Working with Arbutus wood
by Jim Bergot
(Qualicum Beach BC)
I was lucky enough to inherit a slab of Arbutus wood which was 8'x 17" x 2" thick. I had now planed it to about 1 3/4" and am making a coffee table out of it.
My question is when I tried staining it slightly darker it appeared to be somewhat blotchy. Is there a way to avoid this problem and still darken the finish. I plan on using a low gloss varathane to finish the top for protection. Any suggestions you could give would be appreciated.