Re: Restoring an old staircase
Both may be correct. A different species of wood will handle stain differently than another. Quarter sawed and flat sawed would handle stain differently. Old wood that has been striped may have a tighter grain than new or may still have some of the old finish in the grain. The best thing to do is to strip the old, stain it if you want, then try different stains to get the new to match the old before the finish is applied. You will probably need several pieces of scrap to test on. This sometimes requires mixing your own stain. If a different wood is used this is difficult but not impossible.
Originally Posted by HeatherMacCloud
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