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Forum topic by joshtank posted 11-06-2012 03:49 PM 1325 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2012 03:49 PM

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I’ve got two or so tree’s worth to experiment. and i started today. one side of a board various stains (minwax) and the other a pre-stain conditioner.

the straight stains that were lighter did good. darker ones (“special walnut” “ebony” and another) hopped into random pores and made a bunch of little specs on the wood. (not even how staining open pored oak at least it follows the grain.) seriously it almost makes the wood look like bamboo or something.

i’ll be able to give a shot on staining the “pre-stain conditionered” side later. but for now… i like the blonde coloring, but i’m designing furniture for a room and my wife is thinking a darker wood. buying a bunch of darker wood seems silly since i have a lot of butternut.

what do i need to do make this butternut look like a dark walnut? pore-filler?

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL,

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#1 posted 11-06-2012 03:51 PM

also.. the straight stain w/ no conditioner.. as it was drying, and when the light hits it right, it looked like stain was seeping out of the pores. does that make sense..?

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL,

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#2 posted 11-06-2012 03:55 PM

Walnut is porous as well, so pore filler does nothing in that regard. I’d use some dark walnut Watco Danish Oil. You should get close with it.

-- jay,

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#3 posted 11-06-2012 05:00 PM

Dye. I’ve abandoned stains almost entirely and don’t regret it in the slightest.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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