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Forum topic by KnickKnack posted 09-21-2011 07:48 PM 1383 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2011 07:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sanding staining

I’ve making this “thing” (we’ll call it that for now), consisting of several basically straight pieces of wood, pine in fact, jointed together with dowels.
What I would like to do, is to stain the pieces of wood different colours – not usually my thing but actually appropriate in this case – and I’m talking primary, in your face colours, rather than subtle wood colours.
So far so good.
The problem is that, after assembly, there’s always some sanding to be done – some around the glue bleed out, some on the dowels (which will be visible “dots” on the piece), (some also because nothing ever fits quite perfectly in my world, but I’m not really admitting to that)
But sanding will remove the stain, or at best lighten it – so you’ll be able to tell what did, and didn’t, get sanded.
The piece is such that staining after assembly would be very difficult.

Are there any tips, techniques, magic incantations that would help me with this?

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 09-22-2011 04:29 AM

You could just pre-stain all the pieces, tape all your joints to protect from glue squeeze out, get your dowels spot on and assemble hoping that everything goes smooth and it is ready for finish straight out of the clamps. Take a lot of care and it may come out ok.
Other than that having not seen the project it’s hard to say, you remark it would be difficult to stain post assembly, might it be easier to mask and spray the stain at that point?

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#2 posted 10-03-2011 07:12 AM

You should check your quality of your wood surface before staining. It is quite difficult, but when you get use you can do it well.

You can use a light that is directly shined to the wood, or you can wipe a thin stain to wood. Both method will help you to view the wood and find the glue splotches or scratches on the wood.

How to sand the wood.

Lamp to inspect the unfinished wood furniture.


good luck


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#3 posted 10-12-2011 07:06 PM

have you tried to stain after assembly. try using a small brush and paint the stain on. then carfully wipe excess off. the glue in the joint may act as a barrier and keep the stain from bleeding from one board to the next.

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