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Old 07-26-2010, 10:48 PM   #11
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Who makes a good wood conditioner? Thanks.
You should be able to pick up a good conditioner from any store that carries wood care products i.e.: Homedepot or Lowes..


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Here are the pics. I like how it turned out.

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Here are some pics of the Colonial Maple (1st three pics) and American Cherry wood sets I'm working on.

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They look NICE! So I take it our advise was of some help?

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They look NICE! So I take it our advise was of some help?
Thanks. And sorry about that. You guys helped a lot. Thank you(s)!
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there are two basic types of wood conditioner, Mineral spirit types and water based types. If you use a water based conditioner it will raise the grain on most woods and a 0000 steel wool pass will take it off. I use a 25% shellac to 75% mineral spirits and let it dry for a day or two, sand it with 600 wet/dry and mineral spirits. wipe it down and let it dry, then apply the stain, wipe it on and rub it out right away if it is too opaque/ or thin it out with mineral spirits and adjust tints to reach desired tint/ darkness. Just remember you can always sand if out and start over. Experiment and have fun with it.

Nice photos, are you liking it as much as we are? nice job

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there are two basic types of wood conditioner, Mineral spirit types and water based types. If you use a water based conditioner it will raise the grain on most woods and a 0000 steel wool pass will take it off. I use a 25% shellac to 75% mineral spirits and let it dry for a day or two, sand it with 600 wet/dry and mineral spirits. wipe it down and let it dry, then apply the stain, wipe it on and rub it out right away if it is too opaque/ or thin it out with mineral spirits and adjust tints to reach desired tint/ darkness. Just remember you can always sand if out and start over. Experiment and have fun with it.

Nice photos, are you liking it as much as we are? nice job
Thank you for your help. I really like the way it turned out.
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