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Forum topic by siouxdawgs0409 posted 08-30-2010 02:48 AM 1062 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-30-2010 02:48 AM

I am looking for ideas on what lumber to use for a table I am going to build coming up. It needs to be dark. Is there anything that you can stain dark but would have a red tint to it. The floor in the room is a mahgonay on red oak and the rest of the furniture is a dark wood. I am thinking possibly walnut. I would use the walnut for the majority of the table but I am looking for the reddish tint dark wood for the stretchers to add a slight hint of color to it.

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#1 posted 08-30-2010 03:20 AM

This may or may not be of any help, but I know a luthier who uses quilted birch, applies red shellac and then poly’s it. The effect is striking.

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#2 posted 08-30-2010 03:35 AM

I think walnut is a great idea for the main portion of your table. It is a great wood to work with.

Regarding an accent wood with a reddish tint there are several options. Bloodwood is the first that comes to mind. Bubinga is a close second. Redheart is also an option but I have never worked with it.

The primary difference between bloodwood and bubinga is that bloodwood has very little noticeable grain and some (not all) bubinga has a very distinctive grain.

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#3 posted 08-30-2010 03:56 AM

I’m not sure exactly what color you are going for, but I made this table for my office using walnut with dark mahogany stain.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 08-30-2010 04:56 AM

That color is close Charlie, I am thinking walnut for sure now seeing that. If I put some sort of brown stain on the bloodwood do you think it would give it a brown color like the walnut and keep the reddish tint as well?

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#5 posted 08-30-2010 05:22 AM

Probably so. You will really need to try it on a scrap and see how it comes out.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 08-30-2010 05:30 AM

African mahogany would be my choice.


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