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post #1 of 5 Old 08-27-2008, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Working with Aspen

I'm working with Aspen for the 1st time and have a couple of questions...

Is Aspen is a soft wood?

I plan on using a darker stain on the project and would like some advice as to what to use to seal the wood prior to staining, since I don't want the wood grain to get too dark.

Thanks for your help.
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-27-2008, 11:03 AM
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Aspen is related to the willow and poplar families,so by definition it is a hard wood. Like poplar it has a tendency to blotch when a pigment stain is applied. I need more info: what do you want this to look like?.what is it and where will it be used.

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Experiment on a scrap piece with a coat of shellac, sand, and then try a gel stain. The shellac may prevent the stain from penetrating so deep, and the gel stain will stay on top as well. I used aspen when I needed the reverse effect. deep and dark. I conditioned it to prevent blotching, and then used an analyne dye for a very rich tone. The less figure the wood has, the more consistent a color you'll get.

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I have used aspen for face frames with birch ply cabinets. Both blotch, so I use a 1# cut shellac then gel stain.
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Originally Posted by hardwood98 View Post
I plan on using a darker stain on the project...

Aspen is such a beautiful natural wood, I would not want to darken it any more than the sealer would... But that's a matter of opinion.

However, the shellac and gel stain advice has worked for me on other woods.

I cut that board three times and it's STILL too short!!!...
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