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Posted on To paint or to stain?

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#1 posted 10-15-2009 06:41 PM

I agree with Rick. Anything I make that consists of poplar, birch or pine goes right to priming after the glue dries.

I agree with you on trying your hand with inexpensive woods to get acquainted with the woodworking processes, I would just hate for you to get frustrated when it comes to the finishing. Poplar can get ungly when it tries to accept stain. Finishing is an art for sure and there are woods that thrive under stain/oils and those that don’t.

Keep in mind that a 16 month old son quickly turns into a toy-wielding furniture banging boy in no time flat. Touching up small dings with left-over paint sure helps keep you sane.

... and that’s my two cents.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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