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Forum topic by wannadoitall posted 11-20-2010 11:33 PM 1297 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-20-2010 11:33 PM

Okay, this is a little embarrassing – I can’t remember at all whether or not I already asked this – if I did I can’t find any history of it, so maybe I didn’t. If I did, bear with me again…

My current project is from a bunch of wood that I literally tore apart from an old bed frame. I have “refurbished” the wood as best as I can, which includes a whole lot of spots of wood filler (Famewood brand). It’s just about ready to be finished now, and I am trying to figure out what stain will work best for it. Something that will look as consistent as possible throughout, including the wood filler parts.

Any ideas? Thanks guys.. or maybe, thanks again! :)

-- -Angela, "Christos Anesti!"

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#1 posted 11-21-2010 12:20 AM

Any idea of what wood you are working with? Is this plywood? Hardwood?Pine? ??? We are in the dark here. How about a picture or two or three?

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#2 posted 11-21-2010 12:35 AM

If you are spraying, you might consider toning rather than trying to get a stain to match on wood and filler.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 11-21-2010 01:17 AM

shipwright – good idea! i’ll look into that…

lilredweldingrod – sorry, i’m a little in the dark here myself. as it was just wood from an old bed frame – that wasn’t even mine originally, i have no idea what kind of wood i’m working with. my thoughts are that it is either pine or fir or some variation thereof…

-- -Angela, "Christos Anesti!"

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#4 posted 11-21-2010 01:43 AM

Since the wood and filler absorb at differing rates, there’s always the risk that using a stain will yield unsatisfactory results.

To play it safe, I like to sealcoat it and then tone it like shipwright mentioned. You can then control the amount of color without it being absorbed into the wood (and filler). Whereas you obscure the grain in this way, that’s not always a bad thing. It’s a good technique for cabinetry, whereas you can keep a subtle appearance of the wood grain and yet get the color you want. After toning, you can then glaze to add depth or effects to the work.

If you stain, then you can always touch-up the filler spots (sealed it) to match the stain. Then, when you top-coat it, nobody is the wiser for it.

But I like toning it, especially when dealing with projects with reclaimed wood or mixtures of plywood and hardwood. Color is much easier that way.

-- jay,

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#5 posted 11-21-2010 03:43 AM

Thanks Cosmicsniper! Great info, I didn’t think about the sealcoat idea. I think I may just try doing it this way. Thanks a lot!

-- -Angela, "Christos Anesti!"

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#6 posted 11-22-2010 05:49 AM

i have used this Clear Sealcoat (shellac) – Stain – Poly approach with one of my first cabinets that ended up containing three kinds of wood. Stained it oak as most of the project was red oak and the results were excellent I see that cabinet every day and am amazed it worked. There was even some wood filler in the corners that turned out ok. Good luck with it.

-- Ron, Aptos, CA

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