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  1. Personal preference. And it won't matter if you...

    Personal preference. And it won't matter if you apply several coats of varnish then sand it back flat, then apply your finish coats. That's what I did with the live edge slab above.

    John
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    I would start by filling any obvious dents,...

    I would start by filling any obvious dents, gauges, etc. with Timbermate wood filler in a color that's close to your wood. Waterbased, it's wonderful stuff. Then I would apply a WB primer like SW's...
  3. This is Arm-R-Seal on a live edge walnut slab: ...

    This is Arm-R-Seal on a live edge walnut slab:
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    With no disrespect Lily, the best thing you can...

    With no disrespect Lily, the best thing you can do is take that table to a pro refinisher. They will know how best to deal with it, and know what products to use and how best to apply them.

    My...
  5. So are you advocating that the OP add a storm...

    So are you advocating that the OP add a storm door? One would think that a composite door like Thermatru would be more forgiving than a wood door when covered by a storm door, but I've seen all...
  6. I have no clue of the source of their "aniline"...

    I have no clue of the source of their "aniline" dye since the true ones are no longer sold. But clearly it's not very light stable. So switch to ones that are, like Transtint. Don't give up on...
  7. It's not just the Summer months you have to worry...

    It's not just the Summer months you have to worry about with a storm door over a wood door. I learned about the need to vent a glass storm door the hard way; after panels in the nice new door I put...
  8. I doubt GF is going to promise anything about...

    I doubt GF is going to promise anything about longevity since you aren't using one of their stains. And as Rob said, West facing doors are a recipe for failure, dark colored ones especially so.
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  9. What specific product did you use? I'm really...

    What specific product did you use? I'm really surprised you saw fading of the dye if you then used an oil based stain over it. The pigments in OB stains do a pretty good job of blocking UV.
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    Probably a poor choice of words. What I meant...

    Probably a poor choice of words. What I meant was that the board has to be parallel with the tables. To get rid of a crook that's high in the middle you have to hold the board so that the middle...
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    Longer boards are harder, to be sure. But if...

    Longer boards are harder, to be sure. But if your jointer tables are coplaner it's just a matter of technique and practice. A cup in the middle suggests your tables might be sagging on the ends, or...
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    I may be old school, or maybe just old, but when...

    I may be old school, or maybe just old, but when it really matters I predrill and hand nail. I've seen too many pneumatic nails go sideways, crumple up, or otherwise wreck finish work to trust them....
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    Food coloring is not nearly as light fast as...

    Food coloring is not nearly as light fast as Transtint, or most other wood dyes. But food coloring actually works quite well and lasts a long time if your topcoat has good UV inhibitors in it, such...
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    There's no such thing as aniline dye these days,...

    There's no such thing as aniline dye these days, even though some companies still market them as such. Transtint, TransFast, etc. are the modern and safe version of aniline dye.

    John
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    Transtint dye would be my first idea, too. But...

    Transtint dye would be my first idea, too. But if your cedar has any red tint to it, then the green dye may end up tinting the wood brown instead of the desired green. If you use a high enough...
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    I can't recall if there is a ball in the can or...

    I can't recall if there is a ball in the can or not. Zinsser's shellac products are good for at least two years after the date of manufacture.

    John
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    A 3/8 x 4 tpi blade is incredibly versatile. ...

    A 3/8 x 4 tpi blade is incredibly versatile. Wide enough to cut straight when you need to, narrow enough to cut many curves. Rod's suggestion is even more versatile, at the penalty of having to...
  18. That problem goes away with a 3/4" or wider blade...

    That problem goes away with a 3/4" or wider blade with 25K psi on it. And then you can use a straight fence and just push the wood through the blade knowing you will get a straight cut, and not have...
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    Stored for 12 years means nothing. Unless the...

    Stored for 12 years means nothing. Unless the wood is within a couple of percent moisture of the EMC of your shop then you should sticker it and wait until it is. The only way to know what the...
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    Gallon jug of Arm-R-Seal? I never knew that...

    Gallon jug of Arm-R-Seal? I never knew that until I just read your post then looked on Amazon; by golly they do and at a huge savings over buying it by the quart.

    Your question is one you might...
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    Get some scrap and practice on that before trying...

    Get some scrap and practice on that before trying anything new on your project - avoids a lot of heartache. Depending upon the properties of the poly you are using you may be able to wipe it on w/o...
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    Nice work Bill. I agree that the seat back angle...

    Nice work Bill. I agree that the seat back angle looks a little too laid back, and that probably makes them feel a bit unstable if you lean back. I haven't built many chairs, but when I have I've...
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    Back in my corporate days the marketing guys beat...

    Back in my corporate days the marketing guys beat it into me head that price has nothing to do with cost; it only has to do with how much someone is willing to pay, and that's true no matter what...
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    Anything with pitch will gum up, so I don't even...

    Anything with pitch will gum up, so I don't even try anymore.

    I found a power washer removes most stuff off gummed up sanding strips.
    John
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    I like Duralaq WB a lot. Sprays great, self...

    I like Duralaq WB a lot. Sprays great, self levels without orange peel, dries fast and hard. It's not as chemically durable as GF'S Enduro Clear Poly, however, so I only use it where that's not a...
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