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Old 10-04-2014, 03:55 PM   #1
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I am the last person in the world that knows much about wood working. My wife and I are building a camp sign for our campsites, sort of a family shingle when we travel and hang it up on the camp site post.
I bought a pine board at Lowes and we're drafting our family name, city and 2 pics and a few other things on it. We decided to try our hand at wood burning our name into it for that rustic look. The pics are going to be animated TT and a animated pine tree. We have done some stenciling so far and not that bad. (personal opinion of course)

We saw these at various campsites last year and thought they were cool, so we're making one. I'll post a pic when it's done.

I do plan to coat the whole thing with clear coat as most of the hot rod builders are doing these days on pick-up truck wooden slotted beds. But prior to the clear coat and prior to our custom signage I want to stain it...darker than the natural pine but no too dark. It's a semi-knotty pine no serious knots. I think it was designated for shelving or custom cabinetry. Any woodworkers out there that could suggest one or two stains? Gel coats or not? Tongue oil or not?
Obviously I don't want a heavy treatment, more just a hint.
The label on the Board says it's a solid, laminated, Lodgepole Pine
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Well it's not some thing that would spend it's life in the weather they do make exterior stain that is water proof that might be all you need. I don't quite understand the laminated though that is usually reserved for plywood. Pine weathers well as long as it does not touch the ground my house is untreated pine siding.
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That's not laminated the way you think. Plywood is layer upon layer.
This type of lamination is edge to edge.

True it won't be outside all year or during the winter. But it got caught in a healthy down pour it would still be protected
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Edge to edge like a cutting board?
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Edge to edge like a cutting board?
Exactly, and the clear coat gives me the finish I'm after but need to know what stain color would be best.
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Use a cedar board (smooth) it's soft and easy to burn. cedar can with stand weathering. You can use Min wax Wipe on poly to enhance
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I guess the color is up to you I would cover it with clear coat that type of edge to edge has a tendency to warp so all the protection you can get can't be bad. Use what ever you like for a stain let dry completely then clear coat it.
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