Pa Ingalls and his boss Lars Hanson would have crushed it at the Walnut Grove sawmill with this simple wood stain tip for timber-related projects. I went with the word timber because it sounds a little bit more refined. And, that is exactly what this simple wood stain tip accomplished.
My husband shared this simple wood stain tip before this project. When he explained what a wood conditioner was used for, it made sense. I compared it to hair conditioner: makes hair smoother and easier to style.
I think his eyes kind of glazed over with my analogy.
Kind of like Mr. Olson’s eyes glazed over when dealing with Mrs. Olson’s shenanigans.
So just like our hair, timber projects need a pre-stain conditioner. It makes for a smoother finish when applying a stain.
I purchased the smallest can of wood conditioner here, but you can pick it up at Home Depot. I would suggest buying the larger, quart size. You will love this stuff!
A pre-wood conditioner goes on your timber projects, like butter and allows the stain to soak into the wood for a smooth finish. It is a quick, mindless step which means it is essentially error-free.
The directions are simple and straight forward. Using a pre-conditioner is not like assembling a Wayfair dresser with six drawers. It takes a few minutes and I may have used a paper towel on smaller projects when I was too lazy to look for a rag.
A pre-wood conditioner is great for DIY projects with nooks and edges.
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