Tried staining pine with the same schedule: sanded the box to final grit 150; dyed with TT Brown Mahogany, almost no grain was raised after application of the dye solution in water—no scuffing was done; wiped on a good coat of Minwax Tung oil finish—no saturation though, as the wood absorbed all oil; applied Minwax Mahogany gel. Here is the result—something I am looking for:
Newly stained pine (right) compared to previously stained oak—quite a difference:
Somehow the same schedule gave dark reddish brown on pine and only golden brown without any hint of red on the oak. How is this possible? I’ve stained a new oak sample along with this pine box with the same schedule except that the tung oil step was omitted—same golden brown with no red undertones.
To make it even more confusing, a pine sample board, which I test stained after sanding to different final grits, doesn’t show as much red in it (left—test pine, right—pine box).
Does it have anything to do with the ability of the woods to retain the gel stain? The mahogany gel stain has red tones in it, but it doesn’t stay on my oak samples.
Quite confused at this point…
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