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Jeremymcon

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#1 posted 12-13-2018 06:41 PM

I’ve had this happen with red oak too. I think the solution will be to thin the polyurethane and use it as a wipe on poly. You might also try a couple seal coats of shellac over the stain? Sometimes I think the big open pores of red oak contribute to the bubbling. Maybe if you can fill them a bit with shellac it’ll help.

The stain doesn’t look blotchy to me, I don’t think. That’s what red oak looks like when it’s stained. If you want more even color between early wood and late wood rings, try a dye or a toner (shellac with dye in it). Not sure a straight dye would go well over a stain – usually you’d dye first.

If you can’t bring the project somewhere where it’s warmer, maybe try to use a water based finish instead? Polycrylic can look really nice, and goes in fine over an oil based stain as long as it’s fully cured/dried. You could also do a seal coat of shellac before the polycrylic if you’re concerned about the stain not being fully cured. Shellac is great stuff.


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