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Forum topic by orangeblue posted 02-21-2016 02:16 PM 703 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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orangeblue

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02-21-2016 02:16 PM

Hello,
Ive learned alot reading this forum for a while, thanks for all the great info! Im making a dining room table top from spalted pecan. Im pretty set on finishing the top with Waterlox original, no stain or dyes. Im building the x frame legs and apron from pine, it was the only untreated large lumber I could find.
Im looking for opinions on what to do with the legs and apron color. My wife wanted a darker table, but when she saw what the natural pecan looks like with only a varnish, she was sold. Im thinking about a dark stain, like dark walnut or Espresso for the base to contrast with the lighter top.
I thought it would be bad idea to try and match the color of the stained pine with the pecan top, plus it would be too much light wood and would not match the dark wood decor we have.
I appreciate your help!


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#1 posted 02-21-2016 02:22 PM

That will be tough match. If it is old pine it might be okay since it might absorb the stain evenly.

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#2 posted 02-21-2016 02:40 PM

Staining pine dark is tough because you will get grain reversal that is pretty ugly in my opinion. Can’t you find some oak?

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#3 posted 02-21-2016 02:59 PM

One consideration when trying to match 2 different woods to look the same, you have to take in grain configuration. Example, you make make Poplar look like walnut, because the grain is similar, but not oak to walnut.

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#4 posted 02-21-2016 03:23 PM

Have you thought about painting the legs and apron ?

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#5 posted 02-21-2016 03:31 PM

Ebonizing the legs and apron is a nice look, if it works with your other furniture.

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#6 posted 02-21-2016 04:42 PM

orangeblue,

It sounds like the wife is your client. What does she think? Unfortunately you will probably have to prepare some sample boards for her. But I would definitely go with what she likes.

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orangeblue

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#7 posted 02-21-2016 06:08 PM

Yes, my wife is the client, aren’t they always!? I definitely am not going to try and match the color of the top to the base, it would look horrible and it would take away from the beauty of the pecan.
I have considered painting it, probably as a last resort. An espresso or ebony stain may be the best contrast. The floors are a dark walnut, all the lighting and fixtures are oil rubbed bronze.

This table is a copy of the pottery barn Toscana table if your familiar with that.

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#8 posted 02-21-2016 08:52 PM

Espresso does nothing to take the look of yellow pine away. It would be best to ebonize it if you can. Then throw a sealer and a lacquer on it and bob’s your uncle!

The pecan top will steal the stage. Post picks when you are done! Or better yet, post pics now! We love to see progress pics.

-- "I only do what the voices in my wife's head tell her to tell me to do."

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conifur

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#9 posted 02-21-2016 10:27 PM

I would not try and Ebonizing pine to get a true effect. I would go with Poplar if you do that for the legs and apron.

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conifur

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#10 posted 02-21-2016 10:31 PM

Take a look here of pics of 2 color furniture.
https://www.google.com/search?q=pics+of+2+tone+furniture&biw=1366&bih=635&site=webhp&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwig9NiL9InLAhUMWj4KHVvXC-kQsAQIGw

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orangeblue

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#11 posted 02-22-2016 12:15 AM

Here’s a pic of the table clamped and drying. It’s about to go to the drum sander

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#12 posted 02-22-2016 12:44 PM

I think Hickory, white oak or even maple would go well with it.

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#13 posted 02-28-2016 01:34 AM

Ready for the drum sander

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#14 posted 03-06-2016 03:12 AM

First coat of finish going on

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#15 posted 03-24-2016 12:39 AM

Here’s the final product! I’ll knock down the shine in a month or so when it cures.

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