Finish carpentry in new house

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Blog entry by mirkwood posted 04-14-2010 03:39 AM 872 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been involved in the lengthy process of doing the finish carpentry of a new house we had built in the vacation land of Minnesota. It was built on land we purchased many years ago and have now retired to. The most challenging part up until now has been the windows. There are twenty three in all and I am finishing them in the old craftsman , arts and crafts style of the early 20th century. So far I have completed 15 of the 23 windows and have gained a great deal of experience in the process. I started in pine but had trouble maintaining good consistency with the stain. I have since switched to red oak , which is far less time consuming and easier to do. Anyone out there who has the secret to less blotchy dark pine stain , other than the obvious prestain conditioner , I would appreciate any input .

-- Tom, Minnesota ,http:www.jackpine

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#1 posted 04-14-2010 04:04 AM

Gel stain or one of the colored shellac’s(see The gel stain will still blotch if you’re not careful with it, wipe it on lightly and carefully. The shellac I’ve only tested on scraps recently, but it seemed to be more or less blotch-proof.

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#2 posted 04-19-2010 02:16 PM

I have heard that if you wash down the pine with mineral spirits first, let dry then apply the stain it will/should go on more evenly. Give it a shot.

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#3 posted 05-08-2010 08:07 PM

Just an update on the idea of pine blotch. The suggestion of JonSnc1 sounds like it might very well work and I’m certainlly going to give it a try very soon . Since I had a good share of mineral spirits on hand , I tried Waldschrats idea and it seemed to work , it also reminded me of the solution to the problem I had learned years ago from someone .

-- Tom, Minnesota ,http:www.jackpine

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