Solid Maple Sofa Table

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Project by DeputyMike posted 10-19-2012 02:29 PM 1240 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a pretty fun project, the frame was solid 8/4 Maple, the top was 4/4, with a General Finishes water stain (Espresso). This was my first time using a water based stain. While I was happy with the look, next time I will wet the wood to raise the grain, then sand it again, and THEN stain! After I applied this stain, I had to try and very lightly sand the raised grain without messing with the stain. That was not fun. I am very interested in any of you guys/gals input on the use of water-based stains.

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#1 posted 10-19-2012 08:16 PM

Looks like it turned out nice. Regarding your staining procedure; did you use a sealer or preconditioner prior to the stain? My general understanding in both reading and personal practice is to apply a sealer first, which will allow the grain to raise, then lightly sand down all the rough, and then stain, or finish. I typically use the wax-less shellac (zinsers seal coat) for that step. It also seems to allow the wood to take the next finish, weather it be stain or topcoat, more evenly. But I must say, I don’t generally stain, but just finish, so my experience with it is limited. Most of the stuff I use after the zinsers is water based, and that is always true if I am spraying.

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#2 posted 10-19-2012 09:55 PM

Super build it looks great.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 10-20-2012 02:24 PM

Well done, looks great!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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