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Forum topic by king_nickizzle posted 11-28-2015 08:16 PM 843 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2015 08:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stain wood wood stain minwax vintage antique

I’m building a table top, and going for a sort of antique honey/brown look. I’ve played around with various Minwax stains. However, I’m using pine, and with certain parts of the grain, they stain quite different than other parts. On my current piece, it’s almost brownish grey and orange. I am wanting less of a range of colors, I really like this.

You can also see some more furniture in action that have a really nice honey-esque color to them in this pdf I put together. My current piece is at the top so you can see what I don’t like. That was mixing special walnut and weathered oak stain by Minwax. I’m not opposed to using another wood like Maple or something. I’ve heard pine can be annoying to stain, it’s just what is readily available at the local hardware stores. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

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#1 posted 11-28-2015 10:02 PM

Pine is notoriously blotchy, start w/ Charles Neil, pre-stain conditioner. Link here. Then can the minwax and get some dyes, start w/ something in the range you want but lighter then add more coats of dye to dial in the tone you want. You have to experiment on scrap to develop a finishing schedule for your project. Good luck, pine is probably the hardest wood to stain.

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#2 posted 11-29-2015 09:57 PM

Agreed, the dye is the way to go.

-- Gail, White Wood Kitchens

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#3 posted 11-30-2015 12:50 AM

Amber shellac from the big box stores gives pine a nice look IMHO.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 11-30-2015 12:59 AM

Sanding the pine with up to 400 grit helps tremendously in addition to the pre-stain conditioner.

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#5 posted 11-30-2015 02:36 AM

You could just go with dye and not have to use any “pre-conditioner” crap, use a wash coat of de-waxed shellac (1 lb. cut) for conditioner if you think you need it, lots cheaper than glue sizing that was mentioned.

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