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5fish

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387 days ago

Hey LJ’s I’m new to woodworking and Lumberjocks. I have an end table top I’m making out of hickory with a walnut border. I want to stain the hickory with early american stain but i do not want to stain the walnut.Then I want to finish both with a wax. Do i need to stain the hickory before i glue the walnut border on? Will i have a problem with the glue up if i get stain on the sides of the boards? Any tips and tricks would be helpful. Thanks.


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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 386 days ago

Stain the hickory first.

If the glue joint fails, use nails.

Wax ain’t a finish.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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#2 posted 386 days ago

Stain shouldn’t interfere too much with your glue-up. You can always sand off any stain that gets on the glue joints prior to gluing. Clint’s right. You should stain the hickory before you glue up the project. If you get any of the glue on the surface prior to staining, you’ll likely get glue spots. If you need to use wax as you finish, then please seal the wood beforehand with a coat or two of dewaxed shellac. Otherwise, the wax will enter the grain of the wood and be very difficult to remove at a later date, should this be desired. Better yet, try shellac, lacquer, varnish or a waterborne finish is place of the wax. These are much more durable than wax alone and they don’t require repeated applications in order to maintain their appearance.

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David Dean

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#3 posted 386 days ago

5fish do you have a Kregjig I use it for all my edging I dont trust nials.

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5fish

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#4 posted 386 days ago

Thanks for all the help guys. I’m still new to this. I did some sample pieces with different finishes for the customer to look at and they chose the walnut and hickory both stained with early american stain. After i stained the top i applied bulls eye shellac traditional finish and sealer. I’m i on the right track here guys?

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Finisherman

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#5 posted 386 days ago

You’re doing fine.

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#6 posted 386 days ago

I was going to say walnut won’t look much different with early American stain, but it looks like you got it figured out.

Best of luck

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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5fish

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#7 posted 360 days ago

Do I need to apply a poly after i put bulls eye shellac on?

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