How to get a Fine Pine Finish
Many woodworkers love pine because of its low cost, easy workability, light weight, and wide availability. And, when clear-finished, pine radiates a warm glow found in few other woods. What's not to like? Well, if you prefer a darker, stained finish, things get a little dicier. That's because a bare pine surface absorbs stain unevenly, yielding an unnatural, blotchy, or zebralike coloration. But don't let that deter you. Pine can be pleasingly stained-it just requires a bit of extra prep work.
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