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Staining Alder

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Blog series by LucasinBC updated 464 days ago 2 parts 5804 reads 1 comment total

Part 1: Introduction - I feel like Bob Ross

464 days ago by LucasinBC | 1 comment »

Ok so before I get into this I want to make the following three declarations: 1) I am not in any way in favour of using inexpensive (IE cheap) woods and disguising them as expensive (IE high quality) woods in projects. That is not my goal here. 2) I am not a professional woodworker, nor am I a professional finisher, so this is just my own experience as a hobbyist. 3) I am not a proponent of staining or colouring every wood that you finish; I am totally cool normally with leaving woo...

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Part 2: Wood Conditioning / Blotch Control

464 days ago by LucasinBC | 0 comments »

First of all – anyone who has ever dealt with Alder will tell you that it blotches like crazy. It does. I can confirm that. If you wipe on any stain on the bare wood it will blotch significantly, and unpredictably. Unlike other types of wood like maple, where often there are tell-tale signs of where the wood will blotch (grain variations, etc.) Alder offers no hints. You just put on the stain and the next thing you know, you have cow patches all over your board. So that sucked. ...

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