I'd like to revisit my oak question from last week. I'm finishing some 1/4
sawn red oak to be used as door/window casings, and have a specific look
that I'm shooting for. If you've ever seen any Amish oak furniture, you may
know what I want. Their finishing is very flat, smooth and has a satiny feel
to it. It was recommended to use Cyrstalac, which I have bought.
First, I used a single coat of Minwax Walnut stain which is close to the
shade I want. But after that dried, it appeared sort of blotchy. The kind
of blotchy if you ever stained soft pine (been there and done that) without
pretreating with a conditioner. I've never had that happen with oak, or
maybe I never noticed before. I have both Minwax sanding sealer and their
wood conditioner. What's the difference between the two? As far as I know,
the conditioner is for the previously mentioned pine to even out the
absorption. Not sure what the sanding sealer is for.... Second, when does
the Crystalac get applied? All I'm looking for is, after I stain to the
desired shade, a smooth surface where the grain doesn't feel bumpy to the
touch. In the meantime, I'll be in the basement experimenting... Thanks
Consider using a filler such as:
If you use such a product properly you can get the oak glass
smooth (and by choosing a color with care, you can get a
variety of interesting grain effects.)
All the best,
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