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Forum topic by duane0111 posted 03-11-2008 06:40 AM 2009 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2008 06:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak finishing

I am new at this computer woodworking thing but I have come up with a little problem. I built this cabinet out of 3/4” red oak ply. It is fully assembled and of course stained. Now that it is stained I noticed a yellow blotch right near one of my joins. I think it is a mark from over sanding, is there anyway to fix this seeing as its already stained. It is stained a dark walnut color( miniwax ). The only idea I can come up with is to paint solid color but not liking that idea to much. That will be last resort

-- liddleshop

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#1 posted 03-11-2008 11:31 AM

Hello Duane;
....from your questing for an answer above, I notice you have not sealed the cabinet yet….correct?

As you have included no picture of the area in question, I can only proceed as follows….
—-how big is the area in question?
You might think of cutting out with a chisel to the depth of the red oak laminate and gluing a new piece which you will remove from some extra scrap….

Since I’m working on the assumption of no sealing of the wood as of yet, what about masking off the area with tape and using a combination of ‘more stain’. Please understand that you will want to experiment with the color of the stain on a test piece. In the effort to try this color match up, what about first reproducing the ‘yellow blotch’ on another piece of red oak plywood and then proceeding from there.

Another way of fixing this and one that I believe produces a better color mix is using artist oils and then mixing my own colors for the staining of the wood. And whether you use an all-ready packaged stain or choose to use the artist oils, be sure and remember to mask that area very tight, (you will actually be doing slivers of masking tape)....

....and what I’m trying to show you in these photos is the ability to mask round fine and small areas….

....and remember to use a fine artist brush.

Like I all-ways say, ”mistakes never happen, they are only the previous step in my woodworking journey, before I took the next step!” If you have any more questions….ask away and as all-ways,

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#2 posted 03-12-2008 12:05 AM

Hello frank thank you for the ideas

I was trying to figure out how to get a picture on here still not sure. The mark is about 3.5” round and its right in the middle so it stands out like a sore thumb. If I take that piece out and put a patch from another piece in its place the grain will no longer line up. Oh on your first question it has not been sealed yet. I made that same mess on a spare piece and it is from over sanding. This cabinet/fish tank holder is for a friend and I wont let it leave my shop like this. The mark on the scrap piece will not take the stain like its not soaking in to the wood. I am thinking I am going to have to take the whole front off and start over. I really should have gone with the clear finish, I dont think it would have shown up so bad. Very frustrating this finishing work.

-- liddleshop

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#3 posted 03-12-2008 12:11 AM

you said it was near one of your joints. any chance it is glue? i know that i got some ply with some glue on it and i didn’t notice until i stained it but there was a big yellow spot on the surface. a picture would help. you can get it on by uploading it to a file sharing network and copy and paste the link or put it on a word document and copy and paste the picture. just a thought.

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