how to make poplar look like walnut

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Blog entry by adam2 posted 07-21-2014 01:33 AM 932 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Does, anyone have a good recipe to make poplar look like dark walnut. Just so you know I will be using a wiping varnish after I get the color right.

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#1 posted 07-21-2014 01:55 AM

I did this end table all out of Poplar with just your standard minwax oil based stains from big orange store to get the look of havimg used two different woods. I have seen lots of suggestions since that say to use a pre-stain conditioner to avoid getting splotches.

Good luck

-- cut it twice and it's still too short...

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#2 posted 07-21-2014 11:39 AM

Dark stain plus several coats of home made spray-on stain (lacquer + Medium Brown aniline dye). Finish with your choice of varnish. Works like a charm.

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