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Forum topic by Joe posted 10-18-2018 06:50 PM 505 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2018 06:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stain finishing bleed through

I’m building a table for my wife’s craft room out of a 4×8 sheet of 3/4” oak plywood. It will have cherry edging 3/4” thick. Pretty simple project but I have a question on the staining. She wants the table a golden oak color and the edges darker cherry. I was planning to stain everything before gluing the edges on. I expect there will be some planing/scraping after glue up to level the edges. I’m concerned that leveling the edges will go deeper than the stain and when I touch up the stain it will bleed into the oak plywood. Any suggestions? For what it’s worth, I’ll also be rounding over the edges and corners after stain and glue up.

-- Joe

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#1 posted 10-18-2018 09:38 PM

I done see that you need to stain at all. The wood already has the colors your wife wants. Use some scraps and try your favorite clear coat to get finishing approval. Personally, I would hit it with a coat of BLO, wait a week or two, then go over it with a couple of coats of shellac. Shellac is great for working surfaces. Easy to repair, easy to remove glue drips, and I like the way amber shellac looks.

Do some test pieces. Staining before you’re completely done shaping the pieces is doomed to failure. At least it would be for me. I don’t see that I could ever get the newly exposed wood to match the previously stained portions without blemishes of one sort or another.

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#2 posted 10-18-2018 11:28 PM

Agree with the not staining, as you’re already using the wood you need. Although, be sure to test the cherry with scrap if you’re using BLO as cherry tends to absorb oil in a way that can make the finish look blotchy. Shellac is a great finish, just make sure you don’t put drinks on it.

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#3 posted 10-18-2018 11:42 PM

Just build the table and stain everything with the golden oak.
The light color won’t have much affect on the cherry, you will still have the contrast your looking for.
Make a sample.

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#4 posted 10-18-2018 11:54 PM

Thank you for the responses. Can you define BLO?

-- Joe

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#5 posted 10-18-2018 11:55 PM

Ahhhhh! Boiled Linseed Oil

-- Joe

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#6 posted 10-18-2018 11:59 PM

What about leaving the cherry in the sun a couple weeks before assembly and finish?

Check here to see a single piece cut and applied various finishes and put in sun for 2 weeks vs some not in sun.

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#7 posted 10-20-2018 11:25 AM

I appreciate all the comments. This is a rush job that has to be wrapped up ASAP so no time to allow for the sun to do its’ trick. I think I’m going to do the glue up, finish all the shaping and sanding and give it a coat of a fairly light stain and finish. The room is quite bright so the sun will darken the cherry quick enough. Thanks guys.

-- Joe

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