Kill Beetle Pine Finishing?????

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Forum topic by dust4tears posted 08-12-2012 03:29 PM 6448 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-12-2012 03:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: help sign making kill beetle pine finishing

Yellllloooo Mr. and MizzeZ Lumberjocks~

I am making a sign out of Kill Beetle Pine for a wedding. I want to do my best to bring out the color
of the wood and I am not sure how I should.

Items I have to finish are Shellac, Danish Oil, Teak oil, and ‘natural’ stain color.

I have used teak oil to bring out the color of redwoods.

I was going to paint the names white, the bottom letters black, (or maybe white too) and the “J” and the last name I was thinking of staining ‘espresso’ color…....and then I want to really bring out the color of the grain….

And y’all please give me suggestions on how to finish it to make the grain ‘pop’?

Thanks and Happy Sunday!

(My crumb~snatcher likes to ‘photo-bomb’ my woodworking pictures~~~)

-- Ride hard or go home~

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#1 posted 08-12-2012 10:42 PM

No takers?

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#2 posted 08-12-2012 11:24 PM

Most of the products that my shop puts out are beetle kill pine. I have tried just about every option for getting the grain to ‘pop’. Shellac wasn’t worth the time it took to put on. BLO didn’t really do anything. In my opinion if you stain this stuff you wreck it. I wouldn’t stain it without using a good conditioner like the one offered from Charles Neil. My best results come from just plain old lacquer.

Here is a duck painted black to give you an idea of the contrast you can expect.

This is ebony stain (without conditioner) and a gloss topcoat

Here is a project with just semi-gloss lacquer

Nice looking sign you got there!

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#3 posted 08-12-2012 11:47 PM

Great pictures RRWW, thanks…

The look of the lacquer is what I am after….

Thanks for the response!

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#4 posted 08-13-2012 12:33 AM

I use water based poly with my beetle kill projects. Maybe contact Rockyblue (LJ). He speacializes in Beetle Kill Blue Pine.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 08-13-2012 12:36 AM

Try Minwax Natural. Acts like a bit of a conditioner, yet makes all the wood I ever put it on POP!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#6 posted 08-13-2012 02:36 AM

Thanks folks!
Monte, it is funny you recommend him. I just happened to be looking at his webpage via a Google search and was going to call him in the a.m…( I did email him and asked if he could pipe in if he has time)

I do have a major disadvantage~~I do not have ‘extra’ lumber. I bought enough to do this project…and I didnt buy enough to have some for experiments…..lesson learned~~next time I will buy a couple of extra feet. Being a newbie to signs and woodworking, that is one of those ‘things’ you more experienced folks automatically think about… Making sure you have enough to calculate mishaps and experiments. Lesson learned~

Tennessee, I tried that on cedar and it didnt do what I thought it would….Do you add anything to it?

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#7 posted 08-13-2012 02:48 AM

Does this go outdoors or in?



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#8 posted 08-13-2012 05:30 AM

As far as I understand, it will be used at a wedding reception~indoors I assume~....and then be ‘practical’ for the home~
I do not know if they intend on it being indoor or out in the future….They are young, so I would reckon it would be indoor~

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