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Forum topic by ColonelTravis posted 07-04-2017 04:12 AM 810 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ColonelTravis

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07-04-2017 04:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: end grain stain

Made a wood base out of maple for something insignificant, stained it and wasn’t thinking because I don’t typically stain things. The end grain obviously sucks in a lot. In this particular case it doesn’t matter, but for future reference what’s the best way to make sure stained end grain doesn’t look like garbage?

By the way, I used Charles Neil’s blotch control – it’s fantastic. If you’re staining wood that blotches, get this stuff.


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#1 posted 07-04-2017 04:18 AM

I find end grain in hardwoods benefit from
meticulous hand sanding. You might want
to check your progress with mineral spirits.

Some woods like oak are pretty forgiving but
others are not.

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#2 posted 07-04-2017 04:42 AM

I find that sanding end grain to a very fine grit helps prevent excess absorption. I’ve gone as high 600 if I remember correctly and it did the trick, that plus some sealer.

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#3 posted 07-04-2017 06:14 AM

+1 on the fine grit sanding. Applying a 1/2 lb cut of seal coat and letting it dry before the sanding helps (1/4 Bullseye Seal Coat, 3/4 denatured alcohol).

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

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#4 posted 07-04-2017 05:11 PM

Did not do any of that, will try it next time.
Thanks.

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