Minwax Oil Based Stain on Birch

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Thank you so much for the plan love on our Aunt and Uncle’s new media wall!!!! I’m so glad you love it as much as we do!<p><br /></p><p>The Alaska birch paired with the <a href="http://www.purebondplywood.com" target="_blank">PureBond Birch Plywood</a> was so beautiful, we just could not cover it with paint! So I teamed up with the folks over at Minwax to show you how to achieve a beautiful stained finish. We used oil based products, and love the professional looking results! </p>
Shopping List: 
<p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-1JMTRl07yrM/UUIzlMfnVxI/AAAAAAAAN90/nnhEBB1zQ2c/w470/birch%2Bearly%2Bamerican%2Bminwax08.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/preparation/minwax-prestain-wood-conditioner" target="_blank"> Minwax Oil Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner&nbsp;</a><p><a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-wood-finish" target="_blank">Minwax Wood Finish in Early American</a></p><p><a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/interior-clear-protective-finishes/minwax-fastdrying-polyurethane" target="_blank">Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane</a></p><p><a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/brushes/" target="_blank">Natural Bristle Brush</a></p><p><a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/maintenance-repair/minwax-wood-putty" target="_blank">Minwax Wood Putty in Matching Stain Color</a></p><p>Medium and Fine and Super Fine Grit Sandpapers</p><p>Gloves and Staining Rags </p>
Step 1: 
Project Preparation<p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-L5yPTN6dM9I/UUIzezZ7kuI/AAAAAAAAN88/h_FmzicA4gM/w470/birch%2Bearly%2Bamerican%2Bminwax01.jpg" style="width: 470px; height: 318px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>For this project, we used PureBond Birch Plywood and Alaska Birch face frames. &nbsp;To get a consistent stain when working with plywood and hardwood, use the same species wood. &nbsp;Note that for this project, we did not fill any holes prior to staining. &nbsp;Instead, color matched wood putty will be applied after finishing.<br /></p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-OmTwWWmoKLQ/UUIzh17KK2I/AAAAAAAAN9U/6uCmS5FxvEs/w470/birch%2Bearly%2Bamerican%2Bminwax05.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>Sand the project well, working in direction of wood grain. &nbsp;Use medium grit sandpaper.<br /></p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-VQoXhuR7xbs/UUIzj_Re03I/AAAAAAAAN9o/wlH6mRMCl2U/w470/birch%2Bearly%2Bamerican%2Bminwax06.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>Then sand with fine sandpaper. &nbsp;I love fine grit sanding blocks (but then again, isn't that obvious?)<br /></p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/--rte7FPGIlc/UUIzkN0DVEI/AAAAAAAAN9s/Bwjg1Q6SznM/w470/birch%2Bearly%2Bamerican%2Bminwax07.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>Brush the project to remove any sanding residue. &nbsp;A vacuum with a soft bristled brush works well too.<br /></p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-hFfLkxW5hyA/UUIzl5guJsI/AAAAAAAAN98/mN5AwWC0D9k/w470/birch%2Bearly%2Bamerican%2Bminwax10.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>I also recommend a quick wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any stubborn sanding residue. &nbsp;<br /></p><p><br /></p><p>Time to stain!</p><p><br /></p>
Step 2 Instructions: 
<p><strong>Stain Application</strong></p><p><br /></p><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-GAvB4TSBtfw/UUIzn_C5cEI/AAAAAAAAN-I/4FsOVD7WJiA/w470/birch%2Bearly%2Bamerican%2Bminwax09.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /><p>It’s a good idea to use <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/preparation/minwax-prestain-wood-conditioner" target="_blank">Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner</a> with your projects because it prepares wood for staining and prevents blotchiness. &nbsp;Apply Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner directly to project with a natural bristled brush or clean cloth. &nbsp;Allow the Pre-Stain to penetrate for 5-15 minutes, and then remove excess with a clean, dry cloth. &nbsp;<br /></p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-lEEAr8Zpw_s/UUIzoFvv9hI/AAAAAAAAN-M/IQBY7K9vkck/w470/birch%2Bearly%2Bamerican%2Bminwax11.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><p>Within 2 hours of Minwax Pre-Stain Application, apply the <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-wood-finish" target="_blank">Minwax Wood Finish Stain</a>. &nbsp;For this project, the color used is Early American. &nbsp;</p><p>Stir the Minwax Wood Finish thoroughly before and occasionally during use. &nbsp;It’s a good idea to test stain on a scrap piece or hidden area of the project just to make sure the color is as desired on your wood. &nbsp;Apply stain in direction of wood grain with a natural bristled brush or clean cloth. &nbsp;Allow stain to penetrate for 5-15 minutes to achieve desired color. &nbsp;The longer the stain is allowed to penetrate, the richer and darker the color will be.</p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-T7mge0VapxY/UUIzoqJ1-JI/AAAAAAAAN-U/uKg1TNn8Mcs/w470/birch%2Bearly%2Bamerican%2Bminwax12.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>Remove <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-wood-finish" target="_blank">Minwax Wood Finish</a> that has not penetrated the wood with a clean cloth, wiping in the direction of wood grain. &nbsp;Blend light and dark areas to create a uniform color. &nbsp;It is important to not allow stain that has not penetrated to dry on the wood surface.<br /></p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-OF2jUOLr3fc/UUIzqB0D6OI/AAAAAAAAN-c/wh6PaT073rk/w470/birch%2Bearly%2Bamerican%2Bminwax13.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p></p><p>For a deeper color, additional coats can be added after 4-6 hours. &nbsp;Do not sand between stain coats.<br /></p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-vEmg-XMcqFk/UUIzh8xjZrI/AAAAAAAAN9Q/FI85a56nv4M/w470/birch%2Bearly%2Bamerican%2Bminwax03.jpg" style="width: 470px; height: 705px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>Once you are satisfied with the stain color, it’s time to apply a clear finish. &nbsp;After a minimum of 8 hours dry time (this can vary depending on your climate and temperatures), a clear finish is recommended to seal and protect your project. The clear finish will also bring out the color in your project.<br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p>
Step 3 Instructions: 
Top Coat<p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-WRGIGwjzKsA/UUIzrYyq1sI/AAAAAAAAN-k/dy3Y3DTeL-4/w470/birch%2Bearly%2Bamerican%2Bminwax14.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /></p><p>One of my favorites is <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/interior-clear-protective-finishes/minwax-fastdrying-polyurethane" target="_blank">Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane. &nbsp;</a><br /></p><p>Stir Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane before and during use to prevent settling on bottom of can. &nbsp;Don’t shake the can.</p><p>Apply a thin coat of Minwax Fast Drying Polyrethane using a natural bristled brush. &nbsp;Allow to dry for 4-6 hours. &nbsp;Lightly sand entire surface with super fine sandpaper to ensure and even finish and proper adhesion. &nbsp;Remove sanding dust.</p><p>Apply a second and third coat as desired. &nbsp;Before use, allow the final coat to dry for a full 24 hours.</p><p><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-JLhXvVG_xo8/UUI3_zaJMqI/AAAAAAAAN-8/JOWK49os7E4/w470/birch-early-american-minwax.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>And remember those little nail holes I told you not to fill quite yet? &nbsp;Minwax makes color matched wood putty that you can fill nail holes or cover other minor&nbsp;imperfections&nbsp;in stained and finished projects! &nbsp;Take a second to fill any imperfections with <a>Minwax Wood Putty</a> in coordinating stain color. &nbsp;Remember to keep the tub around for touch ups later on.</p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-qlAn1-KpXaU/UUIzrgGXenI/AAAAAAAAN-w/DFbB1f-mVVo/w470/early-american-birch-stain.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>Ready to use!</p>