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Forum topic by whaled posted 07-05-2016 12:24 PM 359 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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whaled

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07-05-2016 12:24 PM

Hello,

I am building a wall a cabinets for my living room from walnut veneer plywood. The adjoining wall, as seen in the attached pictures, is covered in solid walnut. I want the cabinets to match the existing walnut wall. Any thought on what I should use. Thanks for the help.

-Dave


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Kirk650

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#1 posted 07-05-2016 01:54 PM

I’d use a blend of Transtint dyes (water based) on some scraps until I found the right color. Then put some finish on the scrap to see if the color match stays true.

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#2 posted 07-05-2016 04:36 PM

The issue with walnut is it lightens as it ages and takes on a more gold/amber almost yellow look. A light golden oak will help, Minwax does so/so, I actually prefer to use General Finishes Light Brown water base dye , and mix it about 50/50 with water , you may have to experiment with the ration on some scrap, but it should get you in the ball park.

I have also had to add a little Amber (GF) dye is its not yellow enough.

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whaled

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#3 posted 07-05-2016 05:49 PM

Thank you for the help so far I will let you all know what works.

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#4 posted 07-05-2016 05:53 PM

be sure to do test samples.

I am concerned over how much chocolate brown is in the plywood. They usually steam walnut in the drying process to leach the darker heart wood tannins into the sap wood. It makes it much darker and often has a deep purple cast to it and it can be a challenge to over come. Thus the test samples, and I suggest the water base dyes because they are much stronger than the Minwax. If it remains too dark, then we may have to bleach it to try to get it lighter, but lets hope the dyes do the trick, they usually do.

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#5 posted 07-05-2016 11:05 PM



... is covered in solid walnut.
-Dave

- whaled

What is your confidence level that paneling is walnut?

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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whaled

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#6 posted 07-06-2016 12:59 AM

Absolutely certain. I have the architect summery of work and it is specifically called out as solid walnut.

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Rick M

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#7 posted 07-06-2016 03:24 AM

I’m just going to say it—going by the picture, I don’t believe it’s walnut heartwood. Could be walnut sapwood or butternut, dyed or toned. I think you will have a bear of a time trying to match the plywood unless you bleach it like Charles Neal suggested. I hope I’m wrong and it’s easier than I think.

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