Staining the seat. As mentioned, I’m using a dark walnut gel stain. This is what it looks like before wiping it off.I actually really like the way this looks. If for some reason the finish turns out horribly, at least I know I can resort to a paint to get it to look like this.
....annnndd this is what it looks like after wiping it off. Once gain, I’m satisfied but by no means ecstatic. I opted not to use wood conditioner since it is a gel stain and gel stain should control blotching, but, alas, I still got a bit of blotching and uneven color. I think in the future, if I am coloring pine, I will opt for dye instead of stain.
Regardless, the seat is almost done. Just have 2-3 more sides to do, the bottom/underneath and the right side. I also have the internal sides of the side slats which I’ve saved for last. Once that’s done, it’ll be time for polyurethane. I’m going to dilute my poly with 50% mineral spirits or naptha (haven’t decided which yet) and wipe on 7-8 coats.
And here is the rest of the seat all fully stained and cured for 24hrs.
I also fixed my previous error with the misaligned back rest support bar hole and stained that support bar as well.
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