|Forum topic by TheDane||posted 10-20-2010 08:23 PM||6460 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
10-20-2010 08:23 PM
I made a big mistake a week or so back, and wound up making a mess of a weekend project.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have any 4/4 or 3/4” stock, and the only decent millwork shop in the area keeps hours that would make a banker blush.
I decided to take the easy way, and pick up some S4S Red Oak at Menards … you know, the shrink-wrapped stuff. I bought two 6 foot long 1×10’s, one for each table. According to the store, the face sides are sanded to 180-grit, which AFAIK should be ready for finishing.
The lumber looked fine when I unwrapped it, so I marked and cut the pieces, and did a minimal amount of sanding (after all, this stuff is S4S, which means Surfaced 4 Sides). The 2 tables looked absolutely perfect before I stained them.
My daughter likes dark furniture, so I used MinWax Dark Walnut Gel Stain, which looked fine when I applied it. But when I did the wipe-off, the parts for one of the tables had large areas where the gel stain just did not penetrate. On further inspection, it was obvious that something had been smeared on the board, then wiped off … there was even a distinguishable thumb print! They looked worse than terrible.
I let the gel stain cure for a few days, then sanded it off (thankfully, my drum sander made short work of this), then re-stained the pieces from table #2.
Hindsight is always 20/20 … I should have wiped on some mineral spirits to check the grain appearance, but I normally do that looking for glue stains and since I didn’t use any glue … it never occurred to me that shrink-wrapped S4S stock would exhibit such a problem.
I mentioned this to the manager at the store where I bought the lumber, and though he was sympathetic, said there is nothing they can do once the plastic wrap is off these boards. They get a premium price for this stuff … a little over $7 per board foot.
I won’t be buying any more shrink-wrapped hardwood at Menards.
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"