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Re: Making Another .416x348 Win
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Old 08-16-2018, 12:26 PM
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I found a stain that yielded a color I thought was 'right enough', but... highly figured wood is VERY tough to get stained evenly. Because of the figure, (and in this case also the shape), there is always some significant end-grain. And try as one might, there is no 'perfect' fix for the difference in the way end-grain takes stain versus the way face-grain takes stain. "Experts" will tell you that you can "fill" or "seal" the end-grain, and it will "look the same" as face-grain. They're full of it. You can get 'close', for sure, but to MY eye, "close" ain't close enough. So....

I'll be sanding this out, and just leaving the birch "natural". I'll darken it a bit by using garnet shellac as the seal coat, but shellac is NOT an "exterior" finish. If it gets water on it, it clouds up. Therefore, I'll have to put some form of exterior final coat over the shellac. The good news is that shellac bonds well with just about every known finish. That's yet another characteristic of shellac I like. It's too bad it can't handle moisture.

I'll post some pictures when I get the stain sanded off and the final finish on it.


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