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Good finish for pine?

I`m putting together a platform bed with some pine. Why pine?... because thats what I had. Im wondering how I should stain and finish it? I would like to stick with something natural and simple but I haven`t had much finishing experience.
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About the simplest finish would be Danish oil. You just wipe it on like stain until it won't take anymore and then wipe off the excess and let dry. If you want a film finish then I would recommend a wipe on polyurethane. You just wipe it on with a lint free cloth and allow to dry. Then with a very light sanding with 320 grit paper and apply another coat. Normally 5 or 6 coats will do it. The wipe on poly is thinner than brush on so you don't end up having to fight with brush marks. It takes more coats but easier to get good results. If you are going to stain the bed keep in mind pine is bad to blotch so be sure to use a pre-stain conditioner prior to staining.
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If you stain pine, I also suggest to use a pre conditioner or a washcoat which is a sealer reduced 1:1 with thinner. After applying washcoat, scuff sand with 320 grit.

I did a platform pine bed for a friend of mine with a "honey brown" stain I made with dye concentrates, reduced 1 part stain with 3 parts acetone and I spray applied it wet. Then I applied 1 coat of straight sealer, then I took some van dyke brown and dry brushed some areas to give it more of an abstract look with more emphasis on the head board. Then one more coat of sealer and a 10 sheen lacquer, again, everything was sprayed.

A "Gold Honey" or "Antique pine" color would look great.

This picture was similar to what I did, or what I ended up with I should say.
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One of the few finishes I`ve used was danish oil. It was untinted because it was used on cherry. I notticed some darker danish oil at the store, could I add some stain to it and get a similar result? Would a wash coat still be suggested?
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I wouldn't play chemist and mix stain to the Danish oil. That would be diluting the oil. The tinted Danish oil is a mixture of oils and varnish with some pigment added. Stain is a little oil, pigment and mostly thinner. I would either add straight pigment to the Danish oil or buy some that was already tinted. Keep in mind that if you buy a tinted finish you will know the color in case you make some end tables or other furniture you want to match the bed. Then it would be easier to match. Yes you will need a wood conditioner when using a pigmented Danish oil on pine.
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One of the few finishes I`ve used was danish oil. It was untinted because it was used on cherry. I notticed some darker danish oil at the store, could I add some stain to it and get a similar result? Would a wash coat still be suggested?
Yes, you would still need a washcoat because of the added color to the oil.

Danish oil finish is a combination of Boiled lindseed oil, varnish and mineral spirits. It is sold under different brands. Watco is the most common. It is very easy to apply, soaks into the wood to protect it and seal it. You can have stain added to it to make a one step finish. I wouldnt add over 30% because if you do, your finish may end up looking too opaque.....or painted out looking.
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