|Forum topic by kimball||posted 10-01-2009 07:24 PM||950 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
10-01-2009 07:24 PM
I am just finishing up a craftsman style F/P mantle that is flanked by a pair of matching book cases. I used 1/4 sawn white oak throughout and found that the mission gel stain from Rockler was beautiful but pricey. I Emailed Minwax with a querry about what they had to offer and they said that I should try their English Chestnut #233. It was nice but was too red to be a match.
I had numerous left over stains in my locker and decided to experiment. I found a match (to my sixty-two year old eyes) by mixing the afore mentioned #233 with their special walnut #224. I mixed three parts #233 to one part #224. It is not a gel stain but at 1/3 the cost, worth a try.
I spent over $700 on the wood and countless hours on the project. Of course, I didn’t want the project ruined by being tight with the staining process. However, after several tests on pieces fall off that matched various portions of the project, I felt confident and DID THE DEED! It turned out extreemly well and I will be publishing photo’s soon.
Hopefully, this will save you some bucks better spent elsewhere.