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Our Favorite Wood Stains at VTW

By Caitlin on August 31, 2018

Applying Timber Finish

Applying Finish

Here, dark walnut Minwax stain is being applied to the chamfered edge on the timbers using a foam brush. Each beam has stain applied to all four sides and in all the pockets and joints.


There are many important choices to make when considering the details of your timber frame including, wood species, wood texture, and whether to incorporate steel. Wood Stain can be another important choice that will greatly affect the appearance of your frame. Wood Stains can be hard to visualize until you can get a sample of the stain on your chosen wood species. Stains can look different based on the species of the wood and sometimes even the texture of the wood. Today we’ll look at some of the most popular stain products we use at VTW and some of our past projects that feature them.



NH Barn Home

The beams in this home are planed and chamfered Douglas fir with Minwax Stain in Provincial.

Timber Frame Joinery with Pegs and Keys in Barn Style Home in NH



Minocqua Residence

The Arches in this home are made from Planed and Chamfered Douglas fir with Minwax Stain in Early American.

Interior of a Custom Timber Frame Residence in WI with dark stained, arched king post trusses, cathedral windows and ceilings, and a stone fireplace.

Photo Courtesy of Schultz Building

Westminster Presbyterian

These Arched Hammer Beam Trusses are Planed and Chamfered Douglas fir with a clear Urethane that preserves the natural color of the Douglas fir.

Interior of Westminster Presbyterian Church with Hammer Trusses and Stained Glass window

Sam’s Point Visitor’s Center

These Beams feature Rough Sawn Hemlock with Stain in Medium Walnut.

Steel and Timber detail in the interior of the Sams Point Visitors Center in Upstate NY


Rich Barn

This barn was made with Rough Sawn Red Oak Timbers with Cabot Clear Wood Protector.

Interior Of Rich Barn in PA


Kituwah Academy

These beams feature Planed and Chamfered Douglas Fir with Minwax Stain Cherry.

Post & Beam Interior


Deer Lake Dining Hall

The Dining Hall Beams were built with Planed and Chamfered White Pine with Minwax Ipswich Pine Stain.

Interior of a Heavy Timber Frame Dining Hall for a Boy Scout Camp in CT

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  1. bob Baxter says:

    looking to build a wedding and event barn/pavillion

    • Caitlin says:

      Hi Bob,

      Thanks for reaching out. Our Sales Rep, Greg provided you with some information and a proposal this past June. We can update that proposal for you if any information about your Wedding/Event Barn has changed. Feel free to reach out to Greg at [email protected] or give us a call at 802-886-1917.



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