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Forum topic by CAM2016 posted 07-27-2016 07:22 PM 332 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CAM2016

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07-27-2016 07:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stain nursery furniture finish finishing question red oak pine mixing species

My wife and I just found out that we are expecting our first child this December. My wife has tasked my father and I with building nursery furniture.

My question is as follows.

I have designed a crib and matching dresser. I am primarily using Red Oak, and the cost is really starting to add up. The crib has 4 posts and 4 lower supports in various dimensions. I am planning on making the entire crib out of red oak, and using pine for the upright posts and lower supports. The look I am going for is a two tone crib. Can anyone offer advice/suggestions on this idea? am I making a mistake by mixing species of wood and types of stain? If the crib is an Oak/Pine combo with two different stains, can I still make the dresser solid red oak, and achieve the same stain pattern?

My experience with woodworking in general is pretty decent, but I rarely work with stain?

Please help!


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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 07-27-2016 10:00 PM

Cam, congratulations to you and your wife. Mixing woods is perfectly acceptable if that is the look you desire. If you want to stain the differing species to look the same, that is virtually impossible. Even if you are able to get the colors to be the same on the different woods, the grain will be very different. I hope this helps because I am not sure if I answered your questions.

-- Art

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Kirk650

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#2 posted 07-27-2016 10:24 PM

Well, pine doesn’t stain that well, so I’d use red oak for the whole thing. It should stain in a consistent fashion. For stain, I’d use a water based Transtint die. You can mix up the die and test it on scrap wood till you find the shade you like. Actually, do the test till you find the shade your wife likes. Life is better that way.

I’d do the stain prior to the final assembly and glue-up.

I’ve made a couple of cribs in walnut, and it gave me great joy to see them in use.

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jwmalone

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#3 posted 07-27-2016 10:29 PM

I think you’re wanting to use different stains on the different woods and have two tone furniture not make them match. You just want to make the two pieces match. If that’s the case no problems. The oak dresser will match the oak parts of the crib if you use the same stain and match the grain in the woods, but I would throw some pine in there somewhere so both pieces are a matching set. Staining pine is tricky stuff though

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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Aj2

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#4 posted 07-27-2016 10:58 PM

Why would you put any kinda of stain on a crib near a brand new baby.
Keep it natural as possible next to the little guy or girl.

Aj

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jwmalone

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#5 posted 07-27-2016 11:02 PM

aj2 has a valid point didn’t think of that never made furniture for infants.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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Kirk650

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#6 posted 07-27-2016 11:07 PM

Don’t worry about the baby. Make it, stain it, put the finish on and let it cure, and it’ll be baby safe. But, my granddaughter does have extra fingers…surely it wasn’t the stain….:-)

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jwmalone

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#7 posted 07-27-2016 11:28 PM

if the kid turns out to be a chewer rub habanera oil on it they wont do it again.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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CAM2016

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#8 posted 07-28-2016 12:06 AM

I certainly appreciate all of the feedback. I hadn’t thought about staining infant furniture/the kid being a chewer. I’ll have to look more into that. I’m new to the site, but I appreciate everyone pitching in some really great advice.

Anyone else reading this feel free to keep suggesting. Advice is always great!!!!

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Kirk650

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#9 posted 07-28-2016 12:36 AM

If you make a crib for the child, the baby will be out of the crib and into a baby bed prior to having teeth. The baby bed is what’s going to be chewed.

Because of the short actual use time of the crib, I built versions that could be disassembled.

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CAM2016

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#10 posted 07-28-2016 01:20 AM

Kirk. That’s my plan. Once I get everything like I want it, I will do a “mock up” for a crib, a toddler bed and a twin bed. That way it will be kind of a 3 in 1.

I definitely want to make sure I get it right. It could be around for a while

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Kirk650

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#11 posted 07-28-2016 02:18 AM

It’s a good feeling to have your babies happily giggling in something you made for them. And years pass and he or she will want a car, and then they have babies and then those babies will be happily giggling in that crib. Be sure to sign your work. Three generations from now they might want to know who made that crib, and when.

Kirk

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jwmalone

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#12 posted 07-28-2016 03:04 AM

Good thing is your child wont have to sleep in throw away furniture, one day they can use it for their children, of course they’ll send it to grandpa for a tweak on the finish lol.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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