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Hendrik Varju is a well known furniture designer/craftsman who operates “Passion for Wood” near Toronto, Canada. He also offers woodworking courses and seminars and has been widely published in woodworking magazines in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. In 2007, Hendrik started producing DVD courses and he has offered to provide some of them as prizes in Lumberjocks’ contests. You can see the full list of all of Hendrik’s DVD courses here: http://passionforwood.com/woodworking/dvds.htm.

This week, the prize is Hendrik’s fifth DVD course called “Surface Preparation and Staining”. It is 9 hours long and focuses on all the surface preparation you need to do before staining and finishing, as well as staining information and techniques for hand application. It also has a long and detailed bonus section on tuning and sharpening card scrapers and scraper planes. You can read more about this 5-DVD set here: http://passionforwood.com/woodworking/dvds-surface-preparation-staining.html. It is valued at Cdn. $94.95 + taxes and shipping.


To enter to win this contest, just post a comment giving your answer to this question: “In your opinion, what is the #1 pitfall most people fall into that prevents them from achieving a successful stain application on a furniture project?” Post a comment by Feb. 14th and Hendrik will choose his favourite answer. Then we’ll let you know how to claim your prize. Hendrik will ship it directly to your home at no cost to you.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)



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grizzman

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#1 posted 204 days ago

making sure you have sanded the piece very well will make the surface ready to the point of possibly using a filler, some woods are very porous and should have a grain filler used and sanded to a smooth finish, making sure the surface is clean of any debris, i also like to do a small test of the stain on a test piece to see how it will turn out then depending on how it turned out make adjustments, its time to put on the first coat of stain or finish.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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CharlesA

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#2 posted 204 days ago

Not understanding the specific characteristics of different species of wood and therefore using the same type of stain and same staining technique every type of wood.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

#3 posted 204 days ago

For me, my worst failures in staining have been caused by lack of preparing the wood for the stain. That includes careful glue removal, sanding, cleaning and conditioning. Few finishing processes are as demanding as staining and though I don’t especially like to go through those steps, they are the most important on the way to a good finish.

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 204 days ago

Fail to take steps to ptevent blotching, or uneven application of stain.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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jdmaher

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#5 posted 204 days ago

Insufficient knowledge, resulting in inadequate surface preparation.

Surface preparation may require cleaning, sanding, filling, conditioning, all or none of the above. What’s required depends primarily on type of wood, type of stain and desired result.

That’s several factors and several potentially required activities, giving us LOTS of opportunity to screw it up.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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Skylark53

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#6 posted 204 days ago

Sanding. Failing to sand properly and completely in prepping the wood for the stain and finish.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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hairy

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#7 posted 204 days ago

There is no one size fits all . Some woods are oily, some are ring porous, each has it’s own needs.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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Ampeater

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#8 posted 204 days ago

For me, it is the lack of patience. There are so many decisions that have to be made and completed during the process. For many of us, woodworking is a hobby, so we lack the knowledge and experience to complete the staining and finishing on our projects.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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MrFid

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#9 posted 204 days ago

Overstaining, or not wiping off enough stain after application. For me, this leaves blotchy patches especially on oily woods. This is probably tied into a lack of patience and wanting a darker color in fewer coats that results in this.

Also, I confused ‘spilled beer’ with ‘stain’ for my first few woodworking projects. Thanks!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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woodchuckerNJ

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#10 posted 204 days ago

Probably not checking their work before they stain.
Using mineral spirits to highlight imperfections, or using a bright incandesent light at a high angle.
For blotchy woods not using a shellac wash coat to seal the wood from blotching.

-- Jeff NJ

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GOOD LUCK TO ALL

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#11 posted 204 days ago

I believe lack of planning is the #1 Pitfall.
Surface prep is a given, but if you haven’t planned what type stain or your method of application, or when or what parts need to be stained, then when you get to the end of your project your choices are limited.
Planning your stain, color and type, also needs to be done before hand by making samples.
Sum it all up, planning your stain needs to be as big of a part as planning your build.

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lightweightladylefty

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#12 posted 204 days ago

Ms. Debbie,

When is the deadline? [“Post a comment before (insert contest deadline here)”]

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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GOOD LUCK TO ALL

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#13 posted 204 days ago

Hi lightweightladylefty, She has Feb 14 in the title.

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lightweightladylefty

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#14 posted 204 days ago

Thanks, Kevin. I guess that was just a little too obvious for me!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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MsDebbieP

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#15 posted 204 days ago

oops … multi-tasking and missed that part.. .
Feb. 14th (it’s in the title, at least.. phew)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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