|Project by Carl W Richardson||posted 11-14-2012 07:47 PM||2438 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
Just finished these 3 boxes made from a couple of rough sawed red oak planks I acquired cheap and trimmed them with some scrap pieces of black walnut.. I’ve never used red oak before and I DON’T LIKE IT!! The grain and pores require a lot of grain filler to get a smooth surface and then you can ‘read’ the filler thru the finish—I used water based filler that wasn’t supposed to show. On one, I added filler before any finish, on another I added filler after a ‘wash coat’ of poly and on the third, I used a dark oak stain after the filler and put poly over it and that one shows off the filler more than the other two.
Any of you Lumber Jocks have any experience with red oak such that you can give me advice for the future (other than “avoid red oak”)???
-- Carl W Richardson, Tennessee Woodworker