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    I have acquired some blue pine and need advice on finishing. Everything I have tried has turned the blue grayish. I know I should use something that doesn't soak into the wood but lays on top, like minwax, but is there something else to use? I have even tried clear sprays, varnish, lacquer, shellac, and they still turn the blue a grayish color. Janette, since you use alot of blue pine, what do you use? I want to keep as much of the blue color as possible. I was thinking of using the wood for baskets so it would need to be food safe and I'm just not too sure about the minwax.



    I edited your title this way maybe she will stop by sooner several folks awaiting a response/advice.
    Last edited by wood-n-things; 01-27-2012, 05:46 PM.
    Betty

    "Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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    Betty, that's one good question. I'm looking forward to seeing what Janette has to say since I have the same thing happen with blue pine. As for using it to make baskets that would hold food, I think I wouldn't do that. The blue color happens after the beetles attack the tree and leave enzymes behind that encourages mold to grow in the wood. It even smells moldy when cut. That's also a very good reason to use an efficient mask to protect your airway and lungs when cutting this stuff.


    Jan

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    • #3
      There is another good question I would like answered. I have used blue pine in the past with the same results...don't think it turned all grey, but did darken it. I agree it might not be good as food safe, but once covered and cured, who knows??
      Hawaiilad
      Larry

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      • #4
        Thanks for the info on the mold, Jan. Maybe I should research this wood a little more. Or get my researcher, otherwise known as Hubby, to research for me. He says I always look at directions and say "what are those for?" and go on my merry way. LOL And, Janette, we are anxiously awaiting your reply!!
        Betty

        "Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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        • #5
          Sorry, I'm a little behind in my posts. I use bartley's gel varnish for all my finishing. It is supposed to be a gray wood btw Not sure for baskets. The gel doesn't soak in as much as a liquid like danish oil does but still darkens it some
          Janette
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          • #6
            Thanks, Janette. The wood I have has tons of blue and I wanted to keep that color. From what I am reading, baskets for food are out.
            Betty

            "Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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