Need advice on achieving stain look for knotty alder

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Forum topic by Lhouse2012 posted 03-24-2017 01:49 PM 466 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2017 01:49 PM

Doing knotty alder staining on all interior doors and cabinets in new house. I have seen a lot of pictures online that show very blotchy. Trying to avoid that. Any staining tips?

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#1 posted 03-25-2017 12:58 AM

You can get that look various ways, but to me, it’s hiding the beauty of the wood. I build interior doors out of knotty alder and our finish involves pre-stain conditioner, gel stain, and satin wipe-on poly. However, that gives you the look you see here, and not what you’re looking for.

Edit: I forgot to mention that, whatever else, go get some knotty alder and do lots of test pieces to get the color and finish you want. We often go through a dozen sample pieces or more before landing on something we like.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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