My current project, a communion table in an old New Mexico territorial style, turned ugly when I stained it. Though I wiped the glue which oozed out of the mortise and tenon joint in the stretchers, the stain did not adhere to that area. As a last resort, I bought some BARTLEY gel stain to attempt to cover the lighter areas. The results were fantastic! The gel went on darker than the oil stain. Not only was I able to cover those light areas, but I achieved an antique look by feathering the darker areas into the primary stain. What had turned ugly was now better than if the stain were uniform across the piece. I bought the gel stain through Woodworker’s Supply, which I consider the best single source. I’m a gel stain man from now on.
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