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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 08-16-2010 11:47 PM

Jerry, You shouldn’t have any trouble finishing alder. Experiment with your stains first to see what type works best. I think sanding to 150 or 180 should be good. Alder should take stain more consistently than some woods like soft maple They tend to be very blotchy if you don’t use a toner of some sort. I have found alder to stain relatively evenly. Lacquer works great as a finish—I don’t know what you use. You may match the color of walnut, but the grain is more subtle.

Jump in with some scraps and see what happens.


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