Questions tagged [staining]

The tools and techniques surrounding the process of coloring the wood while maintaining the appearance of the grain.

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Can I apply water-based polyurethane over an oil based stain?

I recently finished a dresser top in a very light gray oil based stain. Afterwards I applied a water based matte poly, because I didn't want any yellow tint to show on the light gray color (see this ...
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Should you always use Pre-Stain?

I've read that wood conditioner (also known as pre-stain) helps prevent blotching, but it 'designed' for use with soft or porous wood. I've got an 80x36x1" red oak panel that I think I'm going to ...
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Glue spots under stain

I have two pieces of plywood that I joined with biscuits and wood glue (wiping away all excess glue after joining the two pieces. I then sanded the whole piece down to 220 grit. After staining there ...
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What is an easy way to seal wood for outdoor garden use

Trying not to use pressure treated wood for garden beds, chemical leeching. Would like to use regular wood(cedar is a bit expensive for me right now). Looking for a suggestion on what to use to treat(...
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Stain then glue, or vice-versa?

After you've fabricated your pieces, is it better to "glue-up", then stain? Or is it better to stain first, then glue? What's a good rule-of-thumb?
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Wood conditioner between stain layers

When putting multiple coats of stain on a piece of wood, should wood conditioner be applied between each coat or only before the first coat?
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Applying oils over stains

As we learned from Can I apply water-based polyurethane over an oil based stain? it is possible to do just that under certain conditions. I would like to broaden that question if possible. Finishing ...
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Can you apply wood with glue over stained areas?

I am making a chest for my son. Was going to stain then assemble but have decided on the assemble, sand, stain method. However I will be gluing wooden letters to the lid of the chest and have seen ...
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What's the purpose of raising the grain before finishing a furniture piece?

I'm currently working on a entry bench in black walnut. I'm wondering if I should raise the grain before finishing my bench or not. In the past, I haven't done so. I've heard that it's better to ...
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Chlorine bleach on poplar

While experimenting with stains and struggling with a moderately green piece of poplar, I found that I really like the results of: Brush concentrated Clorox bleach, leave for 5 minutes then wipe. Let ...
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How do I correct extreme crossgrain cupping?

I was staining a set of pieces of unfinished pine for a dresser (ikea furniture) on my rooftop. First coat was put on last night around 9pm, and I was planning on doing the second coat this morning ...
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Which woods work well with ammonia?

I love the traditional look of quarter sawn oak and the patina finish achieved by gassing the wood with ammonia. Are there other woods that react well by gassing with ammonia? If there are could you ...
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Interior or Exterior stain for garage steps and shelves?

So obviously with an outside patio you'd use exterior stain, and a bedroom desk you'd use interior stain. But I have no idea what type of stain to use for wood that's located in the garage? The ...
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How can I match a finish on furniture when re-finishing?

I have two pieces of maple furniture, a desk with a large water stain, and a kitchen table with minor scratches an exposed wood. My problem is my wife loves the finishes on these pieces of furniture, ...
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Choosing a vinegar when making my own oxidizing stain

I have been collecting old nails from pallets that I have been tearing down and only realized now why I was keeping them. I am going to try and make my own stain. There are several tutorials online ...
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Should pre stain be used with gel stain?

I have read that gel stain sits on top of the wood, rather than soaking into it, and pre stain helps with uniform absorption of stain. Does this then mean that pre stain is not necessary when using ...
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How to fix water damage to wooden table

I have a wooden table, which I accidentally spilled water onto yesterday. I thought it would simply dry, but a couple of hours later I noticed that the water had pooled on the wood and the surface ...
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How do I fix blotchy grey stain that was not absorbed evenly into pine?

I am having someone stain brand new pine steps. He prepped and sanded but the stain absorbed unevenly and almost not at all in certain places. It's Duraseal quick coat (GREY color). The guy staining ...
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Voids, epoxy and staining compatibility

TL;DR: How do I fix this, and have it match the final color? I'm getting ready to join some 10.5"-wide red oak for a table top, and one of the boards has a void on an edge, right in the middle (...
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Didn't let wood dry between coats of stain & poly. How to correct?

I attempted my first ever woodworking project this weekend and thought it was going smoothly until I realized I was supposed to let the minwax oil based stain dry for 4-6 hours between coats. I had ...
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How can I match gunstock oak with pine?

I have gunstock oak flooring and would like to match a piece of pine furniture to it. Any ideas how to achieve this? I'm open to liquid or gel stains, but would like to avoid veneers as it's ...
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A beginner's question about sanding, stain, and polyurethane for a SMOOTH finish

I'm doing to hobby pieces using 3/4" pine ply. On my faces, I've sanded with 80, then 120, then finish with 220 using random orbit sander. To the touch, it's very very smooth. I'll give it a good ...
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Should I use solid color wood stain or paint for my project?

I know questions based on opinion are not too welcomed here and I'm trying to avoid making this look like one. My situation is this: I'm building a piece of outdoor patio furniture. For part of that ...
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Blotching like you've never seen before!

I'm pretty much a total amateur when it comes to staining. My husband hung unfinished pine doors in all our rooms about 8 years ago but never got around to staining (he really is a busy guy so no ...
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Finish for hand painted/lettered wood sign

I've just started cutting, sanding, and staining premium pine craft wood from Lowe's to make my hand painted signs. I do hand lettering and use water based acrylic paint pens and sometimes gel pens. I ...
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Spray on Lacquer for Vertical Surface

I have a rectangular speaker cabinet (basically a box). Can I use spray lacquer and spray all sides at once? Otherwise I have to account for a lot of overspray.