Black stain on Alder wood

gillylilyNovember 15, 2009

I am wondering how hard it is to stain alder wood black? I am using a cherry stain on my perimeter cabinets in my kitchen and contemplating staining my island black, but only if it looks like a true black. thanks for your help!

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kudzu9

Below is a link that has some useful info on finishing alder. I think the main issue is using a pre-conditioner first to avoid blotchiness.

For the stain itself, you might want to look at MinWax Polyshades:

http://www.minwax.com/products/one_step_stain_and_finishes/polyshades.html#Colors

I've had good luck with this brand over the years and they have a couple of blacks to choose from.

Here is a link that might be useful: Staining alder

    Bookmark   November 15, 2009 at 3:08PM
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bobismyuncle

The link below explains several techniques. Part of the decision is going to be whether you want a transparent or opaque version of black.

If you have followed some of my posts, I am not a fan of Polyshades.

Here is a link that might be useful: staining black

    Bookmark   November 15, 2009 at 9:27PM
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sombreuil_mongrel

India ink, black milk paint, and aniline dye can all be used to ebonize wood. Each gives a different look. What you use for a topcoat on these stains will of course render the ultimate finished appearance.
Casey

    Bookmark   November 15, 2009 at 9:44PM
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