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Forum topic by itsme_timd posted 12-06-2007 03:28 AM 1442 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-06-2007 03:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question maple finishing

I’m sure I’d know the answer to this in a few hours, but that is just SO far away…

I’ve just finished applying stain (Minwax ‘Colonial Maple’ oil-based) to a maple picture frame. I started by conditioning the wood with Minwax conditioner.

I noticed out of the can that the stain was very red/orange but thought it might darken when applied. However, my picture now looks like it could be used as a Halloween decoration – it’s very orange!

Does this darken and get more brown as it dries, or will I now have a flourescent orange picture frame?

I’ve attached some pics but they really don’t show the color properly.

! frame with stain applied)!

Detail of picture frame with stain applied

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#1 posted 12-06-2007 01:39 PM

Tim, I’ve used that exact stain and, yes, it had a lot of orange in it. And in my experience it doesn’t get any better with time. My guess is that the Colonists (of Colonial Maple times) were color blind. These days when I buy stain I don’t trust the samples in the stores. They’ll let me know if the color leans toward brown or red, but beyond that they don’t do much. I keep small cans of a variety of stains and then use a piece of scrap to sample before buying a final color and finishing a project. I do this because I’ve got some odd colored pieces around the house from when I believed the store samples.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 12-06-2007 03:33 PM

Tim, In your photo it looks like you haven’t wiped off the excess stain. There are two very good books out on finishing. Jeff Jewitt and Bob Flexner are the authors. I have both and consult them a lot. When this drys, I would suggest you apply a light coat of shellac and then glaze with a gel stain then another coat of shellac and then lacquer. The glaze will tone the orange down and pick up the shapes in the wood. The two shellac coats are sealers.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-06-2007 05:59 PM

I’m glad Tom has a fix for you. It’s an object lesson though to all of the need to prepare a test piece in the same wood from start to finish before practicing on your final project. This is no gloat…I’ve stripped back to raw wood myself on more than one of my own projects. It’s just one of the truisms of working wood that is not to be ignored.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 12-08-2007 05:26 AM

A million thanks Tom! Your suggestion worked out well for me.

I’ve attached a couple pics and I’m going to update my projects as well.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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