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Forum topic by Joel_B posted 10-24-2016 01:18 AM 531 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-24-2016 01:18 AM

I am looking for a stain to use on the top of a night stand which is white oak.
I tried some GF Pecan water based stain on some scrap and here is the thing.
White oak has deep pores in the grain which come out much darker than the surface and I don’t like that look.
Also I am looking for a darker richer color. So I want something that has a more uniform look.
There are so many stains, water based, oil based, gel stain, dyes.
I have noticed in some case multiple stains are used starting with a dye and then gel stain and even two coats of different color gel stain. I can’t begin to understand why this is done and how you would know which three colors to choose. I did find this dye stained cabinet I like but would probably go darker.
Thanks for any help.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#1 posted 10-24-2016 07:24 PM

If you don’t like dark colored pores, you may need to do a pore filling step first using something of a lighter color. May not need to be 100% filled, just partly filled, then sealed before the next color step.

Look at the “recipes” at Homestead Finishing for emulating the various Stickley oak finishes.

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