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11-28-2009 09:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question trick tip oak finishing

Hello everyone,
I picked up some Curly Red Oak the other day and I need some help as far as what to use to make this curl POP for me . The other issue is that the boards are not from the same tree nor are they the same color : (
As much as I hate to stain or dye my projects , I’m afraid that it will be necessary to do that to achieve a uniform color this time.
A friend recommended TransTint dye mixed with BLO to POP the grain and perhaps a Shellac on top of that . What are your thoughts on these matters ?
Thank you

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#1 posted 11-29-2009 12:36 AM

As far as the grain pop goes, I like to rub with mineral oil first .Seal with a wash coat of shellac, then fill the pores, oak has large and open pores. Then another layer of shellac, and then use a gel stain to blend the color differences. After that you can put what ever you like over it to protect it.
Cant wait to see it.

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#2 posted 11-29-2009 01:31 AM

Charles Neil has a video on you tube on how to make grain pop.

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#3 posted 11-29-2009 05:14 AM

Let’s see it!!!!

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#4 posted 11-29-2009 06:24 AM

I’ve just sanded until I didn’t want to anymore (400, 600) then seal, then light wax or satin poly. I guess it depends on the board and your taste too though…

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