I just finished a 10 ft tall by 6 ft wide poplar cross that will be used for a living stations of the cross production late on Tuesday night. I ground a no. 5 plane iron to a decent camber, about an 1/8″ across its width and made a nice random-scalloped pattern over the entire thing to give it a textured appearance. There is some tearout in some sections, but its supposed to look rough anyway. It needs to be somewhat darker than the creamy/ green color it is now and I’d prefer it to not be too blotchy, but the surface obviously isn’t consistently prepared so I’m not expecting much. My instinct for quick drying finish was shellac, but I don’t want it to be shiny. Could I just rub it down with either red or grey scotchbrite to give it a flatter look? What type of stain or dye should I use. I work at an organbuilding company, and the finishing guy could probably hook me up with about any dye or stains. Should I just use an alcohol based dye to color it? I just need to have it colored, and sealed for tuesday, nothing fancy or durable, I can always recoat it afterwards. Home depot has wipe on poly finishes with stain built in, could this be an option? Any help is appreciated. Thanks, nick
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