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Minwax oil stain is a regular in the stain aisle at the local big-box — and in many garages. The manufacturer must be doing something right to stick around this long, but lately I’ve been doing a number of woodworking projects with different types of finishing products and have come to the conclusion that I have better luck with almost anything else.

Minwax does come in more colors and options than you can shake a stick at, but linseed oil or Tung oil always seems to end up with better coverage and even color where the Minwax shows streaks and flaws if you don’t take great care to avoid them. Which leads me ask: is the “quick” off the shelf answer really better?

What do you think? Is Minwax the standard we should all go by, or are the old ways the best ways? Let us know is comments.

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The Minwax Project Planner is a great way for noobs (or seasoned vets) to suss out wood and stain color choices before starting a project, avoiding the mental gymnastics of guessing what the color on the can will look like on wood and how that color will look in their painted room.

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If you’ve got the right gear in hand, restoring old furniture is a fun project.  And while you can find dozens of tips and tricks online to help you get started, we know one really easy way to fix polyurethane-finished wood furniture that’s lost its topcoat shine: Minwax high gloss floor reviver.

Minwax actual created this stuff for interior hardwood floors, but we’ve used it to great effect with polyurethane-finished wood furniture pieces that are dull, scratched or show signs of wear.  It’s is like a polish, but a good bit stronger.

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