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Posted on light patch in dark stain on red oak

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#1 posted 08-10-2016 04:00 PM

Curious, why did you wipe the project down with water before staining? Is it water based stain?
You shouldn’t apply water before oil based stain. And for water based stain / dye you can wet with some water, let dry, sand and clean before applying the colorant.

A smear of dried glue will also limit stain absorption.

As far as tinting / toning the wood, I wouldn’t bother. That is a difficult technique to get right. I have done it with good results, but the learning curve is steep (like Mt. Everest).
If the top can be detached from the bench, just sand it back to bare wood and try again.
Good luck with it.

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