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Are you using sanding sealer first?  I understand that will cure a lot of basswood problems as far as staining.

 

As for "preferred" wood for bending.. depends on a lot of things. Any of the common building woods... pear, swiss pear, boxwood, cherry, etc. will take a stain and bend.  But again, it depends.. thickness of the wood for bending and to some extent how the color of the stain will look over the color of the wood selected. Some woods need a good soaking and heat to help bend.  Others, not so much.

 

Not much help but you'll have to give some more info one what you're looking for.

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I'm not familiar with using sanding sealer first. I plan on using minwax colors, Golden Oak and Natural mix. I have the Minwax Pre-Stain which some say will help the stain go on more evenly across the surface once it is applied.

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Take a look at aqueous or alcohol based wood dye and use clear over that.  Stain is essentially paint. 

Depending on the wood, you may wish to prep the surface by applying water ( with maybe 10% TiteBond or WeldBond ) and scrape or sand the raised grain.

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Mark, I have found through some tests I have made that basswood looks better if I use a lighter stain. It's not as blotchy. See. . .http://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/4930-18th-century-longboat-by-stuntflyer-mike-model-shipways/. . post #12. So, if this is true, I would like to find out if other woods suitable for planking the hull would take a darker stain better while having the flexibility of or similar to basswwod for edge bending, etc. Also, I will look into using sanding sealer as a prep.

 

Jaager, I will look into this too. So many different ways of doing things.

 

Thanks!

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