Staining End Grain
Posted 23 November 2010 - 07:02 AM
Anyone have any suggestions on how to treat end grain oak so that when I stain it it'll match the long grain sides? O r how to treat it so it wont act like a sponge and become 3 shades darker that the rest of the project?
Posted 23 November 2010 - 07:39 AM
Posted 23 November 2010 - 07:47 AM
Or his other recommendation is to soak the end grain with the thinner first (apply very liberal amount with a rag or such) then apply regular strength stain to the end grain by blotting it gently with a rag. If it's not dark enough to match the long grain repeat until it comes up in color.
I haven't tried it myself, but the demonstration worked and it makes sense if you think about it.
Posted 23 November 2010 - 10:54 AM
A caution for soaking "only" the end-grain with a thinner (the trick is how much thinner) If to much thinner is absorbed by the end-grain(soaking it) can/could leach to the flat-grain above, causing less stain being absorbed there, as well. So you could get a light/dark take-up. Maybe another Idea would be, apply the thinner over the entire piece and then apply stain so no chance of unevenness.
Posted 23 November 2010 - 11:20 AM
Stain the end grains at one point, wait a while for the thinner to evaporate and then continue the staining of the remainder. It would certainly add more time
to the project, but in the end the desired result could be achieved.
Posted 23 November 2010 - 12:21 PM
I like, and this is just me burnishing your end-grain with high grit sand paper...not a bad way to go.
Posted 23 November 2010 - 12:25 PM
Posted 24 November 2010 - 04:28 AM
A long with " burnishing" another traditional method is to apply a 'Spit coat" of shellac to the edge only, using a small brush or rag, sanding afterwords.
A spit coat is a very weak cut of shellac, probably about a 1/2 lb cut or less.