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Forum topic by Walt posted 03-24-2016 04:52 PM 481 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Walt

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03-24-2016 04:52 PM

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I am making a blanket chest. It has plywood panels made of 1/4 in. Maple plywood . The body of the chest
Is made from Red Oak. I want to stain the maple to a shade equal to or one or two shades lighter.
I would appriciate any advice
Project can be viewed in my projectsc

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware, http://waltlumley@yahoo.com


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upinflames

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#1 posted 03-24-2016 09:38 PM

wash coat of dewaxed shellac,sand it back with 220-320 grit, have to play with the color of stain on a scrap piece to get it where you want it, then top coat with your choice of top coat

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#2 posted 03-24-2016 09:45 PM

I have heard of this but most say to only sand to 120 to 150 grit. How does Minwax sanding sealer compare to shellac ?

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware, http://waltlumley@yahoo.com

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#3 posted 03-24-2016 10:07 PM

Never used minwax sanding sealer, but the shellac works, if you use 120 to 150 you pretty much sand it all off. I never had a problem with using 320.

grit

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#4 posted 03-24-2016 10:11 PM

Thanks I will start testing tomorrow

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware, http://waltlumley@yahoo.com

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#5 posted 03-25-2016 01:38 PM

Maple loves to blotch when stained. Here is some info on dealing with it. Spraying shellac won’t blotch, and the shellac can be tinted with Transtint or other dyes for the color wanted.

Glue sizing was used on the clock below to control blotching in the soft maple before staining.

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#6 posted 03-25-2016 03:08 PM

Yeah, glue sizing would work pretty well with maple. I can’t find any pics but I did some built in bookcases with aspen face frames…...holy cow…that stuff is a PITA…..finally went with glue sizing on it and it turned out wonderful. The only thing to add to all this is remember when you use any “conditioner” is that the stain will come out lighter, have to play with the color.

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#7 posted 03-25-2016 03:21 PM

Thanks all for the advices. I learned something from here. I’m a newbie here…

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#8 posted 03-25-2016 04:17 PM

New carpenter This is the best site for learning. I have found the answer to many questions by asking in a forum.
Welcome and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware, http://waltlumley@yahoo.com

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