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Carey Mitchell

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#1 posted 08-24-2016 01:03 AM

In producing the veneer layer the plywood, it is peeled from the log using a device that looks like a huge lathe (think that’s what they call it) with a blade 8 feet long. The wood fibers become separated somewhat as the thin layer (even thinner these days) is shaved off. The veneer is thus less dense than the solid wood and sucks up the stain.

I stopped using oil based stains about 10 years ago due to the difficulty and poor results. I have had really great results with Transtint stains, as I can blend colors as needed. More important, I can dilute and “sneak up” on the color I want as well as easily and quickly apply additional coats where needed.

I have really had great success applying with a cheap air brush. This has even allowed me to deal with whitewood on both walnut and cherry. I just go for a very fine profile and keep applying to the lighter areas until they match the rest. That was used on a couple of my projects on this site and I dare you to find the whitewood. The air brush cost about $15.

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