|Forum topic by blaker||posted 10-20-2014 01:18 PM||1076 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
10-20-2014 01:18 PM
This is my first post – before I start, I wanted to thank everyone for the great knowledge here. I just joined, but I’ve been pillaging this place for information for about 6 months ;)
My wife and I recently bought a house and are redoing our kitchen. I’m doing a plank style countertop for the island. I’ve pulled a lot of good info from this site re: table layup, and it went great. Now, however, I’ve hit an issue. It’s a 8/4 pine layup, approx 96×48. We’re finishing with minwax dark walnut and waterlox. I did a test layup and the finishing process went surprisingly smoothly – sand 100, 120, 150, minwax wood conditioner, 3 coats of minwax dark walnut, 6 coats of waterlox. Looks great.
For the final countertop, I am having HUGE issues with getting the sides to take stain evenly. I’ve since researched minwax wood conditioner some more and realize it’s not the ‘preferred’ product, but it’s what i used. The top looks great. The end grain is a bit blotchy, but I know that’s almost unavoidable with pine. More of an issue, the sides on the 96” length are simply not taking stain. I put it on, let it sit about 15 minutes, and it just wipes right off. They took a little from the first application, but are substantially lighter than the top – it’s an oak side with a dark walnut top.
I’m not sure if it’s because the wood conditioner soaked in improperly, somehow, or if I over-sanded the edges to polish the routed edge profile. The wood does feel a bit “polished”.
So – does anyone have any recommendations on how to address this? Specifically, the 96” length that won’t take stain – should I just sand it down to bare wood with 60 grit? Should I apply mineral spirits first, will that help pull some of the conditioner out?
Thanks for any help.
Photos: the top has two coats of dark walnut, the edge has 4! And it’s still 5 shades lighter.
end grain- the wife actually likes it, but any suggestions are welcome.