Way too dark to use on finials that are supposed to look 150 years old. So, now for the trick. Oh, I guess I also need to discuss another type of stain. Some stains are dissolved in solvents, like alcohol, or oil. One stain in particular, Golden Fruitwood from the Solar Lux line, imparts a yellow tinge to a light piece of wood. But, while the work-piece is still wet with the alcohol, the wood can not absorb a lot of another stain, like the walnut stain we made above. In fact, if you first give the work-piece a really wet wipe with the golden fruitwood stain, and then immediately wipe it with the walnut, the wood doesn’t absorb much of the walnut, in fact, it sort of mottles the surface, only being partially absorbed. But, the color is wonderful if you are trying to match aged walnut!
In the case of these finial tops, I gave the top bits two treatments, steel wooling the pieces each time they dried to smooth out the raised grain.
A neat thing about working finials is you get to do some of your work on a wood lathe. It really is nice to be able to steel wool a finial while it is slowly spinning in a lathe. And, it is a lot easier that doing it “by hand”, unless of course you have the steel wool grab, wrap itself around the finial, and break it off in the lathe. A little care is always in order.