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#1 posted 01-01-2013 09:59 PM

Just to be clear here, you want the pine/spruce/fir in the second picture to match the slab in the first, right?

If so, you’re probably better off mixing your own tint using aniline or TransTint dyes. What I would do is:
  1. Seal the pine/spruce/fir with sanding sealer or a thin coat of shellac so the color will be even. This is to prevent blotchiness.
  2. Take an off-cut and seal that one too.
  3. Mix up some dye (probably some amber, dark brown, and cherry red) and add it to your color vehicle (blonde shellac, lacquer, poly, whatever) to mix your toner coat.
  4. Test out the mixture on your off-cut test piece. Do a couple coats and compare the color to the redwood slab. Adjust the color vehicle with more dye as needed.
  5. Finish the legs and drawers with the toner coat.
  6. Add a thin coat of clear on top to seal in the color, then add a few top coats of clear.

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