Stain Sticks

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Project by davetruman posted 07-10-2016 12:32 PM 907 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was always struggling to find the exact stains to match up my projects so I created these stain sticks. They’re made up of 1” x 12” x ¼” scrap wood. I then cut up 1” x 1 ½” x 1/8” pieces of the most common woods I use, Walnut, Mahogany, Cherry, Oak, Maple and Pine for my samples. Using my CNC I engraved the name of the stain and number on the front and the type of wood on the back. Then I dado 1’ x 9” x 1/8” off the front of the sticks and glued all the pieces together. Once finished I gave them a lite sanding, applied the coordinated stains and finished them off with a polyurethane coating. These may have been a little time consuming to make but they have saved me a lot of time and money in the long run.

-- Dave

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 07-10-2016 12:40 PM

Time consuming is probably an understatement but worth it. Good idea and well done.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 07-10-2016 05:42 PM

Wow, a lot of work there but worth it if you use a lot of stains on a lot of woods.


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#3 posted 07-11-2016 04:35 PM

Realy awesome project and very handy help in workshop. I always wonder how stain will look when dry and so on..
This makes choice of colours much simplified.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 07-11-2016 07:09 PM

I usually make a stain sample stick every time I do a project. The problem is that I then toss the stick into the scrap after I’m done (only to repeat the process several months later).

Wonderful idea to keep them handy and organized, maybe I’ll learn something 8^)

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