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Coffee Table Build #8: Stain

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Blog entry by RoadHogg posted 11-29-2014 11:32 PM 1200 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yes, stain. The guy who wants the table built wanted it stained. The stain he chose is acceptable IMO. It’s a Minwax stain called “Red Mahogany”.

I sanded 60 (on the feet only) then 80, 120, 180 and ended with 220 grit…all by hand. It didn’t take all that long really and I enjoyed listening to audio streaming on the computer while I worked.

I also stained the small drawer fronts. I have yet to sand the top and the large drawer.

Today I sanded and stained the large drawer and applied amber shellac to the drawer boxes. I applied one coat, let it dry then sanded with 360 and applied a second coat. I’m just learning how to apply shellac so it might not look quite right. Any advice is welcomed.

-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang, ReadWatchDo.com



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bheckson

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#1 posted 11-30-2014 03:22 AM

I read an article a few weeks ago about using a wood conditioner before staining and I was wondering if you did or not? It seems that your stain came out very even and not blotchy. Thanks and good work!

-- #makedust

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RoadHogg

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#2 posted 11-30-2014 03:35 AM

I used nothing beyond 220 grit sandpaper. I have it on good authority that it is almost impossible to make a mess of staining white oak. Other woods are less forgiving however. I understand maple is particularly troublesome.

-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang, ReadWatchDo.com

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Mark Kornell

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#3 posted 12-01-2014 07:09 AM

It is really coming together, Brad. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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RoadHogg

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#4 posted 12-01-2014 10:22 PM

Thanks Mark. My excuse now is, I’m waiting for my Lee Valley router bit to route a thumbnail edge on the top. Then it can be cut to size, sanded and stained. Then it’s off to the finishers for post-cat lacquer or that conversion varnish you mentioned.

-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang, ReadWatchDo.com

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