staining live edge cedar shelf

  • Advertise with us

« back to Finishing forum

Forum topic by SupDa posted 03-21-2017 02:53 AM 109 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View SupDa's profile


2 posts in 2 days

03-21-2017 02:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing cedar

I’m new to this (or any) woodworking forum and I come here because I’m scared to complete my live edge cedar shelf project. I’ve used a red cedar slab as it has a beautiful grain and nice spectrum of colours but I’m putting it in a room that has other live edged pieces (fireplace mantel and window frame -unfortunately fir, not cedar). I’ve bought every close MinWax and Old Masters (gel) and even combined them to no avail. It’s now not a question of colour, I’ve come to grips with the fact that I can’t stain cedar to look like fir, but every time I try a new colour on a test piece (scrap from the same plank I’ve got the shelf from) I notice that the stain actually hides the grain a bit and makes the cedar look muddy. I need to pull the colour down to get into the a hue close to what’s there but I don’t want to lose the beautiful look of the shelf. Any suggestions?

3 replies so far

View jerryminer's profile


626 posts in 1011 days

#1 posted 03-21-2017 04:10 AM

Wood bleach, maybe? Would take out a lot of the color so you could get closer to the fir.

Wood Bleach

How to bleach wood

View SupDa's profile


2 posts in 2 days

#2 posted 03-22-2017 07:06 PM

Thanks for the suggestion but I don’t want to lose the beauty of this slab. I’ve found a local finishing store (Mohawk Finishing Products) that will custom mix stains based on any sample I bring them. Hopefully I can work with that. Thanks again for the reply

View bondogaposis's profile


4208 posts in 1921 days

#3 posted 03-22-2017 07:41 PM

Use dye instead of stain.

-- Bondo Gaposis

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics