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Forum topic by lady_Diy posted 07-23-2010 06:04 PM 1045 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-23-2010 06:04 PM

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Coffee & side table

Hi Everyone. I just found this forum right on time. I bought the table above from CL and would like to apply some kind of stain/finish to it without losing the integrity of the piece.

It looks like it was stripped/sanded a little but the person i bought it from said the piece was like that what they bought it a few yrs ago.

Questions –
  1. How do i know what kind of wood it is? its pretty solid and doenst scratch easy
  2. What kind of stain would be best for this to keep the wood grain showing but protect it since it will have quiet some heavy use. I am thinking of a dark walnut color since i am not really liking how black would look
  3. Any other advice?

I will post pictures of the finished product.

Thank YOU!

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#1 posted 07-23-2010 06:20 PM

Just a couple of ideas: First, it’s hard for me to tell from the pic what the specie is. Photos of the end grain might help.
Second—I think I would just protect it with oil, either boiled linseed, or pure tung. That might also darken the wood somewhat. (You might try applying some on the underneath side of it and see how you like it.)

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#2 posted 07-23-2010 06:32 PM

Thanks, I have some tung oil…i will try it on the underside to see what it will look like

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#3 posted 07-30-2010 06:16 PM

I stained this three times…here is the result:

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#4 posted 07-31-2010 12:59 AM

Good job.
It is a nice finish.


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