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Forum topic by kimball posted 10-01-2009 07:24 PM 896 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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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.


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#1 posted 10-01-2009 10:16 PM

sounds good, cant wait to see the pics

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