The difference in look between a very dark stain finish (Kona) and a natural (Boiled Linseed Oil) finish on milled pallet wood is obvious. I made up a few gravity defying bottle holders, two for wine bottles, the other for beer and soda bottles. On the latter, I felt the smaller holder lacked character au naturale, so I made this one only with the dark finish. One application of the Kona stain produced a beautiful dark chocolate character I have fallen in love with. Tomorrow I will give both a thick coat of Original Formula Johnson’s Paste Wax.
I admit that the natural finish on pallet wood with a strong grain characteristic looks fine without staining, but I’m still a dark wood fan on small applications such as these. After seeing the look of the dark stain, I am pretty much sold on applying the Kona stain to the prototype wine and bottle rack.