Rustic/age oak plywood

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Forum topic by talm222 posted 10-22-2015 04:00 AM 474 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-22-2015 04:00 AM


New to the Lumberjocks!
For most of my projects I use reclaimed wood. I don’t have much experience with staining.

I am building a new desk and I decided to use red oak plywood. I need an exact size (building around stereo equipment) and I wanted to keep the budget low.

I stained the inside area of the desk with 2 coats of Minwax Weathered Oak. The color is pretty bland to me. It also doesn’t have the rustic/aged look to it. I imagine it would clash with the rest of my stuff.

I am wondering if you guys have and advise to offer me.

Thank you in advance

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#1 posted 10-22-2015 04:59 AM

I’ve done a lot of red oak plywood and lumber using Watco Danish oil medium walnut. I finish it with Minwax fast dry gloss poly. I think it gives it an aged look. Where I live it hard to find any of the higher end finishes. What’s your other stuff look like?

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#2 posted 10-22-2015 02:54 PM

Here’s a copy things I’ve done. I also have some items made of pallets and reclaim floor board.
Matching colors is not important. I do want the desk to be darker however.

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#3 posted 10-22-2015 03:37 PM

Wish people would rotate their photos before posting.hard on the neck

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#5 posted 10-22-2015 06:26 PM

Not sure exactly what you’re asking. Are you wanting to know how to strip that finish, how to change the color of that finish, or are you asking what finish will look good with your other pieces?

If you’re looking for a dark finish, pretty much anything “walnut” is a good bet. I’d say BurlyBob’s suggestion will probably give a nice looking finish. My biggest suggestion would be to grab a piece of leftover scrap ply and experiment on it before doing any more to your desk. I like the figure on that sheet of ply BTW.

Welcome to LJs too!

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#6 posted 10-22-2015 07:00 PM

I don’t need to strip since I only stained the inside of the table.

I picked up some walnut stain thanks to both of yalls advise. In a way, I’m wondering if there is a staining technique to enhance a rustic/weathered/age look.

I will definitely use some scraps to test out first.


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#7 posted 10-23-2015 07:41 PM

My advise is a little harder with reclaimed wood, but here it goes:

I say do a lot of test strips. catalog each one. use the one you like.
Tastes are so subjective, something i think i like and looks like “Weathered Oak” you might hate and think looks like Bantha Poo doo.
PS keep the test strips and directions to repeat results.

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