: I am currently working on an oak bookcase, and I am planning on
: staining it very dark to match (or come close to matching) an antique
: bookcase I own. I have experimented with Minwax Special Walnut and
: Dark Walnut stains, but I have run into two problems: 1). I just can't
: seem to get it dark enough despite repeated coats, and 2). After
: application of the stain and rubbing the excess off, the stain begins
: to wick out of the pores in the wood and create blotches at the ends
: of the open sections of grain.
Get your stained pieces out of the sunlight, and or stain them after the
hottest part of the day. That way everything will be cooling down, as
opposed to heating (and air expanding) and pushing the stain out of the
pores. But still, keep them out of the sunlight till dry.
: I can rub it out easily enough, but it
: seeps out for hours before abating. Any suggestions? Should I be
: using a different stain to achieve a darker finish a less blotchiness?
: I have little familiarity with wood finishes so any help would be
: appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Min wax doesn't really work very well on Oak. Given pine/oak/
(philip..) mahog, mahog will be darkest, then pine, then oak. For some
reason it just doesn't work on oak (other than light stains). I did 3
identical piano benches, 2 oak, 1 philipine Mahogany, all with the same
stain. Amazing difference.
: - Mike