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Tiger Oak Farmhouse Table

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Project by groovy_man_6 posted 06-14-2015 02:22 AM 1726 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was commissioned by two very good friends of mine. Made entirely of Quartersawn Red Oak, I tried to stay true to classic techniques such as mortise and tenon joinery all around, turned legs, and breadboard ends (both on table and leaf). The leaf stores inside the table as you can see. The finishing protocol to make tiger oak really pop includes 1) aniline dye 2) partial seal coat w/ tung oil finish 3) gel stain 4)Final coat of arm-r-seal polyurethane.

Full build album here if interested: http://imgur.com/a/q3UEs

I really have a love affair with tiger oak, it’s so beautiful. They LOVED the table.





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#1 posted 06-14-2015 02:55 AM

Nice looking breadboard ends. Good work.

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#2 posted 06-14-2015 01:17 PM

Outstanding!

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#3 posted 06-14-2015 01:26 PM

Wow Groovy this is a real knock out quality build and an excellent job of finishing.Beautiful table.

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#4 posted 06-14-2015 01:29 PM

Thanks guys! Really appreciate the feedback. Full build album here if interested http://imgur.com/a/q3UEs

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#5 posted 06-14-2015 02:55 PM

Beautiful wood, outstanding craftsmanship! Thanks for sharing. Is the finishing schedule the same as for the previous project? Wondering how you get deep warm reddish undertones.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#6 posted 06-14-2015 03:35 PM

Yep similar finishing schedule…It’s the mix of dyes
And stains that give it the nice reds and browns…So warm and inviting!
1) Aniline Dye (1 coat): 80 drops Transtint (Brown Mahogany) and 10 drop Transtint (Dark Walnut) into 4 0z. H20. 2) Seal Coat (1 coat): I used minwax tung oil finish, but any of those curing oils is fine (danish oil, etc) 3) Gel Stain (1 coat): Minwax Gel stain (color = Mahogany) 4) Arm-r-Seal (polyurethane, 3 coats): sanding with 320 in between

logic is this, the dye enhances ray to non-ray contrast because the rays (tiger stripes) are much harder than the adjacent wood so they absorb less water and thus less dye. Also gets the color about half way dark. Then seal coat because you don’t want the rays to get much darker and you’re about to apply a dark gel stain. Purpose of the gel stain is to add more depth of color, but esp to fill the large oak pores with color, which the gel stain does nicely. I try to wipe as much off the rays as possible. Then just seal it up with polyurethane… I prefer this on a table top to shellac or anything else like that because it’s so tough, dent resistant, water resistant, etc.. I once spilled a shot of sambuca on my a dining room table with shellac and it ate through the finish!!!—I also prefer the look and feel of arm-r-seal polyurethane (semi-gloss) over minwax—it just looks better, goes on better for me and has less of a plasticy look.

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#7 posted 06-14-2015 03:56 PM

Thanks! Yes, no question, varnishes are much more practical—will try GF Arm-R-Seal. I am finishing white oak samples now using the schedule from your restoration project (beautiful finish!) and it looks great before poly coats. I will try to add some red dye for more reddish brown though, because my samples are mostly golden brown. Could it be because yours is red oak, not white? Again, greatly appreciate your response and sharing the schedule!

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#8 posted 06-14-2015 04:01 PM

My pleasure! Happy to contribute. I think most of the red comes from the minwax gel stain (color mahogany), it looks red in the can…I haven’t noticed any difference on white oak vs red oak…I’ve used it on both and they came out very similarly as far as I can tell

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#9 posted 06-14-2015 05:09 PM

That is an absolute beauty. Congratulations on a fine job.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#10 posted 06-14-2015 05:15 PM

Absolutely gorgeous!

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#11 posted 06-14-2015 07:13 PM

Nice job all around, but extra kudos on that finish – perfect!

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#12 posted 06-14-2015 09:32 PM

You made a beautiful wood even more beautiful!

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#13 posted 06-15-2015 11:26 AM

Great work with some beautiful wood.

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#14 posted 06-15-2015 11:37 AM

The Tiger Oak turned out beautifully! Thanks for the recipe for the finish.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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