I'm trying to match some stained pine furniture in my bedroom with a new
audio system rack I'm building.
The color they have it is an approximation to oak but more orange(warm) and
dark with a satin finish.
Its pretty close to in between these colors.
I little darker than this http://mobexpert.garant.ro/pine/R2110.jpg
shading than this
I have the book "understanding wood finishes" by Flexner (excellent
resource) but he has several approaches, with varying success, of staining
pine without it blotching. he recommend not staining pine at all due to its
issues but that is not an option for me.
As a test I found bought olympic "controlled penetration" stain from lowes
on a test piece of pine craft board and that stuff blotched badly and didn't
have the warm color that I saw on the pine display piece. :(
Heres my new plan.
1) Sand to a 320 grit finish.
2) Put on a light spitcoat of thinned shellac.
3) Lightly Sand again
4) Use Wood-Kote thick gel stain and apply as many times as required to get
5) seal with satin polyurethane (Minwax) or lacquer or shellac.
I have a sprayer/compresor but no spray booth for dust free (working in a
garage). I'd probably have to spray outside where its cool now (50-70F),
high humidity in the 80+% range but not too windy.
Does it make a difference if I use knotty pine paperback veneer instead of
plywood if I make sure the substrate is stable? Does the veneer take stain
Suggestions to my plan?