I'm back. Time to stain the lazy susan.
First I disassembled the susan and it was just as big a pain to take it apart as it was to assemble it to begin with:
Pine is a soft wood and as such it can often absorb stains more deeply in some areas than others, with the result being a blotchy-colored surface. I use Minwax* sealers and I sealed both the top and bottom with this:
As the sealer is a golden colored liquid, it deepened the natural color of the pine. I love unstained pine and I wish I could stop here. Lovely.
But my friend wanted it stained a burgundy color. To achieve this I used Behr semi-transparent exterior stain in burgundy:
This type of stain comes in a variety of colors and since it's semi transparent, some of the wood grain will be visible through the stain.
I applied this to both the top and the bottom and initially it looked like a pale lavender color and I thought OH NO this isn't burgundy! But I quickly remember that stains often change colors as they dry and this is no exception:
Both the top and the bottom are now stained and I'm going to let them dry until tomorrow. I'll take another look and see if a second coat of stain is necessary. My friend emphasized a deep burgundy so additional staining might be necessary.
Now I'm going downstairs to apply some poly urethane to the finial. That will take several coats to build up a smooth surface as turning the finial exposed a lot of end grain--and as we all know, end grain sucks up stains and finishes like a sponge.
*Note: I'm not a paid endorser for Minwax products but I do like to point out the materials I use and Minwax products generally give a good result regards of a person's level of expertise. And they are moderately priced and readily available in the US.