I have some REAL wood—not salvaged barnwood—that I plan to make some boxes with. I plan to use some figured black ash for the sides, matching the grain on all four corners. I have some dark walnut for the base and top. I plan to make a cutout on the top for a customer to make a customized copper insert. (By the Way, I found the “golden ratio” in one of my copy of November 2006 issue of Wood.)
Right nowI am conceiving using some clear shellac on the ash and amber shellac on the top and base. The question is, what type of dye/stain would you all prefer to accentuate the full figured ash? Do I need to stain the walnut to bring out its dark color? If so, what?
Building is realtively easy—the real trick and treasure is in the finish! Help me to better understand this essential step!
-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards