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Offline Packard

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Can “parawood” take a stain?
« on: May 24, 2023, 08:53 PM »
I bought a solid wood stool from that was described as “ unfinished”.

It arrived today.

I assumed that it would have been sanded and I left 2 hours for detail sanding.

I was wrong.  It came sanded with what would have to be 600 grit or finer.  Smooth as glass.  And shiny.

It looks as if it has a nicely sprayed clear coat most resembling lacquer.

I will test it tomorrow to see if it will accept a stain.

Visually, there is a very prominent grain, tactically it feels like no grain at all.

It is fairly heavy and feels like it is robustly constructed.  If the finish turns out well, I will be happy.,pattern%20with%20very%20few%20knots.

Parawood is a light colored tropical hardwood that grows in Indonesia and Central American on rubber plantations. It’s also known as rubberwood, plantation hardwood or Malaysian Oak. The rubber trees it’s grown from are considered environmentally friendly because new saplings grow from the trees that have previously been cut down. They produce a sap known as latex at around 5 years old until they’re about 30. Parawood trees can grow as high as 80 feet which provides plenty of lumber when cut down. The wood is dense with a warm color and attractive grain pattern and very few knots. This makes it great for producing all sorts of consumer products like butcher block slabs, furniture, countertops and kitchenware.

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Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Can “parawood” take a stain?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2023, 05:18 AM »
Well, according to the link you posted it supposedly stains well.  Perhaps being sanded to such a high grit (burnishing) may affect your particular situation, so would be interested to read your results.


Offline Packard

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Re: Can “parawood” take a stain?
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2023, 06:49 AM »
I will test on the underside of the seat later this morning.  If it takes the stain well, I will stain the entire chair at that time and report.

If it does not, I will paint it.

Offline Packard

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Re: Can “parawood” take a stain?
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2023, 12:45 PM »
It accepted the stain.  But horrible blotches.  I am in the process of painting now.

Also, the legs and tops appear to be from one species of wood.  But the 3/4” diameter dowels that connect the legs to each other look entirely different after staining.
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