tips on how to work with auto-body fiberglass and resin filler products. December 30, 2007

    Cyclone Filter Clogging and Duct Sizing
    Troubleshooting a clogging situatin in pleated air filters for a cyclone dust collection system. Is too-small ducting the problem? January 23, 2012

    CNC-Carved Trim Details
    Woodworkers discuss how to find or make detailed decorative carvings for pilaster capitals and other trim elements. June 15, 2009

    Blonde Oak Finish
    Advice on lightening Oak with a pickling stain or a white pigmented toner. June 18, 2010

    Constructing a Foam or Plywood Bending Form
    Basic info on building a solid form for gluing up curved laminations. February 14, 2010

    Whether to Thaw Frozen Wood Before Kiln-Drying
    Here's a long and intense theoretical argument about whether frozen wood can be safely dried without thawing it first. June 13, 2014

    Vacuum Veneered Drawer Faces
    Vacuum laminating is ideally suited for creating curved surfaces. May 23, 2006

    Toning a Table Top
    This finishing problem is really more of a customer relations issue. But it's worth reading just for a look at the table top (a lovely piece of work). August 22, 2013

    Sawing and Drying: Does the Season of the Year Matter?
    Here's a long thread that separates the science from the rumor around the question: "What's the best time of year to cut trees and dry lumber?" May 15, 2012

    Troubleshooting Inconsistent Glazing Over a White Finish
    Although it's really not that bad, a finisher isn't happy with a newly finished cabinet; his questions set off a long discussion of glazed-finish quality control and touch-up. April 9, 2007

    Successfully staining birch
    Methods for achieving a smooth, even finish on birch. September 23, 2003

    Vacuum Bag Glue-Ups with the Form Outside the Bag
    For large, bulky curved laminations, keeping the form outside the vacuum bag simplifies the process. September 19, 2009

    White Stain for Cabinets
    Here's a long discussion with some detailed advice for staining wood white in a way that allows some grain to show. January 14, 2009

    Toning Oak Cabinets in the Direction of Cherry
    Here's a discussion of the ins and outs of toning existing cabinets. June 30, 2014

    Tinting Toner Tips
    A longtime furniture finishing pro offers tips on toners for tinting. March 12, 2002

    Solar kilns - putting it all together
    Compiling and analyzing information on the efficient design and construction of a solar kiln. November 22, 2003

    Types of Mahogany
    Here's a little in-depth info about the various wood species that are labeled "Mahogany." March 13, 2014

    Time Frame for Scuff Sanding and Topcoat Application
    It turns out that there are physical reasons why manufacturers recommend no overnight waiting between sanding and applying a second coat of a catalyzed finish. Here's a detailed explanation. January 2, 2012

    Value of Antique Douglas Fir Beams
    Taking a look at some reclaimed timbers, and trying to estimate their worth. March 28, 2010

    Washcoat and Stain Issues with Birch and Maple
    A birch-plywood cabinet with maple face frames poses a tricky staining problem. Here's a little explanation about washcoats, stains, toners, and more. April 9, 2007

    Wrinkling Conversion Varnish
    Why is CV wrinkling with dark colored stains? June 21, 2004

    Touching Up Natural Maple
    Here's an extended discussion of using colorants and finishes to blend a repair into a finished Maple piece. March 26, 2013

    Switching to pre-cat or CV
    Properties of these finishes and their applications. December 26, 2002

    Veener over Drywall
    Installers puzzle over how to veneer a gypsum-board wall. September 24, 2009

    Spraygun Cleaning Systems
    Here's a wide-ranging discussion on solvents and equipment for cleaning sprayguns. February 1, 2015

    Track Saws for Breaking Down Panels
    A tracked circular saw is no substitute for a panel saw or sliding table saw, but it's a productive tool that's worth the investment. October 13, 2010

    Slowing Down Wood Drying
    Once wood starts to dry, it's hard to slow the process down without encountering staining or rot problems. December 6, 2009

    Stripping and Bleaching Oak
    After trying several suggestions, a finisher hits on the right solution to clean and brighten some old oak drawer fronts. November 11, 2006

    Shipping Success Stories and Horror Stories
    Sometimes, when you ship your products, they get broken. Sometimes they don't. June 13, 2011

    What's the Best Pencil for Woodworkers
    A few jocular comments notwithstanding, this is a serious question for the professional woodworker. December 28, 2014

    Wood Species for Exterior Projects
    Suggested wood choices for a set of garage doors. March 18, 2006

    Staining Poplar to Resemble Cherry
    Building with Cherry to begin with would be easier. But here is advice on staining Poplar for a Cherry look. September 25, 2014

    What's the Easiest Wood to Work ?
    Woodworkers rate wood species on machinability, looks, and stainability. December 14, 2005

    Wooden Drawer Guides
    Thoughts on how to make wooden drawer guides slide smoothly. December 11, 2007

    Slowing Cherry's Color Change
    you can slow it down, but you can't stop it. Here's a collection of ideas. March 9, 2008

    Separation of 844 Colorants
    Over time, stored colorants will clump or settle, and there's not much you can do to fix it. September 16, 2008

    Telling Hard and Soft Maple Apart
    The two types of maple have different densities and different end grain appearance. There's also a chemical test. December 6, 2006

    Taking a Red Undertone from Alder
    Green is the opposite of red on the color wheel, but some fine fiddling with yellow and blue may be needed to balance out a too-red tone. September 26, 2013

    Finishing Cost (In-House Versus Contracted Out)
    A cabinetmaker wonders why bids he gets to finish cabinets don't match his own cost to do the work himself. The question sets off a long discussion of cost, value, markets, and business strategies. May 17, 2010

    Five-piece doors on CNC
    Doing raised-panel work on a CNC router. November 26, 2001

    Handling a Problem Employee
    Shop owners discuss how to deal with an employee whose attitude is going down the tubes. January 26, 2008

    Fine Points of Pigments and Dye Stains
    Here's an extended, in-depth discussion of the alternatives for coloring wood before applying a clear top coat. December 31, 2013

    Radios In The Shop
    A discussion with as many opinions as there are styles of music. February 25, 2005

    Frame-and-Panel Carcases Versus Applied End Panels
    What's better, building a plywood box and attaching frame-and-panel elements to it, or using the raised-panel frames as structural elements in the cabinet? Cabinetmakers discuss history, technique, and the state of the art. June 5, 2006

    Getting Mahogany Flat
    Very hard woods with alternating grain patterns sometimes develop waviness when sanded with wide-belt equipment. Here's an extensive discussion of the characteristics of Mahogany, and of ways to approach it using both hand tools and power equipment. November 12, 2005

    Multi-Ply Construction Details for Raised Panels on Exterior Doors
    Woodworkers develop ideas for back-to-back panel construction on exterior doors. November 14, 2011

    "Hand Rubbed" Finishes for Furniture
    "Hand rubbed" means different things to different finishers not to mention the customers. October 14, 2010

    Radiant Floor Heating for a Small Shop
    Shop owners who have tried it recommend radiant floor heating, and offer tips for a good installation. April 24, 2006

    Even Finishing Techniques for Alder
    Approaches for avoiding a blotchy look when finishing Alder. May 27, 2008

    Evening Out Cherry Color Variations
    A discussion of ways to address lightness and darkness differences between Cherry lumber and plywood. December 14, 2009

    Muting the Grain on a Cherry Table
    A furniture-maker needs to make a new cherry table match existing woodwork that has a washed-out grain. Finishers offer advice about formulas and application. July 11, 2005

    Milling large logs
    Techniques for sizing down logs too large for the mill. December 22, 2002

    Fabricating Curved Side Panels for a Custom Desk
    Furnituremakers brainstorm about how to make custom curved veneered side panels for a desk. February 15, 2009

    "Mahogany" Stains for Birch
    Finishers share formulas and methods for staining light-colored woods a dark mahogany color. April 19, 2006

    Replicating Driftwood (or, Life's a Beach)
    How to finish wood doors to match a sample of driftwood? Pros contribute ideas involving wire brushes, sandblasting, ammonia, iron filings in vinegar the list goes on. March 29, 2006

    Pricing for Kiln Drying Lumber
    Here are pictures of a drying kiln building under construction, with commentary on how to charge for drying wood with a dehumidifier kiln. December 8, 2012

    Hard vs. soft maple
    Can these maples be mixed, and what are the differences? January 21, 2002

    Finessing Oak Color Differences
    Ways to tone away the color variations in a batch of oak mouldings. June 8, 2008

    How to Prevent "Cobwebbing" of Pre-Catalyzed Finishes
    It's a matter of finding the right thinning ratios and air pressures for the particular gun and using the right thinner. February 13, 2006

    Pencil Preferences
    Craftsmen discuss the pencils they like and where they carry them. November 11, 2005

    Grinding Wheels 101
    A description of grinding wheel characteristics, and some helpful tips on grinding tools. February 14, 2007

    Priming MDF Edges for Finishing
    MDF edges tend to soak up finishes. Here are multiple suggestions for prepping the cut edge so it won't need endless re-coats. February 26, 2007

    Flat-Screen TV Over the Fireplace?
    Some people hate the idea, but some customers are asking for it. Here, cabinetmakers discuss solutions (and personal taste). August 11, 2009

    Entry Door Wood Choices
    What's the best wood species for a custom exterior door?

    Jointer Stones 101
    A basic rundown on knive jointer stone types and preparation. February 14, 2007

    Poison Ivy Remedies
    Logs with poison ivy vines on them can really get you good. Here are some recommendations for prevention and treatment. December 12, 2008

    Running Small Raised Panels on the Shaper
    Advice on accessories, methods, and jigs to safely machine small pieces on a powerful shaper. March 26, 2010

    Packaging Finished Products for Shipping or Transport
    Advice on ways to wrap cabinet doors or other finished pieces so they won't stick together. December 14, 2009

    Filling Cracks in Reclaimed Lumber
    Home-made crack-filler recipes for old wood. October 3, 2007

    Eliminating Cross Grain Scratches
    Tips on detecting and preventing cross-grain scratches created during sanding. October 25, 2006

    Getting Rid of Sawdust
    Farmers and gardeners will take away sawdust and shavings for free. April 30, 2006

    Matching Sun-Darkened Cherry
    Color-matching new work with old is tricky when the wood is Cherry, because of the way Cherry darkens when exposed to light. May 24, 2006

    It's Not Cherry What Is It?
    Experts try to identify a log that was purchased as Cherry, but is really something else. October 29, 2008

    Kentucky Coffeetree Lumber Characteristics
    Sawmillers share experiences with sawing and drying Coffeetree wood. March 9, 2010

    Eucalyptus for furnituremaking
    A primer on this native Australian lumber. June 14, 2000

    Pretty Book Matches
    Quartering a log before sawing it sometimes provides an opportunity to create attractive book matches. Here, a sawyer posts a few examples. October 30, 2005

    Orchard Stumps
    Interesting comments on the qualities of orchard wood and stumps. July 10, 2007

    MDF for Cabinets in an Oceanfront House
    Thoughts about cabinetry for a salt-air environment. May 5, 2011

    Glue Reacting with Cherry
    A Cherry table shows witness lines at the glue joints. The culprit: a reaction between the wood and the glue. November 13, 2005

    Maple Stain in a Kiln Load
    Some explanation about why soft maple would stain in the kiln when hard maple in the same load did not. June 13, 2014

    Properties of Yemeri Wood
    Yemeri is a Central American tropical hardwood that is good for utility lumber. July 18, 2008

    Iron Stains in Red Oak
    Slabs from a yard tree with a lot of deeply embedded nails have some bad staining. Will bleach help? April 20, 2011

    Primer Color Under Red Topcoat on MDF
    Dark gray is a good primer color under red. Here are tips on how to get that. June 8, 2008

    PSA Sanding Discs
    01/13/2015

    Insulation Value of Wood
    Wood's R-value is not trivial, but air leaks and bypasses often dominate the equation. April 11, 2008

    Butcher Block Finish Dispute
    This long saga of a woodworker's difficulty with a customer who is dissatisfied with the finish on a butcher block shipped cross-country offers lessons on communication, contracts, and credit card company dispute resolution processes. March 26, 2010

    Building Insulated-Core Carriage Doors
    Detailed instruction on how to construct a custom architectural wood door with an insulating foam core. April 4, 2011

    Building a Cabinetmaker's Workbench
    Pros discuss the characteristics of a good shop workbench. July 21, 2006

    CV and formaldehyde fumes
    The wrong respirator can lead to serious health problems. July 22, 2003

    Custom Wood Entry Door with Inlayed Stainless Steel
    A customer's unusual entry door request gives rise to a discussion of wood movement and wood door construction techniques. September 23, 2008

    Duplicating Finish on Cherry
    A beginner gets advice on using a washcoat, wiping stain, and toner to match an existing finish on Cherry. March 1, 2006

    Darkening Maple with Dye Stain
    A tricky stain-matching problem involving maple veneer and dye stain. October 14, 2006

    Count Your Fingers
    A woodworker describes the accident that took off the ends of two of his fingers, and a discussion ensues about the lessons learned. November 10, 2006

    Distinguishing White Oak from Red
    Methods for discerning different oak types. May 19, 2004

    Causes of Shake
    Bacteria is what causes shake in trees. September 24, 2003

    Duplicating a Ceruse Finish
    A finisher tries to figure out how to copy the finish in a photo but then he gets the answer. April 18, 2015

    Catalyzed Varnishes, Offgassing, and Odor
    Occasional bad smells associated with conversion varnish, explained in terms of chemistry. February 23, 2008

    Achieving Bright Colors with Polyurethane Lacquers
    Bright reds, blues, and greens are a whole different animal. Here are some tips on how to choose and use the appropriate products. March 26, 2007

    Choosing Oak for a Cerused (Limed) Finish
    Advice on choosing wood with the appropriate grain for an attractive look when given a ceruse finish. November 14, 2014

    Black Stains on Curly Cherry Veneer
    Figuring out the source of discoloration on a beautiful figured cherry veneer. June 28, 2006

    African Versus Honduras Mahogany
    Woodworkers compare the grain characteristics, color, and machinability of different Mahogany varieties. November 19, 2005

    Discoloration at Door Bumpers
    Cabinetmakers puzzle over what seems to be some kind of chemical interaction between a soft door bumper and a lacquer finish. June 17, 2009

    Air-Drying Systems for Large-Volume Spray Operations
    If you're spraying a lot, get serious about a clean air supply. September 14, 2006

    Durability of Cedar Signs in Outdoor Exposures
    Cedar should last 15 years in the weather if the assembly details and finish are suitable. July 29, 2012

    Black Dye Stains for Maple
    Tips and tricks for applying a dark stain to maple while still revealing the grain. Pros recommend various methods using inks, dyes, and toners. October 28, 2005

    Discoloration of Conversion Varnish
    Acidic conversion varnish formulas can react with metals in the application system or with wood chemistry, causing a red, black, or gray discoloration. Here are some suggested precautions for prevention. March 29, 2006

    Computer Clinic: Ground Your Equipment!
    Protecting computer equipment, and users, from power surges. 1998.

    Bleaching Anigre Veneer Panels
    Finishers provide advice for lightening the color of a too-dark batch of anigre panels. November 25, 2005

    A Compatible Glaze for a Cherry Cabinet
    Experienced hands suggest burnt umber or burnt siena as tones that won't fight with cherry's complex natural hues. December 15, 2005

    A good, cheap end sealant?
    A discussion of the pros and cons of various sealants used on ends of boards in primary lumber processing. April 22, 2000

    Drying Beech
    Beech is a tricky wood to dry: too fast and it checks, too slow and it stains. August 21, 2006

    Can You Sand And Repaint Over Veneer??
    07/31/2012

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