Chestnut Wood

Chestnut Wood

Information on using chestnut wood in woodworking projects, how to finish and stain chestnut.

Craftsman Style

¶ This wood is so near to oak in the appearance of the grain figure that few can tell the difference. It is a light weight, coarse grained wood. It is open grained, of course, and is very durable. Chestnut is little used for exterior building construction and not to any great extent anywhere. Its open grain doesn't absorb paint as readily as might appear. The paint doesn't seem to penetrate. Mix paint thin with a liberal amount of turpentine and brush out each coat, allowing plenty of time to dry. Chestnut interior trim may be stained attractively and a filler is required when varnishing.

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