|Forum topic by Chazmania||posted 02-10-2009 01:55 AM||20710 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
02-10-2009 01:55 AM
This is a great site, I’m glad to newly join. I have a question I couldn’t seem to answer via searching:
I’m finishing my first woodworking project of substance- a red oak bench matched to existing store-bought dining furniture. The inspiration came from DJMarks’ mission-style ottoman: http://www.djmarks.com/woodworks/106.asp
My question is about finishing: After sanding to 220 I stained the oak with a pigmented stain (minwax), followed by a couple coats of wipe-on polyurethane. Each finish step was a day or two apart. When I started sanding (320 grit, light) between coats of polyurethane, I realized (a bit late) that my sanding was removing stain color pigment irregularly, turning my uniformly stained project a bit blotchy. After the work to get to this point, I was a bit dismayed. I’ve avoided the issue for about 6 months (winter).
How would you resurrect this project? Re-stain on top of existing polyurethane, to filll in the removed stain? Just add more poly and chalk it up to a 1st time mistake? Strip the whole thing and start over?