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Pburchins

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09-29-2016 11:42 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak finishing sanding

Hello,

I purchased a piece of live edge red oak at lumber yard garage sale on Saturday. We are planning to attach black metal legs to slab and make a coffee table. I just had surgery yesterday,so, I have a few days to come up with a finish plan.

I am not looking for an epoxy finish. I went to the lumberyard looking a piece of walnut but they did not have the size I needed. Is it a bad idea to stain a live edge slab??? If I do a stain whose stain system would be most durable? When I say system I mean a poly type finish. I would prefer to stay in a line vs. mixing product lines or….........another idea, Do I stay with a natural finish with Linseed or Danish Oil?

As you can see I am not set in my ideas…....I would like to darken it with a walnut type stain because we have a grey/black couch and we are attaching black legs.

Would love advice or constructive criticism/suggestions….....

Thanks,

Patrick


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haskins

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#1 posted 09-29-2016 11:59 AM

I probably wouldn’t stain it walnut, as this would probably make it darker then desired and there really just wouldnt be any contrast to the legs. Personally i would just put on danish and wipe-on-poly over that. If you are determined to stain it poly-shades almost is never the answer, as it is nearly impossible to apply right. I have alway liked the look of a faint reddish stain, but that’s just a personal opinion.

-- father son woodworks

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Pburchins

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#2 posted 09-29-2016 12:56 PM

Thank you for your response and opinion! The fact that I am asking for advice shows my lack of determination staining it walnut….... the suggestion of staining it walnut came from the guy at the lumberyard. As I was driving home, the more I thought about it the whole reason for going live edge is to bring out the natural beauty of the wood. I keep thinking staining it walnut doesn’t make it walnut. Kind of like staining finger joint pine moulding with mahogany stain doesn’t make it mahogany moulding…..(sad thing is I have walked through spec home that a contractor stained finger joint crown and chair rail moulding,LOL)

I have commercial contractor experience and have little experience with stains and finishes. I have learned if you don’t have the experience ask someone who does….........people are usually great in helping when asked. Thanks for the help!


I probably wouldn t stain it walnut, as this would probably make it darker then desired and there really just wouldnt be any contrast to the legs. Personally i would just put on danish and wipe-on-poly over that. If you are determined to stain it poly-shades almost is never the answer, as it is nearly impossible to apply right. I have alway liked the look of a faint reddish stain, but that s just a personal opinion.

- haskins


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gfadvm

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#3 posted 09-30-2016 12:21 AM

Remove the bark as step one.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Pburchins

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#4 posted 09-30-2016 12:40 AM

Err…Thanks….........as I memtioned in my original post I am recovering from surgery and I am trying to figure out the finishing ahead of time while I had some down time…..


Remove the bark as step one.

- gfadvm


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Luthierman

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#5 posted 09-30-2016 01:36 AM

We do a lot of stuff with lumber like this out at the workshop. We stick with the festool oil. Just the oil, no stain. It does wonders for grain pop. Its a very durable, beautiful finish. It is also ridiculously easy to do. Check it out.

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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AZWoody

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#6 posted 09-30-2016 01:59 AM

I rarely use stain when I want to have a natural look.

Depending on what the use is, I will put either just poly or a couple coats of light shellac and then a poly or lacquer over that.

The shellac to me helps pop the natural character of the wood.

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#7 posted 09-30-2016 04:00 PM



We do a lot of stuff with lumber like this out at the workshop. We stick with the festool oil. Just the oil, no stain. It does wonders for grain pop. Its a very durable, beautiful finish. It is also ridiculously easy to do. Check it out.

- Luthierman

“festool oil”? Best that stuff is expensive.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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