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Forum topic by Dedvw posted 01-12-2016 01:39 PM 359 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dedvw

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01-12-2016 01:39 PM

Hello all,

I picked up some grey reclaimed lumber the other day an am wondering what some of my fellow woodworking peeps have used to stain the wood a matching color. To explain further, I am making a box and don’t want the whiter ends of the board(the parts I cut) to stand out. I dont want to make miter cuts on the edge either, so I am looking for some trick that any of you have used to match the grey color.

Thanks for the help.


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#1 posted 01-12-2016 02:58 PM

i use steel wool in vinegar solution

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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#2 posted 01-12-2016 04:41 PM

I have used gray paint

-- .. heyoka ..

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#3 posted 01-13-2016 01:41 AM

Can you explain how you use the steel wool and vinegar solution? Do you let the steel wool soak in the vinegar overnight or do you just apply by dipping? How many coats do you usually need?

Verde, do you have a particular brand or type of paint that you find matches the grey the best?

Thanks for the help.

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#4 posted 01-13-2016 03:21 PM

put some vinegar in canister with steel wool, wait a week or so and brush or wipe on. The color will differ depending on wood type, amount of steel wool etc. If it’s just the end grain you can use paint like verdedog recommends and just sand back a bit afterwords. (i use rustoleum spray paint, color depends but often black) good luck

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#5 posted 01-13-2016 03:40 PM

I have a friend that had some stain made at one of the big box hardware stores for the same reasons as you have. It worked out well for him. I also like using weathered wood for the look and have re-sawed the wood into thinner pieces and used it as a cove over a carcass. Here’s an example,

The feeder is just a plywood box the a weathered veneer.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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