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Posted on white oak verses red oak

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#1 posted 07-18-2011 05:08 PM

They are both very forgiving and finish well. I think white is prettier, especially with the ray flecks and tighter earlywood, but I use red oak a lot more because it’s easy to come by in Texas (IIRC, your a Texan too, so you certainly know that, Topamax).

It’s not a given that red oak is always “red,” but for the most part I do have to compensate for the reddish hue it will impart to the finish. It’s always shifted in that direction and seldom matches my expectations of a color. So, I normally cut my toner with a little green dye to compensate for that when I spray and color match woods.

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