Nice design. Good work.
Rugged wood. You didn't say what king of wood, but I see nice curled grain, some knots... has character. But that added a challenge to your finish.
When you get a mix of grain and knots, you get a mix of grain orientations. To even that out to take a stain more even, sand smooth. Sand to around 220, 440... Then depending on the species of wood, use sanding sealer or wood condition to seal up the wood , so it would take the stain more evenly. If an open grain, use sanding sealer. If a tight grain, use wood conditioner.
Wood putty? Or wood filler? Wood putty, wood filler and wood grain filler are 3 different animals. Easy way to remember what wood putty is- Putty is just that, it doesn't really get hard, is used for holes smaller than 1/8" on a piece than is already stained and finshed. (Color matched)
Most wood filler doesn't take stain well. If you have one of those and need to use it, mix in a little stain that you have planed and tint the filler. Some of the higher priced wood fillers will take stain better. If you use wood grain fuller, you can surface coat over the knots... and then sand when done. That will prep those areas to get a smooth finish and that will seal that open porous grain.
But if I'm using screws... Yes screws. They are acceptable for strength... And it's in a surface that is visual, then I plan for it. Meaning, I'll recess the head, sink a dowel or lug over it. Cut off a smidgen above surface, then sand it flat.Wood plugs take stain better an are easier to blend in and hide.
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Last edited by MAFoElffen; 01-05-2014 at 02:27 AM.