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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-20-2010, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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I'm trying to make poplar wood look like store bought furniture, I've never used dyes and wiping stains together before.I've only used penetrating stains. I'm trying to get a cherry color. Can someone help me?
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Minwax gel stain in cherry might be a good try but the problem is the grain and color.

Take a shot at it on a sample peice and see.

Very light for first coat and the more you put on in subsequent coats darker it gets.
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Greetings Charles and welcome to the router forum. Thank you for joining us, and remember to have fun, build well and above all be safe. I shall follow this one myself, good question..

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Hi Charles

Poplar is really prone to blotching. Try this on a sample board.

Dilute some pva glue with water ( I use Weldbond) in a 5 or 6:1 ratio
Give the board 2 coats of this allowing it to dry between coats.( Helps to eliminate the blotch)
Sand the board lightly with 320 grit
Mix together 1:1 Rosewood and Brown Mahogany alanine dye. (Follow manufacturers mixing instructions. I use water based dye and mix it concentrated. It takes less storage and I can add water when needed to cut it.)
Give the board a good wet coat of this. Allow it to dry and if you want it deeper give it another coat.
When dry give it another light sand.
Next a coat of shellac.
When dry if you want a more reddish look proceed with a coat of reddish Gel Stain, say a Cabernet. For a more toned down look go with a brown based Gel stain.
When dry topcoat with your preferred finish. I usually spray lacquer.
This is a long process but it gives me good results and the opportunity to customize as I go along as there are so many steps
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