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Hsing-ee
15-05-2010, 04:43 PM
Some way through sanding down this old beech stock I am thinking about what colour to stain it. It was originally covered in Merde Brown Old Shoes laquer. Now it is sanded it is that pale and slightly pink beech colour.

What should I do with it? Two BBS members recently told me how they disliked stained beech, but my old Meteor looks quite nice with a dark stain on its beech, it looks elegant. What should I use on this one? Never been into the deeper reds, but anything else would be OK. Does a pale stock go grey like uncoated wood?

jimcam
15-05-2010, 06:19 PM
Try a few coats of Danish oil.I think that you'll be pleasently suprised.(This not only hardens and wont crack but waterproofs in one go.Hope this helps.Yours Jim.

mikemorton
15-05-2010, 07:21 PM
I like plain beech too.

But if you do go ahead and oil au naturel, then it will be very hard to stain later.

The big advantage of not staining is the fact that you can do simple repairs to minor damage without having to re-do the whole stock.

How rubbish would it be to steam, sand and re-oil a tiny 1cm ding in a red-brown stained stock?

It would stand out like a big sticky-out standing thing.

Amac
15-05-2010, 07:42 PM
Having just refinished a beech stock, I have to report that I have been delighted with the end result. I kicked off by stripping off the original varnish and stain and then took the wood to a nice honey colour following several coats of walnut oil. I then applied a couple of danish and topped off with two of tru-oil. I am well pleased with the results. For a beech stock, it looks excellent(in my opinion).
Enjoy
Andy

Amac
15-05-2010, 07:43 PM
Forgot to mention that I originally took the stained route. Looked cack so off it came!

Gwylan
15-05-2010, 10:35 PM
With beech, you have to be careful about too much stain soaking into the end grain, which means that that part of the stock is darker than the rest.

Gus

jax13
15-05-2010, 10:41 PM
With beech, you have to be careful about too much stain soaking into the end grain, which means that that part of the stock is darker than the rest.

Gus

with beech, its only the chuffing end grain that soaks anything in anyway!!!

just spray it black and be done with it!

deano
16-05-2010, 08:39 AM
2 coat's of B&Q gloss paint, something neutral like magnolia or sunburst.

Amac
17-05-2010, 09:26 PM
I like a nice flaming red(to go with my shoes)