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Wood Stains at Vermont Timber Works

By Caitlin on October 21, 2022


How we use Stains at Vermont Timber Works

Wood stains are essential to protect and seal the wood, as well as provide a finished look that is aesthetically pleasing.


Water Based vs Oil Based

There are pros and cons to both oil-based and water-based stains. At Vermont Timber Works, we have recently switched to using only water-based stains, however, you can still see plenty of examples of oil-based stains from our past projects over the years.

The short answer to why we’ve switched from oil-based to water-based is we now prefer water-based stains for their ease of application, easier cleanup, and environmental and occupational safety features. We’ve been using water-based wood stains from Benjamin Moore Arborcoat as well as Vermont Natural Coatings. You can see a picture of the sample board that VNC sent us.


How to Sand and Stain Timbers

First, sand the surface of the timber.

Remove the sanding dust and ensure the wood surface is clean and dry.

Then apply the stain as evenly as possible. We can use brushes, sponges, or even rags.

Apply one coat or two depending on how dark you want the color to be.

About the Author


Caitlin is a writer and a full-time Marketing Assistant. She has worked at Vermont Timber Works since 2017.
  1. DRex says:

    There are pros and cons to both oil-based and water-based stains.

  2. The work you have made is indeed a quality one. Would like to have mine done. What’s your price quote?

  3. Dawn Renee says:

    Oh, yeah. That coastal grey is as close to black as can be. I’m thinking the pista and beans stained dark and the rest of the wood left natural. Planning a kitchen with black under counter drawers and light wood cabinets above. This works. It’s going to be terrific.

  4. Drift Boss says:

    Another great article filled with GREAT information Thank you! LOVE the “extra fun” you shared.

  5. Derek says:

    Your website says you don’t recommend having your Douglas fir hand hewn because when you try to create that finish with Douglas fir it tends to peel and doesn’t look its best. Is this also the case with rough cut Douglas fir? I am trying to decide between rough cut or nominal Douglas fir for my outside pavilion. I am planning on using an oil based stain.

    • Caitlin says:

      Hi Derek,

      Rough cut is fine, we use it all the time. The new UV water-based stains seem to be holding up better than oil-based now. We use Vermont Natural Coatings now, and they do very well.


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