|Forum topic by weathersfuori||posted 08-10-2016 11:03 AM||400 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
08-10-2016 11:03 AM
This forum has been a huge help to me, and the few times I’ve posted I’ve gotten some excellent answers. Hoping you all can help me on this one…
I’m working on an entryway/mudroom bench for a client (my first big sale- most of the stuff I’ve sold to this point has been smaller, crafty stuff) and everything to this point has been as close to perfect as I am capable. The last step was to stain the bench top, which I made out of red oak from a local lumberyard.
3” boards were joined, edges were routed with a roundover bit, everything was sanded to 150 and then 220. I wiped all surfaces down with tack cloth and brought it inside the house two night ago. I tested a few different stains on a piece of scrap that was sanded and wiped just like the piece and was happy with the color, so last night I decided to go ahead and stain it. Minwax Wood Finish Ebony was the stain of choice.
I started by dampening a kitchen towel and wiping the surfaces to be stained to open up the grain a little. I then applied the stain with a foam brush, let it sit for 5-10 minutes, and wiped it off with a clean rag. As I’m wiping, I’m absolutely loving the stain… it looked better than I expected and exactly how the customer wanted…
...Until I got to the front edge of the piece and noticed one strip about 6-7” long and an inch wide was not taking the stain as well as the rest of the piece. I’m not sure how well it will show up in the attached picture, and I’m sure it looks worse to me than it will to the customer (she’s been very easy to work with and more focused on function than appearance, but still…), but it is bugging the crap out of me because I was so proud of this project up to this point. I almost wish it had happened elsewhere on the piece just so it looked a little more random!
So… at this point, #1 question is, is there any way to “fix” this, i.e. somehow darken that area without making the whole thing look worse, or am I better off leaving it alone? After about an hour or two I tried to put another coat of stain on that area, but when I wiped it off, it didn’t look any different.
I’m guessing I must have either missed this area when wiping it down with the wet towel, or perhaps this area didn’t dry enough after wiping? I’ll worry about the cause afterwards, right now I just need to focus on what, if anything I can do to fix it.
Thanks in advance for any advice, including “sorry, you’re screwed!”
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