Finishing Rustic Cedar Rails

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Forum topic by Chad_S posted 06-15-2011 03:49 PM 1479 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-15-2011 03:49 PM

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I am working on replacing all the railings for my log cabin so far I have made about 90’ of railings. I am getting to the point where I need to start applyin the Finish to the Railings. However the few test pieces That I have done so far are not accept the semi transparent stain. The Railings are made out of white Cedar poles that have been striped of the bark and the smooth wood is exposed. where I have milled the wood the stain soaks right in like a thirsty camel but the unmilled surface is not taking in any bit of the stain. I really don’t want to sand all the rails because I think that will change the look. any Ideas to open the pores or a difffent method of applying the stain?

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#1 posted 06-15-2011 05:19 PM

Try applying water on top of the surface first.

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#2 posted 06-15-2011 07:51 PM

If it’s so smooth that it will not absorb the stain you may have to only sand with 220. But I do think sanding is the answer.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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