Up till now, I've been working with (affordable) woods like pine which
finish more or less blond. What I'm wondering is what is the cheapest
wood that can be finished dark like mahogany or walnut without their
Gerry < brokeskate, not cheapskate >
I have used pine for years aand have finished in dark colors. Two tricks: 1)
one use a sanding sealer or washcoat of shellac before staining, or 2) use a
gel stain and wipe it off selectively to minimize blotching...or better yet, do
Dyes can be mixed in finishes making a toner tha is then sprayed on
any wood ending up with whatever color desired. Brushing causes
stripes instead of the even distribution of color that spraying can
On Sat, 05 Jun 2004 11:02:36 -0400, "G.E.R.R.Y."
Sat, Jun 5, 2004, 11:02am firstname.lastname@example.org (G.E.R.R.Y.) gurgled:
<snip> what is the cheapest wood that can be finished dark like
mahogany or walnut without their cost?
If you're offered free wood, take it, period; figure out what to use it
Birch or maple can be stained to resemble more expensive woods.
You'll need to control the blotching, but with practice, it's easy. I
find a washcoat of shellac, followed by GOOD pigment stains, like
Behlen's work well. Depending on the look you're after, an
application of Trans-Tint or Solar Lux dye before the first washcoat,
can add some terriffic depth.
On 6 Jun 2004 08:09:45 -0700, n email@example.com (Nate Perkins)
stated, with eyes & arms akimbo:
Wrong. It's walnut. By the time you've spent $15 on the pine, $8 on
the sandable sealer, $9 on the can of stain, $12 on the can of
varnish, 2 hours cutting it, an hour prepping it, and an hour staining
it (only to find out that it looks like SHIT), you'll be tearing your
hair out when you discover that the walnut would have been ten bucks
cheaper all along, sans the headaches and extra chemical exposure.
(Even cheaper when you tried it again with stain and got the same
But that's just my opinion.
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Well not necessarily. I used ponderosa pine to trim a wood stove pad
and then decided to stain in dark with a wood stain. I thought it
looked kind of crappy and too red, but laid the pieces on top of a
walnut coffee table. Could hardly tell the stained pine from the
walnut. I don't usually work with walnut but so much for remembering
the color accurately.
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