My husband is making a lamp with a lighter wood base. What is the best way to finish/Sedalia the wood?
There are many different sealers on the market and it depends on what you want to accomplish. If the wood is knotty like pine you could start with a wash coat of shellac to seal in the pine resin.
If you are using a wood like cherry that tends to blotch when stained you can use a pre-sealer before staining or finishing.
If you are trying to match the color of the base start by trying different stains on the same type of wood the lamp is made from. Sand the test piece the same way you did the lamp to get the closest color match. Again, you can use a pre-stain if the color comes out uneven.
If you simply want to seal moisture out you can check the labels of different sealers depending on how much sealing power you need.
You can find sealers from ones that form a light coat on the wood surface, to ones that can be immersed in water (hopefully you're not planning that with your lamp).
Not sure that will be much help, but without knowing more about your project it's the best I can do.
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