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Have been busy trying to perfect a wine glass holder. Think they will make great gifts and can be customized with different sayings or artwork fairly easily. Also been working on finishing techniques (and still need a lot of work). Having difficulties with blotching despite trying gel stains and conditioners. Have been told that I need to use "toners", so I have to figure out what that means for sure.

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Neat idea for a last minute unique gift.

I wouldn't worry about the blotching. Just finish them as normal. That's just one of the characteristics of wood. No 2 pieces are the same even if cut identical. That's what makes them all different in their own special way.
 
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We try and discourage our students from using dark stains on light woods, but if they insist then the first coat recommended is a sanding sealer. Lightly sand after it dries and then apply your stain. BTW, your wine holders look great to me. ;)
 

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We try and discourage our students from using dark stains on light woods, but if they insist then the first coat recommended is a sanding sealer. Lightly sand after it dries and then apply your stain. BTW, your wine holders look great to me. ;)
Thanks 4D for the pointers. I have tried both "wood conditioners" and sanding sealers, but just have not had the results that I am after. It's hard to run a part and not get raised grain somewhere to mess it up. Guess that's why they make paint..
 

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Thanks 4D for the pointers. I have tried both "wood conditioners" and sanding sealers, but just have not had the results that I am after. It's hard to run a part and not get raised grain somewhere to mess it up. Guess that's why they make paint..
Dave, are you using a water-based sealer? Most of the time water is what raises the grain. Your wine glass holders look great.
 

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Dave they look good to me. I would not worry about the small amount of blotchiness when stained because most people will be looking at the carvings and never notice the slight color differences, they really don't look bad.

Nice projects.
 

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Splendid wine glass holders.
Are the raised grapes in the first pic hand carved? What's about the letters?
Congratulations.
 
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