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Stained Finish on Closed Grain Hardwood Recipe

Stain Finish for Close Grained Hardwood

Close grained hardwoods like birch, maple, cherry and other are tricky to stain successfully. Learn how to get great results by following our step-by-step video “recipe.” A clear finish is applied after the staining step.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Sand the project up through the grits until at least 320-grit
    • It is a good idea to sand pieces that will be hard to reach before assembly.
  2. Wipe the project with mineral spirits to check for glue splotches
  3. Apply a good quality Gel Stain, let dry 24 hours
  4. Use a wipe-on polyurethane type finish
    • Flood it on and wipe it off
    • Let rags dry flat and dispose of properly!
  5. If you have any nail holes, cracks or defects in the wood, fill them now with a wood filler putty that matches the color of the stained wood (sand smooth)
  6. Apply at least two more coats of the urethane
  7. Optional: After the finish has cured for 72 hours, apply a coat of high-quality paste wax and then polish it off.
  8. Optional: Substitute a wipe-on Danish Oil applied in the same manner