I am building new pine window casings/stools for my house and the existing window jams are unfinished poplar. I have been trying several options to get the poplar to match the color and look of the pine. In my one test window, the poplar went so green and grey looking it ruined the effort and i have to replace the jams entirely. I have twenty windows left, so I want to get this right before I go any further.
On the pine, I am using a sequence I saw in a magazine of thinned out glue size, a 1lb. shellac coat, then a stain, then a slightly darker glaze. A very warm rich looking result on pine. the same process and some stain variations on my poplar test pieces just gives me a sick looking darkish mismatch.
Any ideas or suggestions?