I am making a pair of thimble cabinets to match several others that already
exist for a friend for his mother. The originals are 300 miles away, so I am
working form photographs and a rough sketch. The material is white pine.
The woodworking phase is done and I am pleased with that part of the project.
Getting the stained finish dark enough is another story. I choose Minwax Dark
Walnut because I wanted a dark brown color. I followed the directions for
prepping the wood with the Minwax sealer. Within the specified time period, I
applied the stain, waited about fifteen minutes and wiped the pieces down.
Problem #1, the color was much to light.
Problem #2, the project took three days to feel dry.
I over coated the stain today and things got a little darker and seemed to dry
much more quickly. Some pieces, however, seemed to get a little blotchy.
My question is: how many coats of stain will I need to make the wood dark, real
dark, kind of like old furniture dark? The color I am looking for is like the
stain when it goes on wet. I said, "dark". Can I reapply the stain within the 4
to 6 hour time frame indicated on the can, even if the surface does not feel
bone dry to me?
The cabinets will be top coated with shellac, which will darken things a
little, but I don't want to even think about this until I am a lot closer to
the hue that I am looking for.
New Eagle, PA