I thought I'd share a serious mistake I made this week.. Feel free to laugh!
I built a birch built-in bookcase for a friend. This particular piece is birch ply with solid birch trim, nice flutes, etc... It really came out nice! The wife of the recipient wants a color similar to really old, dark cherry, with a just a touch of an extra tint towards red. She was thrilled with my sample boards, finished with Mohawk (Behlen) products.
We all know how birch is a bear in regard to blotching, so I carefully spit coated the bookcase with 50/50 Seal Coat. The first treatment of pigment stain came out HORRIBLE, GROSS, not suitable for a trailer park! All kinds of blotching and generally UGLY! The thing looked like a really bad, Dark Walnut, pineywood, polyshaded mess!
I retested my finishing schedule using scraps from the ugly piece, and my new samples came out just like the original samples, beautiful!
What happened? My spit coat container and my spit coat brush cleaning containers got switched. I spit coated with shellac colored alcohol!
I spent all today building another. <G>
I'm now trying to find a home for a painted version of the same piece.