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Old 11-27-2013, 09:20 PM   #1
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I am making a pool cue rack and am trying to figure out how to prepare the cut ends, drilled holes and router surfaces for finishing without them getting darker than the rest of the rack. I have tried sanding with extra fine sandpaper with no success. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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End grain will get darker than the straight grained sections---

I soak the end grain with mineral spirits before I stain---this blocks absorption so the end grain is lighter---some folks use a 'stain conditioner' that product will block up the pores ,unfortunately,I have had problems with the conditioner blocking the stain to well.

I apply stain with a rag--wait one minute or so and then wipe off all that is not absorbed into the wood.--Mike----

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Don't know if you will get any better advise
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You said you used extra fine sandpaper. Try using regular sandpaper on everything but the end grain then sanding the end grain a couple of grits finer.
Have never used it but have read about mixing your glue with water, like a sizing, let this soak in the end and seal it then sand lightly and stain. Try these on some scrap and let us know.
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You could seal the end grain with a wash coat of shellac. Clear shellac thinned with alcohol about 50%. Apply to the end grains only, sand any excess off the sides. Same concept as using mineral spirits, or conditioner, but more effective at limiting stain absorption.
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Just miter the ends and glue return pieces on the ends. No end grain and a nice finished look.
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That's okay---I can't hang wall paper to save my soul---

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