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Old 03-18-2011, 06:47 AM   #18 (permalink)
RickRS
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Default Re: 75 gallon tank stand build

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Originally Posted by joshvito View Post
beautiful stand! looks really heavy.
Are you going to finish the poplar? I have built a few tank stands in my day, and I always do a poor job with the stain.
Got Miniwax Gunstock oil stain for a reddish brown color. Then a top coat of polyurthane. The finishing steps are make or break on just about every wood project. I sometimes get lucky and the results are good.

A lot of the problems with stains come down to the wood and how soft, open pore areas soak up lots and hard, closed pore area don't. I haven't figured out the best way to control that. Still learning.

I have started doing clear finishes without stain on some projects. Gone back to shellac, as well. It give a nice blonde finish over pine and poplar when you use the clear shellac. Love the quick dry time of shellac.
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