can I just rant for a few, I like working with popular it, it's cheep enough
that I'm not paniced if I mess up, and by and large it's a very attractive
wood, but THE BLOCHING! I did two coats of minwax stain conditioner, let
one dry over night, then put another on an hour before I stained and it
ok now I'm done it's ok, I'll be fine
if corn oil is made from corn, and olive oil is made from olives, where dose
baby oil come from?
On Tue, 10 May 2005 16:32:32 -0600, Richard Clements
Why? Because it's popular. Even in Finland. I've found though that
stuff made from popular keeps me awake at night. It goes cheep,
cheep, cheep all night. And when it gets older, it crows at sunrise.
Butt that's wye aye switched two poplar. Knot such a pane too Finnish.
One of our clients is a pool / billiard table company and we have found that
more and more tables are made of poplar, stained to look something like maple
only with the grain obscured. As to your problem, I have had limited success
with conditioners however I think you should change your application method. As
the material evaporates over time, the coat applied the night before was
probably all gone while the second coat was well on it's way after an hour.
I have found a better way is to either apply Sealcoat first and then use a
compatible stain or to spray a WB dye and do not wipe. Cheers, JG
Richard Clements wrote:
Your first coat of stain conditioner was for naught since you waited too
long. The second coat should have fared better, but you learned as I
did that the product isn't a miracle cure. In my opinion poplar has
very few redeeming qualities and is not a particularly good bargain
considering I can get oak, ash, soft maple or Kentucky coffeetree for
only pennies more per board foot. It's soft, weak and gets fuzzy no
matter what you do. Grain and figure are non-existent, due partly to
the fact that the fuzziness destroys any luster any other wood might get
from good planing.
Sounds to me like you got cottonwood rather than poplar, since all the
poplar I've seen produces little to no fuzz when worked and actually
develops a rather nice luster when planed or finish sanded.
Poplar is still better as secondary wood or under paint, though.
"We need to make a sacrifice to the gods, find me a young virgin... oh, and
bring something to kill"
Well, it's strictly a matter of taste, but I like the poplar with the
greenish cast with nothing but a shellac finish. The problem is, of
course, that the green gradually goes away - not so gradually in
I built a tall magazine rack for a friend using poplar for the rack and
alder for the two uprights and he loves it.
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