Mission-style nightstand

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Project by rpete posted 10-02-2017 05:02 AM 1361 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made with Alder and stained with red mahogany. Two coats of poly. Mortis and tenon throughout. Not really happy with the finish, too much contrast between the lights and darks. I think this is due to trying to stain a light wood to dark? Maybe if I started with Cherry or Mahogany it would be closer to what I’m looking for…

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#1 posted 10-02-2017 05:57 AM

Even sideways it’s very, very nice.

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#2 posted 10-02-2017 03:28 PM

With softer woods like alder, the difference in hardness between the softer and harder layers of the wood (growth rings) causes a difference in absorption of the stain. Harder woods don’t have this problem. One way to combat this is to use a pre-stain conditioner. Also stains that sit on top of the wood (like gel stains) work too.

Regardless, you made a very nice mission-style piece. That’s how I got started and ended up filling the house with arts & crafts furniture.

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#3 posted 10-02-2017 09:31 PM

Pete, alder is also a blotch prone wood so a pre-stain conditioner is definitely the way to go. OTOH, some people like the look of blotching because it is more natural. Even some hardwoods have blotching issues, like maple for example. And, I agree, it is a great looking project, well done.

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