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Forum topic by sawdust703 posted 05-02-2015 04:11 AM 661 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-02-2015 04:11 AM

Anybody ever work with beetle kill pine? I picked some up recently at Home Depot while we were on a road trip to see the back Sawbones. I bought 8 – 1×4 x 8’ & 10- 1×6 x 8’ tongue & groove pcs. I’d never seen it before. As a scroll sawyer, I thought it would look great in several types of projects. My bride has decided she wants a headboard for our bed built from the t & g. My next question is, if you’ve worked with it, what finish did you use to pull the blue color out a little more, or to just hold the color? I don’t want to change the color in any way, if at all possible. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks for your time.

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#1 posted 05-02-2015 04:26 AM

Monte Pittman uses a lot of BKP.

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#2 posted 05-02-2015 10:49 AM

Think waster base/borne clear finishes is what you want but some will impart an amber hue the same as oil film finishes. Also clear shellac. Both of these products carried at most big box and hardware stores.

I would prefer using shellac on a headboard.

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#3 posted 05-02-2015 01:22 PM

Waterborne finish will cause the least shift.

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#4 posted 05-02-2015 01:29 PM

Water based finishes will raise the grain the most but light sanding will remedy that.

Shellac wiped on is my favorite finish.

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#5 posted 05-03-2015 03:31 AM

Thank You for the suggestions. I’d thought about shellac, but didn’t know if it would yellow. Pine will yellow some anyhow, but, I’m more concerned about holding the blue color. I’ll give it a go, & let you know the results. Thank you again.

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#6 posted 05-03-2015 01:41 PM

Just speculating, but think that blue hue caused by insects or spores so will stay around for period on time. Most wood species darken with age some actually get lighter. How long before you see a change if any think only time in years will tell!

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#7 posted 05-03-2015 02:48 PM

That blue stain is a fungus, I’ve been told. It’s all over out here. There’s a small mill not from me that specializes in it. Never understood the drawn for it myself. If it is a fungus and the wood’s been dried out it should stop growing.

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