Old pine lumber is two different colors!

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Forum topic by nancydobs posted 12-04-2017 02:43 PM 538 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2017 02:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: reclaimed wood uneven color

I’m trying to stain pieces of old reclaimed 2 X12 lumber, may be red pine, for farmhouse kitchen shelves. After applying oil based wood conditioner, the wood is two distinctly different colors. Oil based stains of any color just the problem. What is the dark area? It is all the way through the wood!

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#1 posted 12-04-2017 07:03 PM

Looks like some deep weathering to me. Part of the character of reclaimed wood.

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#2 posted 12-04-2017 07:23 PM

Old beetle kill pine. It goes in cycles through history.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-04-2017 08:03 PM

Looks like blue stain pine caused by beetles. Most people try to bring it out rather than hide it.

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#4 posted 12-04-2017 08:12 PM

That looks nice – embrace it.

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#5 posted 12-04-2017 09:41 PM

Thank you all for your quick replies! Interesting theories on the strange coloration. I was stumped! The darker area grabbed stain like crazy while the lighter areas repelled it. I was afraid to let the wood conditioner dry up, so I had to choose from what stains I had on hand. I chose the darker stain which eliminated the yellow tone of the lighter areas. Probably lost a lot of the “reclaimed” natural look. But I learned a few things, and the shelves are up!

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#6 posted 12-04-2017 11:31 PM

Those look mighty nice.

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