Gel stained Pine

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Project by Dogboy posted 04-03-2011 06:02 AM 3604 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Repurposed 2×4 and 2×6 pine from from flood damaged basement and a former loft bed. add a few feet of rope trim. and we have a couple of cool shelves

-- No mistakes, just kindling

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#1 posted 04-03-2011 03:05 PM

Excellent salvage!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 04-03-2011 05:30 PM

which gel stain did you use? what was your process? any close up pics? lol thanks, looks great.

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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#3 posted 04-04-2011 05:28 AM

I will post some close ups soon. For the shelves I ripped the lumber into 1.5 by 1.5 inch strips and laminated them into planks, belt sanded and planed to final thickness. The sides, bottom, and top were also reclaimed lumber planed to final thickness and cut/edge glued to remove defects. The idea for the sides frame and panel look I picked up from a wood smith magazine. The back is tongue and groove car siding (admittedly not reclaimed). The staining was tricky. I pretreated with half cut shellac and used Old master gel stain (merlot color).

As for the stain I tried applying as the directions indicated, but it looked really bad, so I sanded it all down, reapplied shellac and experimented. In the end I had the best results applying the gel stain with a foam brush and instead of wiping off the excess I used a dry foam brush remove gross excess but mostly just attempted to smooth and blend. Finally, I topped it with 2 coats of poly urethane I still have enough of the laminated shelves for one more tall case and plan to bang them out this summer.

-- No mistakes, just kindling

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#4 posted 04-05-2011 03:38 PM

Beautiful stain job!

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."

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#5 posted 06-05-2013 07:35 PM

Nice work! Does the stain look as great in person as it does in the pics? I hate staining pine, never had any luck making it look that good!


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#6 posted 06-05-2013 08:20 PM

ya it looks good, but only after I discovered the joys of gel stain after half cut shellac. The wood Whisperer website has a piece on staining blotchy wood. Pretty much followed his advice.

-- No mistakes, just kindling

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