Tommie City, Florida (PressExposure) May 01, 2011 -- Those three words be the cause of most the down sides we encounter while trying to change the colour of a board using stains. Wood is made up of millions of cells we depend upon to absorb pigments and dyes - the absorption rate and capacity which are influenced by a huge variety of factors - which explains why, with regards to staining, wood is unpredictable.
The Pitfalls: Why is this so difficult?
Just about the most common reasons for staining wood, whether a piece of unfinished furniture, woodwork, doors, floors, or trim, is always to help it become match an existing color in that room. Oftentimes large is another piece of wood, but sometimes the inspiration comes from fabric, draperies, upholstery, even artwork.
While we are fortunate, the piece of wood we're staining is of the identical species as that individuals are matching, including when we bring home an unfinished oak dresser to complement a finished oak bed. While we are much less fortunate, the piece being brought home is of an different species or, worse yet, contains several types of wood.
Regardless if both the boards are of the type, we oftentimes realize that the same stain does not produce the same results. Cells which form the pores associated with an oak board, for instance, vary inside their natural color from red oak, which has a natural pinkish tint, to white oak, that's actually tan. The same is true for the various types of maple, pine and mahogany, just to name just a few. Since the Minwax stains we apply are meant to reveal, not disguise the natural grain from the wood, the inherent color of the pores will probably modify the final color after we have applied our stain.
Burl Walnut: a good example of a unique grain pattern.Even if dealing with two boards of the same type, variables enter which could complicate the stain matching process. One of the most prevalent could be the grain pattern. In each board the pores arrange themselves inside a pattern which remains somewhat consistent from board to board.It is primarily the grain pattern, combined with the natural colour of the wood, which enables us to distinguish oak from maple or cherry from mahogany. The grain pattern within each varieties of wood, however, can continue to vary. Naturally occurring blemishes explain how 'bird's-eye' maple got its name; this is also true for 'fiddle-back' maple prized by violin makers. 'Burl' walnut, using its swirling grain pattern, emanates from the main in the walnut tree which is often available to expensive inlay and the dashboards of exotic sports cars.
The grain pattern can also be impacted by just how the lumber is cut through the log. The most well-known example of this is 'quarter-sawn' oak, which, despite what a lot of people believe, isn't an alternative species of oak, but is often a different way of slicing the log into boards. 'Plain-sawn' oak identifies boards which can be simply sliced off of the log, causing boards having a typical, long wavy grain pattern. When the log is first cut into quarters after which cut at the different angle, the resulting boards have large flakes of grain revealed. While the technical term for boards cut in this manner is quarter-sawn, the dramatic flakes take into account its nickname, 'tiger' oak.