The Purpose Of The Staining Process

The reason for applying stain is to color the wood. We have become accustomed to certain wood colors in furniture that arc different from the natural color — and, in fact, have come to believe the colors we see so often are the natural colors. Some woods are so beautiful in their natural colors that we believe they shouldn't be stained. Walnut is one of these. Mahogany is another. However, wood color is a matter of very personal taste, so staining sometimes is found even on these lovely woods.

Wood is colored either to enhance its appearance or to make it appear to be a different wood. Plain hardwoods often are

Step 5: Sanding On some surfaces, you may have to apply filler in several coats to achieve pcrfcct smoothness. After the filler has dried, sand any rough spots. Keep sanding until the surface feels stained to simulate walnut, cherry or mahogany. Using this innocent deception, you can improve the appearance of otherwise undistinguished furniture.

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

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