To stain or not to stain #1: Love me some stain

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So I’m starting another project for a going away plague for a fellow Soldier. It will be a shadow box with two crossed replica harpers ferry pistols… felt backdrop… a couple other features. I’m making it out of Red Oak… and now I’m at that critical point of to stain or put a natural finish. Well I already think I’ve made my choice on this project but would love to hear what others have to say.

-- Mike Merzke,

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#1 posted 797 days ago

I personally prefer not to stain wood, but let their natural colors show through. That said, oak is the one exception for me. Stain away. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 797 days ago

Oak is an exception for me as well. Min Wax Gunstock and Dark Walnut are 2 that I like for red oak. I don’t think you will be able to stain it very dark regardless of what stain you use. Get some scrap and experiment until you get a look you like. Don’t waste your time with MW Red Oak stain. It looks terrible on red oak!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Mike Merzke

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#3 posted 797 days ago

I think MW Red Mahogany looks good on Red Oak. I haven’t really found any local Hard Wood Dealers. So for now I practice with wood I get from Lowes or Home Depot…. So Red Oak is getting fancy for me.

-- Mike Merzke,

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#4 posted 792 days ago

I finished the plaque and posted a picture in my projects. I think the finish turned out great.

-- Mike Merzke,

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