The goal is to get a finish similar to this from groovyman6.
Sample boads are rift sawn white oak, first dyed with Transtint Brown Mahogany, either at 1 to 32 dilution (two thinner bands) or at 1 to 15 (three thicker bands):
(photo taken in the shade)
After the dye dried, I lightly sanded the darker bands with either grit 600 (the top one) or 220 (the bottom one), then applied Minwax Tung Oil Finish per instructions and then, next day, one board was stained with Minwax Mahogany Gel Stain (on the right), the other with GF georgian cherry gel stain (on the left).
(photo taken in the sun)
Will apply poly next to see if the final colors change.
Both stains were similar in color—nice deep dark burgundy red with some brown. However, after wiping the stains off, as the instructions say, both stains were almost completely gone—expected more color from them. The GF stain almost disguised the flecks, which wasn’t what I was looking for.
I guess my next sample will be with a dye that has more red in it.
Orange or garnet shellac instead of Minwax Tung Oil will probably give more warm orange-red undertones, which I don’t see in these two samples.
Will try to sand after application of dye with grit 180 in an attempt to get a richer color with the stains to get some more difference in color between the ray flecks and the grain. Right now, the flecks and the grain have the same color suggesting that the gel stains haven’t really worked.
I guess I’m now looking for more orange-red dye and more dark reddish-brown stain.
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