These days, when you hear the word oak, you might think of your Mom’s old cabinets.
But this stain, Minwax Wood Finish in Golden Oak color, is a beautiful, warm wood color, not at all brassy or yellowy. I highly recommend it for use on this project, made of 2x4 and 2x6 lumber, but you should always test out stain colors on scraps of your wood before applying. May I suggest purchasing the tiny stain cans as testers in a variety of colors?
I am also using a 2.5” natural bristle stain brush, designed specifically for use with oil based stains. Invest in the right brush for the right product for the best results and to keep your brushes lasting project after project. If you were working with a water based stain, you should use a synthetic brush.
You can also apply Minwax Wood Finish with a clean cloth.
Stir the stain before use and thoroughly throughout use.
Begin by applying the stain, working in the direction of wood grain. Apply liberally.
Unlike paint, stain is easy to apply in little cracks. Can you imagine getting your paint brush in there? You’d want to paint all the boards individually first, or you would be there all day!
Also unlike paint, stain will go right through a drop cloth. What I do is place scrap plywood pieces underneath the dropcloth to soak up excess stain.
After about 15 minutes, wipe off excess stain, in the direction of the wood grain. Don not allow the stain that has not penetrated the wood to dry on the wood surface. If the stain appears too light, do not worry. To darken the color, you can apply a second coat after 4-6 hours. Do not sand between coats of stain.
When you are happy with the stain, allow to fully dry, at least 8 hours, before applying top coat. Dry times may be extended due to high humidity, low temperatures, or inadequate ventilation.